Carolina Panthers: Ranking the top 5 RBs in franchise history

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DeShaun Foster, Carolina Panthers
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87. . . . DESHAUN FOSTER. 4. player

Carolina Panthers All-Time RBs: DeShaun Foster (No. 4)

The Carolina Panthers took a big gamble by selecting running back DeShaun Foster in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. And although the former UCLA standout didn’t ever eclipse the 1,000-yard bracket. He was productive in a three-down capacity during his time with the franchise.

One could argue that Foster never quite reached his ceiling given the skill set he had to work with. The player enjoyed a strong spell as a starter from 2005-7 and ended his time with the organization as one of their all-time rushing leaders.

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Foster finished his five-year stay in Carolina with 3,336 yards and ten touchdowns from 851 carries. The player was also a threat in the passing game on his way to 142 receptions, 1,129 yards, and five scores.

His time with the Panthers ended after the 2007 campaign as Carolina decided that more was needed at the position. A move to the San Francisco 49ers followed. Foster only started two games for the Niners and found himself not only released the following offseason but also out of the NFL.

Foster does deserve a place on this list. But that could possibly be down to the fact that the Panthers’ history isn’t long compared to other teams. His time in Carolina will be remembered with some frustration due to the flashes of brilliance he showed at times that was matched by plenty of flattering to deceive.