Mason Foster LB TB 9 Days

Mason Foster is considered the "odds-on favorite" to start at middle linebacker for the Bucs.

However, ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas names Foster as one of three players who need a strong training camp. The Bucs signed Dane Fletcher in the offseason, and he has plenty of experience and smarts after playing for Bill Belichick the previous four seasons. DC Leslie Frazier expressed concern with Foster's ability to cover running backs and tight ends. Foster is a thumper.

Mason Foster LB TB 3 Months

Bucs coach Lovie Smith anticipates MLB Mason Foster blitzing more in his version of the Tampa-2 this season.

"The position will blitz," Smith said. "Brian Urlacher will tell you that. Man coverage is also a part of what we ask. All those things, we feel like Mason can do." Bucs DC Leslie Frazier recently expressed concern over whether Foster has the coverage skills to remain at middle linebacker, but he showed some signs of improvement with three interceptions last year, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Foster should also see his snaps increase with the Bucs expected to use less dime packages.

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Bucs DC Leslie Frazier hinted the team may need to find a new middle linebacker, upgrading on Mason Foster.

Foster is an attacking linebacker who likes to get into the backfield. In the Bucs' new "Tampa-2" defense, the middle linebacker has to excel in coverage. Foster has struggled with that ever since being the 84th pick in the 2011 draft. He graded out in the bottom half of Pro Football Focus' inside linebacker rankings this past season. Lovie Smith will be looking for his next Brian Urlacher.

Mason Foster LB TB 8 Months

Bucs declared LB Mason Foster, FB Lonnie Pryor, G Patrick Omameh, G Carl Nicks, DT Gary Gibson, and DE Steven Means inactive for Week 12.

Foster's absence is a blow to Tampa Bay's run defense as the Bucs get set to take on Reggie Bush. Nicks remains out indefinitely after toe surgery.

Mason Foster LB TB 8 Months

Bucs MLB Mason Foster (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Foster is still suffering from the effects of his Week 11 concussion and has yet to be cleared to practice. His loss is a matchup upgrade for Reggie Bush and Detroit's running game. Adam Hayward is Foster's backup.

Mason Foster LB TB Feb 14 '13

Beat writer Roy Cummings has a gut feeling that the Bucs are thinking of moving Mason Foster to strong-side linebacker.

Mason Foster LB TB Oct 12 '12

Bucs MLB Mason Foster has a team-high seven tackles for loss through four games after recording just four in 16 games as a rookie.

Through four games, the Bucs as a team have roughly half as many tackles for loss as they did a year ago when the run defense cratered down the stretch. Foster is once again the team leader in tackles with 36 while the Bucs have gone from 32nd in run defense to top-five in the NFL.

Mason Foster LB TB Sep 02 '12

Bucs MLB Mason Foster (hamstring) has resumed practicing and looks to be on track to play in the season opener.

The hamstring should be a non-issue moving forward. Foster, a third-round pick in the 2011 draft, recorded 84 tackles and two sacks as a 15-game rookie starter. We'd like him better in 2012 IDP leagues if he became an every-down player.

Mason Foster LB TB Aug 30 '12

Bucs MLB Mason Foster's (hamstring) status is in question for the season opener.

"Hopefully, it can become a non-issue sometime in the near future," said coach Greg Schiano. "Will he play opening day? I'm not sure - I hope so." If Foster sits out, undersized special teamer Adam Hayward will draw the start versus the Panthers.

Mason Foster LB TB Jun 08 '12

Bucs 2011 third-round pick Mason Foster has worked as the team's starting middle linebacker throughout OTAs.

Quincy Black has been the SAM 'backer, with rookie Lavonte David on the weak side. Coach Greg Schiano is noncommittal on the Week 1 lineup, but this seems like the safest bet thus far. We like David's chances of getting the most tackles.