Browns set to bring in LB Reuben Foster for training
The Cleveland Browns plan to bring in former first-round pick Reuben Foster for practice this week.
ESPN Kimberley A. Martin signaled the Browns’ interest in Foster, who hasn’t played an NFL game since 2018.
Foster is an Alabama alumnus and started all 16 games he played with the San Francisco 49ers. He totaled over 100 tackles during his short stint in the NFL, but struggled with issues off the field, which is part of the reason he didn’t join a team. During the 2018 season, he was suspended for two games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, and was later released following an arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.
Foster signed with the Washington football team shortly after being sacked by San Francisco, but his time was short-lived due to a torn ACL.
The Browns have made it clear that they feel they have the organizational strength to deal with players who might have been disturbed at other stops. Defensive tackle Malik McDowell – who was a first-round pick in 2017 but never played an NFL game due to off-court issues – is a prime example of how that can happen when the player buys .
Former Foster coaches give him insight
Foster made a big impression on his former coaches. He worked for the Jets and former defensive coordinator Robert Saleh earlier this offseason and is linked to the Browns through linebacker coach Jason Tarver, who was his coach in San Francisco. He also worked for
Athletic’s Zac Jackson assessed the Browns’ interest in Foster.
Veteran and defensive caller Anthony Walker has played 62 snaps, and no other linebacker has played more than 25. Given the Browns’ lofty goals, it makes sense that they want a gauge on Foster’s position, but he It’s always hard to imagine that he would sign with the Browns anytime soon and immediately play any kind of important role.
Given that Foster hasn’t played since 2018, the Browns probably just want to take a look at his position on multiple fronts.
The Browns could just look to Foster to go further in an emergency. Linebacker Mack Wilson landed on the injury report this week with a quad injury, while Jacob Phillips – who was expected to play an important role in defense – is in IR until at least November with a bicep injury.
The defense is not “classified on the curve” against the chiefs
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are rarely slowed down and the Browns’ defense didn’t have much response in the 33-29 loss, allowing nearly 400 total yards.
Walker said he wouldn’t notice the defense effort on a curve, given who was on the other side of the ball.
“At the end of the day, we’re all at the NFL level. We have to assess ourselves at this level. We can’t dilute it because obviously you’re playing against an MVP-caliber quarterback and a Super Bowl-caliber team, ”Walker told reporters on Wednesday. “We want to win. To be the best, you have to beat the best. We had an opportunity and we didn’t realize it. This is what we evaluate ourselves on. In the end, we didn’t perform. We have had times we have done it and times we haven’t. The times we didn’t come back to fight at the end.
The Browns have what should be an easier test against the Texans this week as they look to move up to 1-1. Houston’s winning tally for the season has been set at five, the lowest in the NFL. However, they surprised Jacksonville in Week 1, racking up 449 yards of attack in a 37-21 victory.
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