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Rookie Foster earning Bucs' trust

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Dan Parr
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By Dan Parr

The Buccaneers have been conscientious about trying to give rookie MLB Mason Foster a manageable workload as he adjusts to the pros, but he's earning their trust quickly, and his role is steadily expanding. It has been arguably the most encouraging development on defense for the Bucs, who decided not to re-sign their longtime middle 'backer, Barrett Ruud, this offseason. Foster, a third-round pick, initially played in the base defense. He became an every-down player, staying on the field in nickel situations, when SLB Quincy Black left Tampa Bay's Week Two game with an ankle injury, and the coaching staff was pleased with how Foster responded. Black had been wearing the helmet radio and was making the play calls for the Bucs, but those duties will fall to Foster if Black doesn't play Sunday. If everything goes smoothly, the Bucs could make Foster the permanent play-caller, putting him in a leadership position within a very young front seven on defense.


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