Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan treasures his pass rushers and the New Orleans Saints may have one on the verge of breaking out in 2014. Glenn Foster will be entering his second season with the Black and Gold in hopes of becoming a force on the line.
A University of Illinois product, Foster played three years with the Fighting Illini, starting two of them at defensive tackle. During his collegiate career, the Chicago native totaled 73 tackles, 11 for a loss, four sacks and an interception.
Foster was signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft and was shifted over a spot to play defensive end for Sean Payton and the Saints. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound lineman ran a 4.79 40-yard dash at his pro day along with a 39-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-9 broad jump. He was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but would have been the top performer at his position in both the vertical and broad jumps.
The fact that Foster went undrafted is a bit puzzling, but it looks like he fell into the right hands. His strength, quick feet and explosiveness off the line fit well into Rob Ryan’s aggressive scheme, which is why he was moved over to become an edge pass rusher.
He did not see a considerable amount of playing time as a rookie, but did manage to make his presence felt whenever he stepped onto to the field as relief to Cam Jordan and Akiem Hicks. During 12 games played with zero starts, he racked up seven tackles, three sacks and a pass defended.
Foster will have a bit of competition at training camp. Tyrunn Walker, George Uko, Rufus Johnson and Virgil Lawrence are just a few of the names that will be battling with him. However, the former Big Ten DE has the upper hand at the moment, and it should stay that way.
Glenn Foster led all rookies in sacks down in the Crescent City last season and looks to see an expanded role in 2014. He is a physical athlete who should continue to improve his game with experience and knowledge gathered from surrounding veteran Saints players. He will certainly be somebody to keep an eye on when training camp gets underway Friday, July 25.