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Robert Foster Needs to Be Unleashed Immediately

It is time for the Buffalo Bills to unleash Robert Foster on NFL defenses once again.
 

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.

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This is the stupidest “take” there is.

This would be a valid argument IF our current starting wide receivers were not getting open.

But they ARE getting open.

Roberts was WIDE the fuck open when Allen overthrew him by 5 yards.

Beasley was WIDE the fuck open when Allen didn’t even throw to him.

Guys are getting open.

The problem is the person that is in charge of throwing the ball is either:

A) Not Seeing Them

or

B) Overthrowing them

Foster does not have any magic ability to make Josh accurate on long passes.

Guys are open.

Beasley is slamming his helmet on the sideline because he’s so wide open

FFS, this is the laziest of lazy takes.

 

 

 

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Robert Foster is better at tracking the deep ball than Duke Williams and Andre Roberts.

Robert Foster has more speed than Duke Williams and Andre Roberts.

Robert Foster has 4.4 40 speed, is a good route runner and CB's are forced to give him a big cushion because of his speed and route running ability opening up bubble screens, quick outs, hitches and slant passes. Having Robert Foster on the field opens up the short and intermediate passing game.

Having 2 fast WR in John Brown and Robert Foster on the field at the same time will cause spacing issues for defense and stretch the field vertically. 

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24 minutes ago, LiterateStylish said:

This is the stupidest “take” there is.

This would be a valid argument IF our current starting wide receivers were not getting open.

But they ARE getting open.

Roberts was WIDE the fuck open when Allen overthrew him by 5 yards.

Beasley was WIDE the fuck open when Allen didn’t even throw to him.

Guys are getting open.

The problem is the person that is in charge of throwing the ball is either:

A) Not Seeing Them

or

B) Overthrowing them

Foster does not have any magic ability to make Josh accurate on long passes.

Guys are open.

Beasley is slamming his helmet on the sideline because he’s so wide open

FFS, this is the laziest of lazy takes.

 

 

 

In regards to the Beasley play in the Miami game, you can see Allen's eyes never left Duke's route.  If Allen puts it on the money to Beasley, it's likely another 20 more yards or even a TD.  However, he was on Duke the entire play, just didn't see Beasley.  It was also his most impressive pass of the game.

 

What would have been concerning is if we saw Allen see Beasley, and pussed out and then turned to throw to Duke, but that didn't happen on this play.

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3 minutes ago, junglesouljah said:

Robert Foster is better at tracking the deep ball than Duke Williams and Andre Roberts.

Robert Foster has more speed than Duke Williams and Andre Roberts.

Robert Foster has 4.4 40 speed, is a good route runner and CB's are forced to give him a big cushion because of his speed and route running ability opening up bubble screens, quick outs, hitches and slant passes. Having Robert Foster on the field opens up the short and intermediate passing game.

Having 2 fast WR in John Brown and Robert Foster on the field at the same time will cause spacing issues for defense and stretch the field vertically. 

He's overthrown Brown by 5 yards, he's overthrown Zay the same (Zay ran a 4.45).  Duke Williams hasn't been thrown a go route.  

Allen is 0-14 career throwing fly routes.  How did Robert Foster help that 0-14 stat last season?

Allen's only successful deep passes have been deep posts, which he did complete a few to Foster last year.  He's made a few of those throws this season, and twice he's failed to see the backside safety rolling back to make a play on the ball.  1 was an almost intercepted breakup in the endzone (Bengals game) the other a pick by McCourty.  Both were on the money though if the safety wasn't there....but he was lol

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1 minute ago, Laughing Coffin said:

In regards to the Beasley play in the Miami game, you can see Allen's eyes never left Duke's route.  If Allen puts it on the money to Beasley, it's likely another 20 more yards or even a TD.  However, he was on Duke the entire play, just didn't see Beasley.  It was also his most impressive pass of the game.

 

What would have been concerning is if we saw Allen see Beasley, and pussed out and then turned to throw to Duke, but that didn't happen on this play.

If it's the play I'm thinking about, Josh threw a nice touch pass to Duke Williams.

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1 minute ago, Laughing Coffin said:

He's overthrown Brown by 5 yards, he's overthrown Zay the same (Zay ran a 4.45).  Duke Williams hasn't been thrown a go route.  

Allen is 0-14 career throwing fly routes.  How did Robert Foster help that 0-14 stat last season?

Allen's only successful deep passes have been deep posts, which he did complete a few to Foster last year.  He's made a few of those throws this season, and twice he's failed to see the backside safety rolling back to make a play on the ball.  1 was an almost intercepted breakup in the endzone (Bengals game) the other a pick by McCourty.  Both were on the money though if the safety wasn't there....but he was lol

Allen connected with Foster on deep passing routes with Foster last year. The throw in the Jacksonville game and  the Detroit game are good examples.

Allen connected with Foster on intermediate passing routes with Foster last year.

Foster opens up the short passing game because CB fear Foster's speed and give him huge cushions.

There are alot of benefits of having Foster on the field.

You can have Foster as the X WR and Brown as the Z WR or Brown as the X WR and Foster as the Z WR.

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28 minutes ago, junglesouljah said:

Robert Foster is better at tracking the deep ball than Duke Williams and Andre Roberts.

Robert Foster has more speed than Duke Williams and Andre Roberts.

Robert Foster has 4.4 40 speed, is a good route runner and CB's are forced to give him a big cushion because of his speed and route running ability opening up bubble screens, quick outs, hitches and slant passes. Having Robert Foster on the field opens up the short and intermediate passing game.

Having 2 fast WR in John Brown and Robert Foster on the field at the same time will cause spacing issues for defense and stretch the field vertically. 

