Mason Foster
LB WAS (4)
4 years ago

Foster left Sunday's game against the Rams with a shoulder injury, and he will not return, Jenna Laine of FOX Sports 1 reports.

Initially deemed probable to return upon exiting early in the game, Foster was later ruled out. He had nine tackles (five solo) in Week 1, and added another two (both solo) before leaving Sunday's game. Dane Fletcher is filling in at middle linebacker.

Mason Foster
LB WAS (4)
4 years ago

Bucs MLB Mason Foster has shed seven pounds since the spring in an effort to become better in coverage and quicker laterally.

Foster played at 242 pounds last season. In new coach Lovie Smith's defense, linebackers have to be fast to cover running backs and tight ends. Foster has mostly been a straight-linish attacking linebacker since being the 84th pick in the 2011 draft. Foster will be on the IDP radar as an every-down player.

Mason Foster
LB WAS (4)
4 years ago

Bucs MLB Mason Foster has shed seven pounds since the spring in an effort to become better in coverage and quicker laterally.

Foster played at 242 pounds last season. In new coach Lovie Smith's defense, linebackers have to be fast and be able to cover running backs and tight ends. Foster has mostly been a straight-linish attacking linebacker since being the 84th pick in the 2011 draft. Foster will be on the IDP radar as an every-down player.

Mason Foster
LB WAS (4)
4 years ago

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 WAS (4)
4 years ago

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 WAS (4)
4 years ago

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.

Mason Foster
LB WAS (4)
5 years ago1 Comment

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 WAS (4)
5 years ago

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 WAS (4)
5 years ago

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 WAS (4)
6 years ago

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