Robert Foster

Miami Dolphins
Wide Receiver #8
Miami Dolphins
Wide Receiver #8
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Heads to Miami

Foster signed with the Dolphins on Wednesday, Cameron Wolfe of reports.

Analysis: Foster hasn't produced any meaningful statistics since recording a 27-541-3 line during his rookie season in 2018. The Dolphins already have DeVante Parker, Preston Williams (foot) and Jakeem Grant (ankle) locked into roles for 2021. In turn, the 26-year-old Foster will likely be called up to play for special-teams duties in Miami, though his blazing speed could command offensive work in select packages.

Mar 17, 2021 4:03 PM EST

Another quiet year

Foster played in four games for the Washington Football Team in 2020, catching two of six targets for 37 yards.

Analysis: Foster hasn't been able to recapture his 2018 rookie magic from Buffalo, but he did play a lot of special teams snaps for Washington in December and January, potentially creating a path to a roster spot in 2021. The Alabama product isn't likely to generate much interest as a restricted free agent this offseason, after catching just five passes in 17 games the past two years.

Jan 11, 2021 9:51 AM EST

Not playing Sunday

Foster (coach's decision) is a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Kyle Stackpole of Washington's official site reports.

Analysis: Foster has only appeared in four games for Washington this season, having secured two of six targets for 37 yards. He's also played 48 snaps on special teams.

Jan 3, 2021 4:31 PM EST

Makes second appearance of year

Foster finished without a catch on two targets in Sunday's 23-15 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: It was Foster's second appearance since signing with Washington in late October. He played five snaps on offense and 14 on special teams, working as the No. 5 receiver behind Terry McLaurin, Cam Sims, Steven Sims and Isaiah Wright.

Dec 14, 2020 6:39 AM EST

Set for season debut

Foster is active Sunday against the Bengals for the first time this season, Kyle Stackpole of Washington's official site reports.

Analysis: The 26-year-old was signed by Washington off Green Bay's practice squad a month ago, but Sunday's contest will be his first time suiting up in 2020. Foster should operate as a depth wideout for the Football Team.

Nov 22, 2020 9:00 AM EST

Officially sitting out Sunday

Foster (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Though Washington poached Foster from Green Bay's practice squad a few days ago, the wideout won't be available to play while he waits to clear COVID-19 intake testing with his new organization. As a result, the Football Team will turn to Jeff Badet and Tony Brown as its depth options at receiver Week 7 behind the projected starting trio of Terry McLaurin, Dontrelle Inman and Cam Sims.

Oct 25, 2020 9:13 AM EST

Won't play Sunday

Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Foster won't clear COVID-19 protocols in time to play in Sunday's game against Dallas, Kyle Stackpole of Washington's official site reports.

Analysis: Foster signed with the Football Team on Tuesday so this news isn't surprising. Rivera was quick to praise Foster's speed and special teams ability Thursday, as Foster caught 27 passes for 541 yards (20.0 yards per reception) for the Bills in 2018. Once the Alabama product clears protocols and the team is confident in his grasp of the gameplan, expect Foster to contribute as a depth receiver and on special teams for the remainder of the 2020 campaign.

Oct 22, 2020 3:11 PM EST

Signs in Washington

Washington signed Foster to the active roster Tuesday, Matt Zenitz of reports.

Analysis: The Football Team signed Foster off the Packers' practice squad, where the 26-year-old wide receiver has spent the last six weeks after getting cut by Buffalo. The 6-foot-2 wideout can stretch the field, as he caught 27 passes for 541 yards (20.0 yards per reception) for the Bills in 2018. If Isaiah Wright (undisclosed) and Antonio Gandy-Golden (hamstring) are forced to miss any time, Foster handle a decent workload immediately in Washington's offense.

Oct 20, 2020 6:46 PM EST

Lands in Green Bay

Foster signed a contract with the Packers' practice squad Sunday, Matt Zenitz of reports.

Analysis: Foster failed to make Buffalo's squad after he caught just three passes for 64 yards in 2019. He's a solid deep threat, as all three of his catches went for more than 20 yards. He'll try utilizing that to carve out a niche elsewhere.

Sep 6, 2020 11:47 AM EST

Cut by Buffalo

The Bills waived Foster (concussion) on Saturday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: After hauling in 27 receptions for 541 yards during his rookie season in 2018, Foster was pushed out of the lineup due to the additions of John Brown and Cole Beasley last season. Foster's target share bottomed out as a result, and with Stefon Diggs on board, it was likely to remain near zero. He's an intriguing deep threat, however, as all three of his receptions in 2019 went for 20 or more yards. He'll try utilizing that to carve out a niche elsewhere.

Sep 5, 2020 2:45 PM EST

Suffers concussion

Foster missed Tuesday's practice session because he's in the concussion protocol, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: There will be plenty of time for the third-year receiver to recover, but he's also considered open the roster bubble, so every missed practice is going go hurt his cause.

