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Robert Foster’s play-making abilities standing out for Buffalo Bills at OTA’s

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Like his former University of Alabama teammate, Cam Sims, Robert Foster desires to make the Buffalo Bills’ 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent. After arriving in Tuscaloosa from Pennsylvania with a five-star rating in 2013, he struggled to have a productive career. 

A shoulder injury sidelined versus Mississippi sidelined Foster for the remainder of the 2015 season, while inconsistent play at quarterback limited his opportunities in 2017. He managed to record 14 receptions for 174 yards with a touchdown and was credited with a couple of marquee plays in the Crimson Tide’s 26-23 win over Georgia in the College Football Playoff title game. 

His time of 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash and size of 6-foot-2, 196 pounds, is what attracted Buffalo to sign Foster.

Aside from Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones – should both stay healthy – there is not much to love about the Bills at wide receiver. No matter who wins the job at quarterback between AJ McCarron and Josh Allen, having a big-time weapon in the slot or on the outside is pivotal for Sean McDermott’s team in terms of having a deep playoff run this fall. 

Per Sal Capaccio, beat and sideline reporter for the Bills via WGR 550, Foster made his presence felt throughout rookie minicamp and is now showing out at organized team activities.  

He already has a relationship with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, seeing how the five-time Super Bowl championship was calling plays on Nick Saban’s staff last season. Foster a clear chance of making the roster, however, he must continue earning the respect of those around him. 

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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