Riser: Reuben Foster
Linebacker Reuben Foster is ready to “pad up”.
Actually, he was ready back at OTAs, but with his recovery from an injured shoulder, the 49ers weren’t taking any chances. They kept him out of any physical activity then, but with training camp here, Foster was given a green light by the doctors.
Going into the draft, Foster was considered a top-five pick but fell due to the run-in at the NFL Scouting Combine with a nurse during a physical exam. There was also a failed drug test and rumors of a shoulder injury that hadn’t healed right.
After some slick maneuvering, the Niners were able to snag Foster with the 31st pick of the first round.
And so far, their choice has been reinforced by a strong showing through the first week of practice.
After corralling two interceptions during the first two days of practice, the rookie linebacker outdid himself by pulling down a third interception in four days.
It was the understanding of the situation that had coach Shanahan excited.
“He had the same play today, and he didn’t fill up in the run. He dropped back and got a pick. One play he got beat on bad yesterday and today we ran the same play at him and he got an interception. That’s what you want to see.”
And as exciting as the interceptions are, Foster has also been finding his way into the backfield as well. He has a knack for making plays, as he flew into the backfield and cut down a sweep to Raheem Mostert, a UDFA running back.
Foster’s natural instincts and knack for making plays has been on full display thus far, and if he continues to read and react at this pace, his ascension up the depth chart will be fast and furious.
And that’s just how Foster likes it.