The Miami Dolphins signed second-year wide receiver Brooks Foster to their practice squad Wednesday, according to a blog post by Omar Kelly.
Foster takes the practice squad spot of defensive end Rob Rose, who was promoted to the active roster today following the release of linebacker Erik Walden.
The addition of Foster gives the Dolphins two wide receivers on the practice squad (along with Julius Pruitt) and seven in all added to the five on the active roster.
As with all practice squad players, Foster will make roughly $5,200 per week. He will not be eligible to play in games without being signed to the active roster, and any other NFL team can sign him to their active roster if they choose.
A South Carolina native, Foster red-shirted on the North Carolina Tar Heels' football team in 2004 and walked onto the men's basketball team, where he won a national championship under head coach Roy Williams.
Foster played four seasons for the Tar Heels' football team, playing a significant role at receiver during his final three years. At the conclusion of his collegiate career, Foster had totaled 97 receptions, 1,237 yards, and six touchdowns.
He also set numerous team weight-lifting records for wide receivers while at North Carolina. At the pre-draft scouting combine in 2009, Foster posted a 4.38-second forty-yard dash and 27 bench reps of 225 pounds—a combine record for his position.
Drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fifth round, the 6-foot-1, 204-pound Foster suffered a season-ending ankle injury during his first preseason and spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve.
After appearing in the team's first two preseason games in 2010, Foster was waived by the Rams on Aug. 22. He was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets and appeared in the preseason finale, but was waived during final cuts on Sept. 4.
A lot of practice squad players are borderline pro prospects and serve as nothing more than extra practice bodies, but Foster is actually a legitimately decent prospect and one about which I am cautiously excited.
Foster is not your typical undrafted unknown, but rather a former fifth-round pick with a handful of good qualities. He's a big, physical receiver that also brings very good speed. He's a good special teams player and has some upside at receiver as well.
However, Foster is a bit raw and doesn't play up to his physical attributes. He's receiving skills do need work, and he also has a slightly concerning injury history dating back to his days at UNC.
There is obviously a reason the Rams let him go after just one season, and there is also a reason the Jets saw enough of him in two weeks to know they weren't interested in seeing any more. Foster's career isn't off to a great start, and it's entirely possible he never really develops beyond what he is now.
That being said, Foster is certainly an intriguing prospect on special teams and even at receiver, with arguably more upside than undrafted rookies Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace or practice squad body Julius Pruitt.
If Foster is healthy and can perform well enough in practice, it's possible he could be promoted in favor of Moore or Wallace so that the Dolphins can get a look at what he can do on special teams.
As always, check out the updated projected depth chart here.
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Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and is currently a programming coordinator for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins website, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.