Foster, who turns 30 Wednesday, is looking to overtake Jay Ajayi on the Dolphins' RB depth chart. A strong effort in the team's third preseason game Thursday could accelerate such an outcome, though we'd expect Foster and Ajayi to both see touches with the Dolphins' first-team offense in the contest. As Gase has pointed out, Foster's "resume speaks for itself," and with that in mind, it's not hard to imagine that, at a minimum, the veteran back will secure a key role in what could emerge as some form of time-share arrangement in the Miami backfield. That scenario, of course, hinges on the oft-injured Foster remaining healthy.
The numbers paled in significance to the fact that Foster returned to the field for the first time since last Oct. 25, when he tore his Achilles against the Dolphins squad he now dons the uniform of. Foster has looked good in camp practices and should see more extensive action in the Dolphins' regular-season dress rehearsal next Thursday versus the Falcons.
Foster, who is slated to play in Friday night's preseason game against the Cowboys, believes that he is past the Achilles injury that caused him to miss the final 12 games of the 2015 campaign, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. "It's back," Foster said when asked about the injury. "We're good."
Meanwhile, coach Adam Gase has indicated that the battle to replace Lamar Miller as the Dolphins' top back is wide open. With that in mind, Foster -- who is challenging Jay Ajayi for the assignment -- could well get some carries with Miami's starters against Dallas on Friday.
Foster has been practicing for the past two weeks, and he was seemingly just held out of Miami's preseason opener as a precaution. Head coach Adam Gase said the veteran running back is ready to play, further suggesting that Foster will strictly work with the first-team offense. Jay Ajayi has also been getting first-team snaps and remains in the mix for the starting job, but it does seem the lead-back role is Foster's to lose.
That Ajayi is currently listed ahead of Foster is of note, of course, especially since, as Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald relays, Foster was impressive while taking first-team reps during a span last week in which Ajayi dealt with a bone bruise to his knee. Coach Adam Gase also noted that the team's initial depth chart is a "starting point," and it wouldn't surprise us to see Foster have a chance to either overtake Ajayi outright as the preseason rolls along or, at the very least, secure a key role in what could emerge as some form of time-share arrangement in the Miami backfield. Any such progression is contingent on Foster staying healthy, and thus far, things have been going well on that front for the oft-injured back.
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|2||9/18/16||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|4||9/29/16||@ CIN||8:25 pm|
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|11||11/20/16||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/16||@ NYJ||8:25 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
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