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Mason Foster | Linebacker

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 241
College: Washington
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Mason Foster is considered the "odds-on favorite" to start at middle linebacker for the Bucs.
However, ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas names Foster as one of three players who need a strong training camp. The Bucs signed Dane Fletcher in the offseason, and he has plenty of experience and smarts after playing for Bill Belichick the previous four seasons. DC Leslie Frazier expressed concern with Foster's ability to cover running backs and tight ends. Foster is a thumper. Jul 14 - 7:18 PM
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Bucs coach Lovie Smith anticipates MLB Mason Foster blitzing more in his version of the Tampa-2 this season.

"The position will blitz," Smith said. "Brian Urlacher will tell you that. Man coverage is also a part of what we ask. All those things, we feel like Mason can do." Bucs DC Leslie Frazier expressed concern over whether Foster has the coverage-skills to remain at middle linebacker, but Foster showed some signs of improvement with three interceptions last year, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Foster could also see his snaps increase with the Bucs expected to use fewer dime packages.
Apr 19 - 5:37 PM

Bucs DC Leslie Frazier hinted the team may need to find a new middle linebacker, upgrading on Mason Foster.

Foster is an attacking linebacker who likes to get into the backfield. In the Bucs' new "Tampa-2" defense, the middle linebacker has to excel in coverage. Foster has struggled with that ever since being the 84th pick in the 2011 draft. He graded out in the bottom half of Pro Football Focus' inside linebacker rankings this past season. Lovie Smith will be looking for his next Brian Urlacher.
Jan 17 - 12:40 PM

Bucs declared LB Mason Foster, FB Lonnie Pryor, G Patrick Omameh, G Carl Nicks, DT Gary Gibson, and DE Steven Means inactive for Week 12.

Foster's absence is a blow to Tampa Bay's run defense as the Bucs get set to take on Reggie Bush. Nicks remains out indefinitely after toe surgery.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 11:51:00 AM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Foster is still suffering from the effects of his Week 11 concussion and has yet to be cleared to practice. His loss is a matchup upgrade for Reggie Bush and Detroit's running game. Adam Hayward is Foster's backup.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 08:17:00 PM

Beat writer Roy Cummings has a gut feeling that the Bucs are thinking of moving MLB Mason Foster to the strong side.

The potentially career-ending neck injury to Quincy Black has left a gaping hole in the Bucs' front seven. Cummings suggests bringing in a new middle linebacker via free agency or the draft, but that would be a risk. Foster made 106 tackles last season while leading the league's No. 1 run defense.
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 12:33:00 PM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster has a team-high seven tackles for loss through four games after recording just four in 16 games as a rookie.

Through four games, the Bucs as a team have roughly half as many tackles for loss as they did a year ago when the run defense cratered down the stretch. Foster is once again the team leader in tackles with 36 while the Bucs have gone from 32nd in run defense to top-five in the NFL.
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 02:37:00 PM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster (hamstring) has resumed practicing and looks to be on track to play in the season opener.

The injury should be a non-issue going forward. Foster, a third-round pick in the 2011 draft, recorded 84 tackles and two sacks as a 15-game rookie starter. We'd like him better in 2012 IDP leagues if he became an every-down player.
Sun, Sep 2, 2012 01:15:00 PM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster's (hamstring) status is in question for the season opener.

"Hopefully, it can become a non-issue sometime in the near future," said coach Greg Schiano. "Will he play opening day? I'm not sure — I hope so." If Foster sits out, undersized special teamer Adam Hayward will draw the start versus the Panthers.
Thu, Aug 30, 2012 08:03:00 PM

Bucs 2011 third-round pick Mason Foster has worked as the team's starting middle linebacker throughout OTAs.

Quincy Black has been the SAM 'backer, with rookie Lavonte David on the weak side. Coach Greg Schiano is noncommittal on the Week 1 lineup, but this seems like the safest bet thus far. We like David's chances of getting the most tackles.
Fri, Jun 8, 2012 02:06:00 PM

The Pewter Report expects the Bucs to move forward with Mason Foster at middle linebacker.

Curtis Lofton's Saturday signing with the Saints took away the Bucs' last realistic free agent alternative. Foster was overmatched as a rookie starter last season, getting destroyed against the run while struggling both in coverage and as a pass rusher. The job may now be his to lose, but he should still face camp competition in the form of a draft pick or low-level free agent.
Sun, Mar 25, 2012 12:31:00 PM

New Bucs defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan says he "loved" MLB Mason Foster coming out of college last year, but conceded Foster struggled on film in 2011.

The Bucs are considering moving Foster to outside linebacker. "I loved Mason coming out," said Sheridan. "When I was in Miami, I gave him a very high draft grade. I pushed for him in the Dolphins draft. I just thought he made a ton of tackles at Washington. I can’t speak to exactly how he looked last year. I know on the cut-ups we’ve been watching, not too good."
Wed, Feb 29, 2012 02:02:00 PM

Speaking at his introductory press conference Tuesday, new Bucs DC Bill Sheridan didn't commit to Mason Foster as his starting middle linebacker.

Sheridan hinted that Foster could be shifted outside. Foster struggled mightily as a rookie starter last season, particularly against the run. With the Bucs low on in-house alternatives, a veteran free agent could be brought in to compete with Foster.
Tue, Feb 21, 2012 11:43:00 AM

Coach Raheem Morris is concerned about MLB Mason Foster's (ankle) status for Sunday against the Saints.

The severity of Foster's injury isn't known. He was able to at least practice on a limited basis Thursday. SLB Quincy Black (ankle) is banged up as well. This is shaping up as a nice matchup for the Saints' running-back trio.
Thu, Oct 13, 2011 02:30:00 PM

Coach Raheem Morris confirmed that MLB Mason Foster will remain a three-down linebacker even when SLB Quincy Black (ankle) returns.

Foster has seized control of the Bucs' defense, compiling 15 tackles and two sacks over the last two weeks. He'll stick as the middle linebacker on nickel downs. Black had previously been playing the middle in passing situations. He'll remain the starter at strong-side linebacker for the rest of the season.
Mon, Sep 26, 2011 12:29:00 PM