Robert Foster was an unknown quantity coming into the NFL last season as an undrafted free agent. When Josh Allen came back from his injury in 2018, he and Foster clicked on a dynamic level. Pro Football Focus’s 2018 highest-graded rookie receiver from weeks 10-17 and All-Rookie team member has been silenced for unknown reasons in 2019, and it’s time to get him going again.
The Alabama product was a field-stretching weapon in 2018 posting 20 yards per reception and 12.3 yards per target. He finished #1 in the NFL in average targeted air yards as well proving he was a true field-stretcher even as a rookie. Allen’s passer rating was 127.2/158.3 when targeting Foster in 2018 according to Pro Football Focus. There was an obvious connection between big-armed Allen and 4.41-second 40-yard runner Foster lighting up NFL defenses together as rookies.
So Where is Robert Foster in 2019?
Foster’s snap share has dropped from 60% in 2018 to 22% this year. He has been inactive almost every week this season for reasons unknown. Word from One Bills Drive said he was handling a groin injury but it was never said how it happened. Then week 7 came along after a bye week with full practice for Foster and a healthy scratch.
Foster is a dynamic talent with game-changing speed, which the Bills offense desperately needs at the moment. It adds another piece to the offense that Foster should be familiar with from his days at Alabama with Brian Daboll. It is unknown why an emerging NFL talent with elite speed isn’t being played in games. Someone who has shown he can take the top off of defenses and have a solid rapport with the quarterback needs to be a part of this team’s offense.
With Zay Jones gone, it’s time to rev up this playmaker once again. Foster’s dynamic talent profile will open up the entire Bills offense and give Josh Allen another deep threat. If safeties have to occupy Foster deep, John Brown gets more one-on-one coverage and Cole Beasley is even more free to roam the intermediate areas. There are no more excuses for the Bills to keep a potential elite field-stretching talent off the field. Robert Foster needs to be unleashed and set free to burn NFL defenses once again.