“Mason’s Fitting Into That Mold”June 5th, 2014
Joe’s detailed how Mason Foster is shrinking. He’s leaning out through diet and training.
Joe talked about this 1-0n-1 with Bucs icon and current linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson this week at One Buc Palace.
Nickerson, who along with Brian Urlacher is arguably the nastiest, most dominant Tampa-2 linebacker in history, says Foster’s weight change is fine with him.
Yeah, NFL players are bigger and stronger than they were 20 years ago, but it’s not a problem, Nickerson said, if Foster plays at 6-2, 230 pounds, which were Nickerson’s measurements.
“Playing the mike linebacker in this defense you gotta be able to run,” Nickerson said. “It’s generally been smaller guys that can run well and cover, be athletic, and bring it on Sundays.
“Mason’s fitting into that mold.”
“As a mike linebacker, you don’t need all that weight,” Nickerson emphasized. “Gotta be able to move, gotta be able to cover.”
This is a huge year for Foster, a contract year. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent after this season, if the Bucs let him get there.
Now Foster has the coaching staff in place, as well as elite talent around him. Joe expects a strong season from Foster, otherwise Joe’s confident Foster will be playing elsewhere in 2015.