All of this literally irrelevant, because whether or not Foster is faster or has better closing speed doesn’t matter if Josh threw an accurate ball!

You shouldn’t expect your WR to have insane closing speed because your QB can’t throw an accurate deep ball.

this is insane

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23 minutes ago, junglesouljah said:

If it's the play I'm thinking about, Josh threw a nice touch pass to Duke Williams.

Yes.

He threw a nice 20 yard pass to Duke.

He could have thrown a 60 yard TD.

Great tradeoff.

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23 minutes ago, junglesouljah said:

Allen connected with Foster on deep passing routes with Foster last year. The throw in the Jacksonville game and  the Detroit game are good examples.

Allen connected with Foster on intermediate passing routes with Foster last year.

Foster opens up the short passing game because CB fear Foster's speed and give him huge cushions.

There are alot of benefits of having Foster on the field.

You can have Foster as the X WR and Brown as the Z WR or Brown as the X WR and Foster as the Z WR.

Foster and Brown both are X receivers.  Unfortunately it's not a madden situation that we can just move WRs around to whatever position and they'll be just as effective.  Brown is a superior player to Foster, anything said otherwise is complete nonsense. 

Bills staff sees these guys all offseason on a daily basis.  Foster had ~70 snaps in preseason and he was ACTIVE the first 3 weeks of this season!  He's had 15, 27, 18 snaps week 1,2, and 3 of this year.  He's been "unleashed" and he did nothing.  So invisible that you seemingly had no idea that he's already been in 3 games this year

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2 hours ago, Laughing Coffin said:

Foster and Brown both are X receivers.  Unfortunately it's not a madden situation that we can just move WRs around to whatever position and they'll be just as effective.  Brown is a superior player to Foster, anything said otherwise is complete nonsense. 

Bills staff sees these guys all offseason on a daily basis.  Foster had ~70 snaps in preseason and he was ACTIVE the first 3 weeks of this season!  He's had 15, 27, 18 snaps week 1,2, and 3 of this year.  He's been "unleashed" and he did nothing.  So invisible that you seemingly had no idea that he's already been in 3 games this year

In another thread Jungle says Foster is better than Sanu.................just unleashed another rose colored glasses comment.

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Throwing deep is all about timing and maybe he is just more insync with Foster. Def worth a try 

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15 minutes ago, protocal69 said:

Throwing deep is all about timing and maybe he is just more insync with Foster. Def worth a try 

He's 0/14 on fly routes.  I think 3 of those 14 were on target.  Ironically I believe 2 of them were drops by Foster (Vikings game and 2nd Pats game in 2018)

Simple as Daboll said it yesterday, just gotta keep trying the shots, it'll come eventually.

I think what's kind of happening is Allen is waiting too long to throw it, and he's able to do so because his arm allows it.  He's waiting for the WR to be already past the defender to launch it, instead he needs to trust his receivers' speed and soon as he's even, he's leavin'.  I don't have the statistics but it's safe to surmise that the completion percentage of long balls that go 40-50 air yards is vastly better than long balls that traveling 50-60 yards in the air.  Allen makes it harder for himself

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8 hours ago, BrewMan said:

In another thread Jungle says Foster is better than Sanu.................just unleashed another rose colored glasses comment.

Robert Foster is a better value for Buffalo than Sanu. Buffalo doesn't have give up a 2nd round pick for a player that has more upside than Sanu.

Sanu is a good not great player that New England over paid for because they are in win now mode with Brady in the last year of his contract.

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1 hour ago, protocal69 said:

Throwing deep is all about timing and maybe he is just more insync with Foster. Def worth a try 

Allen definitely has more chemistry on deep balls with Foster than anyone else on the team. 

Allen is quickly developing very good chemistry with John Brown.

I would split reps with Duke Williams and Robert Foster because I think each WR offers different skill sets to the offense.

I'm not worried about the deep balls, they will come in do time.

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Do you think, maybe. they didn't work on the deep ball all last offseason?  Maybe?  

 

Allen will hit 3 this week.  Book it.  Take out a home equity loan, run to your nearest sportsbook, and lay it all down on the over 2.  Fanback says so.   

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7 hours ago, junglesouljah said:

Robert Foster is a better value for Buffalo than Sanu. Buffalo doesn't have give up a 2nd round pick for a player that has more upside than Sanu.

Sanu is a good not great player that New England over paid for because they are in win now mode with Brady in the last year of his contract.

Riiiiiiiiight and New England doesn't give up a 2nd round pick for a WR who is a healthy scratch and hardly plays any downs.  Foster has more upside than Sanu?  Only on this board looking through rose colored glasses.

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The coaches see what’s going on in the locker room and at practice every day. It’s their jobs on the line. I think they would play Foster if they thought he’d give them the best chance to win games.

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I like Foster. I really do. But he was a HEALTHY scratch this past Sunday. There's a reason for that. He's a decent player but that's it. He's not this deep threat specialist some people here (jungle specially) seem to think he is. If he was on another team we wouldn't even know him. 

 

The deep ball has been there for Allen. Not just this past game. For whatever reason he's missed them all. Mostly over throws. Its an Allen thing. Not a Foster needs to be unleashed thing. 

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23 hours ago, LiterateStylish said:

All of this literally irrelevant, because whether or not Foster is faster or has better closing speed doesn’t matter if Josh threw an accurate ball!

You shouldn’t expect your WR to have insane closing speed because your QB can’t throw an accurate deep ball.

this is insane

UNLEASH HIM ANYWAY, sounds cool...

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1 hour ago, George said:

UNLEASH HIM ANYWAY, sounds cool...

The KRAKEN has nothing, I say nothing, on FOSTER!

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