Plucked from the Patriots' practice squad in the aftermath of David Johnson's dislocated wrist in the season opener, Foster didn't make an appearance until Week 11. Thereafter, Foster was consistently targeted in the passing game, whether Blaine Gabbert or Drew Stanton (knee) was under center, averaging four targets per game. A contributor on kickoff returns as well, Foster posted the highest average (23.0 yards per on his right chances) among Cardinals, which could be the determining factor for a roster spot next fall in what's expected to be a crowded backfield.
Foster played 21 of 65 offensive snaps during Sunday's 12-7 win against the Titans.
In the absence of Adrian Peterson the last two games, Kerwynn Williams has been the lead back, accruing 185 yards from scrimmage. Behind Williams, though, Foster has served as a change-of-pace option. With 49 snaps on offense total during that span, Foster has notched four carries for 12 yards and gathered in four of seven passes for 26 yards. Reps will likely dry up if Peterson gets over his neck injury, but there's no timetable for his return, all but guaranteeing touches for Foster moving forward.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians suggested that Foster could help with the rushing workload if Adrian Peterson (neck) isn't available Sunday against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website reports.
Foster spent the past two weeks sharing passing-down snaps with Kerwynn Williams, who initially was expected to miss the upcoming game due to cracked ribs. While it turns out Williams will play through his injury, Peterson (neck) didn't practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday. Foster played some wideout at Arizona State and is mostly known for his receiving skills, but he could nonetheless factor into the rushing attack if Peterson is absent or limited. If nothing else, Williams would take on the bulk of the early down work, which in turn would free up a few more snaps for Foster in passing situations.
Williams and Foster had replaced Andre Ellington on passing downs, and Foster's presence on the roster helps to explain why the team released Ellington in a surprise move last week. Foster played both running back and wide receiver at Arizona State, and then latched on with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent last season. The team seemingly wanted to develop him as a pass-catching specialist out of the backfield, but there wasn't room on the roster after Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee came on in free agency. The Cardinals poached Foster from New England's practice squad in September but didn't use him in games until the past two weeks. He's already caught five of six targets for 44 yards on only 27 offensive snaps, adding one carry for four yards and two kickoff returns for 50 yards. Williams only played 14 snaps the past two weeks, so his absence shouldn't make a huge difference as Foster continues to cement his place in the Arizona offense.
The Cardinals signed Foster off the Patriots' practice squad Monday, Brad Almquist of The Boston Globe reports.
Lead back David Johnson suffered a dislocated wrist in the Week 1 loss to the Lions on Sunday and is expected to require 8-to-12 weeks to recover, so the Cardinals elected to bring Foster aboard to address their depth at running back. It's not expected that Foster, who appeared in three games with New England as a rookie in 2016, will be in store for meaningful snaps with Arizona right off the bat, but that could change if the likes of Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington and Elijhaa Penny are unable to provide much production on the ground or as pass catchers out of the backfield.
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