Foster to the Niners?

deshaunfoster.jpgESPN is reporting that DeShaun Foster could be signed by the San Francisco 49ers within the next couple of days.  I personally hope he does so I can stop using the two photos I have of him.

John Clayton, he of the nerdy NFL-insider type who is always talking with at least one drop of spit on his lower lip, broke the story.

Watch for the 49ers to lock up former Panthers halfback DeShaun Foster to be Frank Gore’s backup in the next couple of days. Foster is a powerful runner who would be a nice complement to Gore. The 49ers made quick contact with Foster once the Panthers released him late last week.

If the story is true, that’s all well and good.  Thank you, John Clayton.  But are you sure that Foster is a “powerful runner?”  How powerful can a running back be when he has more lost fumbles than touchdowns?  Maybe that explains why I won’t pay to read things on the internet, most notably the Insider.

Topics: DeShaun Foster, Frank Gore, John Clayton, San Francisco 49ers

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  • Mike Houston

    Let’s be real, Foster is a powerful runner. You can’t put all the woes of the running game on DeShaun. That offensive line was not the best at blocking. Every two weeks they either had a different right guard or center. Justin Hartwig is far from being Mark Stepnoski. I watched Albetr Haynesworth bitch slap him on his way to the QB. Also, for anybody who has played football, if you’re offensive line is not good, you’re running game will not be good. Don’t forget D.Foster did lead the team in rushing

  • kfields

    that has nothing to do with holding on to the ball which if i remember  he sucked at. we had the same offensive line when deangelo was running and i recall him doing a hell of a lot better.

  • John White

    I’m not saying that Foster isn’t strong enough to play running back but when I think of "powerful runners" I think of Jerome Bettis, etc.  The thought of DeShaun Foster doesn’t immediately come to mind.  I agree that the O-Line has had its injuries but to say that Foster is a powerful should also indicate a better yards/carry than he’s had too.

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  • Walker

    I remember Deshaun averaging less than 3.5 yards a carry, and Deangelo averaging 5.0. I don’t think Williams lost near as many fumbles as Foster did in ’07 either.

  • Mike Houston

    DeAngelo may have averaged 4.7 yards a carry, but he only carried the ball 30% of the time. I agree, Foster had a fumbling problem, but the Panthers knew that when he came out of UCLA. It was on his scouting report.I also admit, the majority of those fumbles are the reasons for some of my gray hairs, but to blame all the Panthers running game woes on him is just bull.

  • Mike Houston

    Also, where was all this bad mouthing of Foster when he broke the Panthers’ record for rushing yards in a game( 171 yards vs. KC), or when he was filling in for Stephen Davis. Don’t forget, the same way everyone is boosting up Williams, you were doing the same for Foster at one one point

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