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2018 Buffalo Bills scouting report: wide receiver Robert Foster

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The undrafted free agent signing offers plenty of intrigue, plus familiarity with the new offensive coordinator

The Buffalo Bills have a wide-open competition to fill out the wide receiver position. While there are three names that should top the depth chart, the battle for the remaining 2-4 spots will be a dominant discussion throughout the summer. With veterans and rookies (and others in between) all battling for the same positions, the team has multiple options in building the receiver room.

In our latest installment of “90 players in 90 days,” we look at an undrafted free agent who is fulfilling a time-honored training camp tradition for Bills fans by providing the team with a potential diamond-in-the-rough for the 53-man roster.

Name: Robert Foster

Number: 8

Position: WR

Height/Weight: 6’2” 196 lbs.

Age: 23/24 (no birthday listed; enrolled at Alabama for 2013 season)

Experience: R

College: Alabama

Draft: Signed with the Buffalo Bills after going undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft

Financial situation (per Spotrac): Foster signed a standard UDFA deal—3 years, $1,710,000—and his 2018 salary cap hit will be $480,000 if he makes the team. None of the money is guaranteed.

2017 Recap: Foster set career-highs in games played (10), receptions (14), and yards (174) as a senior. His statistics are quite underwhelming, but he did play for an Alabama team which won another National Championship.

Positional outlook: Foster is one among a crowded receiver group looking to make a mark. With Kelvin Benjamin the de facto number one receiver, and Zay Jones (who is currently recovering from knee surgery) set to start opposite him, the rest of the chart is up for debate. Jeremy Kerley projects as the top slot receiver, with Andre Holmes, Rod Streater, Kaelin Clay, Quan Bray, Brandon Reilly, Malachi Dupre, Austin Proehl, Ray-Ray-McCloud, and Cam Phillips all in the mix for the remaining spots.

2018 Offseason: Foster has drawn solid reviews from Sal Capaccio and Jay Skurski thus far at camp. His physical attributes—Foster ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine—certainly paint a picture of a player who would have much better statistical production than he did at Alabama.

2018 season outlook: Foster is one of the most intriguing players to watch at Bills’ camp this year. His lack of statistical production belies an incredible amount of physical talent, and if offensive coordinator Brian Daboll—the same man who held that position at Alabama during Foster’s senior year—can harness that physical talent, the Bills might have found themselves an unheralded star. While he did not return kicks with the Crimson Tide, he did so in high school, and his speed and elusiveness could give head coach Sean McDermott an added way to deploy Foster. With a strong camp, he could make the roster, but a spot on the practice squad will definitely be waiting for him if he does not make the final cut.