“Steep Climb” For Mason FosterOctober 10th, 2013
Back in May, Greg Schiano talked about Mason Foster “working like a madman” to improve. Schiano echoed the same kind of takes this summer.
The head coach had high expectations for his middle linebacker entering this season. So Joe asked Schiano yesterday whether Foster had reached those goals. Schiano was as enthusiastic about Foster as he was five months ago.
“I think Mason, he made a jump in his performance. I think he’s playing better than he’s ever played. And yes, I think he’s playing at a high level,” Schiano said. “He’s playing at NFL middle linebacker level that you can get excited about. Now the challenge is going to be over the long haul; can we do that consistently? It’s not going to be that steep climb he’s made in the last six months. You know, can we continue a gradual climb the rest of this season. Because I think he really is becoming a very good linebacker.”
Foster’s continued improvement is a welcome sight. Da’Quan Bowers’ is the Bucs’ top bust of the 2011 draft, but Foster was a steal late in the third round.