D.J. Foster, RB: Riser
D.J. Foster has warranted copious amounts of hype over last few weeks. The former Arizona State running back turned wide receiver joined New England as an undrafted free agent following the 2016 draft. Foster earned a spot on the Patriots 53-man roster last fall but saw limited action as a rookie.
This offseason, Foster has done nothing but help his odds of making the team for the second year in a row. In May, during the Patriots’ first media-open OTA session, the Boston Herald’s Adam Kurkjian (@AdamKurkjian) noted that Foster stood out with two touchdown catches:
While at Arizona State, Foster posted 2,458 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. On Thursday, he had another impressive grab during minicamp, according to the Providence Journal’s Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ):
The Patriots are poised to enter the season with five running backs on the roster: Mike Gillislee, James White, Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis, and Brandon Bolden. Cracking a spot on the 53-man roster will be difficult for Foster but he’s only helped his chances so far this spring.
Although he would be a viable replacement if Lewis or White were injured, New England would risk losing Foster if they try sneaking him onto the practice squad. Nonetheless, any significant injury to the Patriots’ running back stable would drastically improve his odds at making the team.