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Bucs rookie Foster getting most reps with first-team defense



The Bucs clearly want third-round pick Mason Foster to win the starting job at middle linebacker and he's getting every chance to do just that.

Foster, the former Washington star, took all the reps with the first-team defense in Saturday morning's walk-through and is in a battle with second-year pro Tyrone McKenzie and rookie Derrell Stephens, an undrafted rookie from Syracuse.

"He's doing well. It's hard to say the job is his and you've got to go through the bullets,'' coach Raheem Morris said of Foster. "You've got to go through the games, you've got to go out there and prove yourself. But you want to give him an opportunity to win it. He's doing a nice job of picking everythiung up and competing. I talked about (Derrell) Smith a couple times and he's doing a nice job as well and T-Mack is also out there competing. So we've got to let these guys go out and play and fix it in a game. But he is getting some reps with the first group. I believe this morning he might have taken all of them. It's fun.''


[Last modified: Saturday, August 6, 2011 12:52pm]


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