Robert Foster will compete to be the No. 4 receiver in Buffalo this season, but he has minimal Fantasy value in that role. He should not be drafted in any leagues. The Bills' top three guys on the roster are set with Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley. Foster will compete for the No. 4 role with Duke Williams, Isaiah McKenzie and rookies Gabriel Davis and Isaiah Hodgins, but even if Foster wins that job he won't produce enough stats on a consistent basis to matter in most formats.
Foster has re-signed with the Bills, ESPN's Field Yates reports. The 2018 UDFA was an exclusive rights free agent, a designation that wouldn't allow him to sign with a new team unless the Bills failed to extend a minimum salary tender. Foster failed to build upon his promising rookie season, catching just three of 18 targets for 64 yards in 2019. A toe injury may have been part of the problem, but it also seemed he was simply outplayed by all of John Brown, Cole Beasley, Duke Williams and Isaiah McKenzie. The Bills might allow Foster to compete for a top-three job in 2020 if he bounces back with a strong showing at the offseason program.
Foster finished the 2019 season with just three catches on 18 targets for 64 yards and no touchdowns. After Foster served as a great surprise as an undrafted rookie out of Alabama in 2018, his follow-up campaign was a complete disappointment, especially with the No. 3 and No. 4 wideout roles being up for grabs most of the season. The 64 yards on 219 offensive snaps is terrible, the catch-to-target ratio is brutal for any NFL wideout, and the fact that a guy with his speed and big-play potential couldn't hit on even one big strike was a major letdown. With the Bills actively looking to beef up the position this offseason and starters John Brown and Cole Beasley remaining under contract, Foster has his offseason work cut out for him if he's going to stick with the team, or even in the NFL for that matter.
Foster (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's contest against the Texans. The Bills opted to activate Duke Williams for the pivotal contest, relegating Foster to the bench. The speedy playmaker has essentially been bypassed by Williams on the depth chart, and he has failed to log a reception in each of the last four games.
Foster played 63 of 64 offensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Jets, catching none of his four targets. For a guy that came out of nowhere to post a 27-541-3 line last season as an undrafted rookie, Foster's second-year production has been pathetic. He finishes the regular season with just three catches on 18 targets for 64 yards and no scores and hasn't caught a pass since Week 13 despite playing in each game since. There's a shot that Duke Williams -- who posted six catches for 108 yards Sunday -- may have done enough to pass Foster on the depth chart when the Bills decide who suits up for their playoff game this weekend in Houston.
Foster is in line for added opportunities Sunday against the Jets, with both John Brown and Cole Beasley inactive, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports. The Bills, who are locked into the AFC's No. 5 playoff seed, sat several key players Sunday, which frees up added looks for Foster, who Buscaglia predicts will fill in for Brown. Meanwhile, Isaiah McKenzie figures to sub for Beasley, with Duke Williams filling McKenzie's usual role.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||New York Jets||25||23.50|
|3||09/27||Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|4||10/04||@Las Vegas Raiders||22||22.63|
|6||10/16||Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|7||10/25||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|8||11/01||New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|12||11/29||Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|13||12/08||@San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|16||12/29||@New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|3 Year Avg||31||15||302||2||12||20.13||43|