Robert Foster had an up-and-down career at Alabama. At times, he showed flashes of what made him a former 5-star recruit in the 2013 class. Other times, he dealt with injuries and issues with consistency.
The 6-foot-2, 194-pound receiver finished with only 345 yards and 3 touchdowns during four seasons in Tuscaloosa. Still, he managed to sign a free-agent contract with the Buffalo Bills after going undrafted following the 2018 NFL Draft.
Now, it looks like the Monaca, Pa., native is turning heads during the team’s OTAs:
The one WR I do seem to see on the field quite often when I look up is UDFA Robert Foster of Alabama.
— Sal Capaccio 🏈 (@SalSports) June 7, 2018
Capaccio isn’t the only Bills beat writer to notice Foster’s impressive start. Jay Skurski with The Buffalo News brought up the former Alabama receiver during a recent mailbag. When Skurski was asked about an early sleeper pick to make an impact for the Bills in 2018, this was his response:
“I’ll give you two — both from Alabama. Receiver Robert Foster and cornerback Levi Wallace both have the physical attributes NFL teams look for. Forster plays a position of need and ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine at 6-foot-2. He also has a brief history with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll from their time together last season.”
It’s not surprising to see Foster — and Wallace for that matter — doing so well. Last season, the Tide’s quarterback situation didn’t really give receivers — outside of Calvin Ridley — a chance to consistently showcase their skills.
Ridley led the team with 63 receptions in 2017. The next wide receiver had only 14, which was a three-way tie between Foster, Jerry Jeudy and Cam Sims.
The Bills’ mandatory minicamp is set to start on Tuesday. Hopefully, Foster continues to impress en route to not only making the 53-man roster, but contributing on Sundays as well.