Aug 18, 2020 2:49 PM EST

Staying with Bills

Foster has re-signed with the Bills, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Analysis: The 2018 UDFA was an exclusive rights free agent, a designation that wouldn't allow him to sign with a new team unless the Bills failed to extend a minimum salary tender. Foster failed to build upon his promising rookie season, catching just three of 18 targets for 64 yards in 2019. A toe injury may have been part of the problem, but it also seemed he was simply outplayed by all of John Brown, Cole Beasley, Duke Williams and Isaiah McKenzie. The Bills might allow Foster to compete for a top-three job in 2020 if he bounces back with a strong showing at the offseason program.

Mar 10, 2020 7:04 AM EST

Disappointing sophomore campaign

Foster finished the 2019 season with just three catches on 18 targets for 64 yards and no touchdowns.

Analysis: After Foster served as a great surprise as an undrafted rookie out of Alabama in 2018, his follow-up campaign was a complete disappointment, especially with the No. 3 and No. 4 wideout roles being up for grabs most of the season. The 64 yards on 219 offensive snaps is terrible, the catch-to-target ratio is brutal for any NFL wideout, and the fact that a guy with his speed and big-play potential couldn't hit on even one big strike was a major letdown. With the Bills actively looking to beef up the position this offseason and starters John Brown and Cole Beasley remaining under contract, Foster has his offseason work cut out for him if he's going to stick with the team, or even in the NFL for that matter.

Jan 23, 2020 10:19 AM EST

Healthy inactive

Foster (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's contest against the Texans.

Analysis: The Bills opted to activate Duke Williams for the pivotal contest, relegating Foster to the bench. The speedy playmaker has essentially been bypassed by Williams on the depth chart, and has failed to log a reception in each of the last four games.

Jan 4, 2020 12:14 PM EST

Empty playing time

Foster played 63 of 64 offensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Jets, catching none of his four targets.

Analysis: For a guy that came out of nowhere to post a 27-541-3 line last season as an undrafted rookie, Foster's second-year production has been pathetic. He finishes the regular season with just three catches on 18 targets for 64 yards and no scores, while not catching a pass since Week 13 despite playing in each game since. There's a shot that Duke Williams -- who posted six catches for108 yards Sunday -- may have done enough to pass Foster when the Bills decide who suits up for their playoff game this week in Houston.

Dec 31, 2019 12:03 AM EST

Added opportunities on tap

Foster is in line for added opportunities Sunday against the Jets, with both John Brown and Cole Beasley inactive, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Bills, who are locked into the AFC's No. 5 playoff seed, sat several key players Sunday, which frees up added looks for Foster, who Buscaglia predicts will fill in for Brown. Meanwhile, Isaiah McKenzie figures to sub for Beasley, with Duke Williams filling McKenzie's usual role.

Dec 29, 2019 9:17 AM EST

Catchless in loss

Foster was unable to haul in his lone target of Sunday's 24-17 loss to New England.

Analysis: Foster's catchless streak increased to three games Sunday. The Alabama product, unlike Week 15, saw the field on offense Sunday and was targeted on a deep heave by Josh Allen late in the fourth quarter. It didn't translate to the stat sheet, but that might change Sunday against the Jets. The Bills are locked into the fifth seed and may rest their starters in favor of down-roster players like Foster.

Dec 24, 2019 9:01 PM EST

Plays exclusively on special teams

Foster did not record an offensive snap during Sunday's 17-10 win over Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Foster had a catch of at least 20 yards in three straight games from Weeks 11 through 13, but -- after not linking up with Josh Allen in Week 14 -- Foster was limited to special teams Sunday. He continues to slide behind Isaiah McKenzie on the depth chart in a pass offense that isn't exactly consistent. He shouldn't be on your radar for Sunday's matchup against New England's second-ranked pass defense.

Dec 17, 2019 5:19 PM EST

Out of sync with Josh Allen

Foster was targeted four times during Sunday's 24-17 loss to Baltimore, but did not record a catch.

Analysis: Sunday's four targets marked a season high, but he and Josh Allen were unable to connect as Buffalo's offense was off-kilter for much of the game. Four of the sophomore's five touches this season have gone for at least 20 yards. That's impressive big-play ability, but Foster just isn't getting opportunities and it's worth noting that Isaiah McKenzie, who has been competing with Foster for the WR3 job, wrapped Sunday up with three catches off of five targets, keeping Foster at bay as WR4. Next up Sunday is a matchup against Pittsburgh's fifth-ranked pass defense.

Dec 10, 2019 9:42 PM EST

Sees increased work

Foster caught one of two targets for 20 yards during Thursday's win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: The 25-year-old was considered questionable due to a hamstring injury but ended up playing 28 offensive snaps, his highest snap total of the season. Foster could see an increased role going forward, since he and Isaiah McKenzie split snaps as the Bills' No. 3 wide receiver in Dallas, per Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo.

Dec 2, 2019 4:06 PM EST

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