RB DeShaun Foster - Free Agent

6-0, 222Born: 1-10-1980College: UCLADrafted: Round 2, pick

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Game Recaps

2008 Week 1 vs ARI (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Foster substituted for Gore on two occasions and ran for 11 yards on four attempts. He caught one ball out of the backfield for 12 yards.

2008 Week 2 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Foster did not have a carry in this game.

2008 Week 3 vs DET (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Foster had just two rushing attempts for one yard and failed to make a reception on his only target.

2008 Week 4 vs NO (1 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Foster only saw two touches in limited relief of Frank Gore.

2008 Week 6 vs PHI (3 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

RB DeShaun Foster did not look good running the ball. He failed to convert on a third and one and did not attack the line of scrimmage.

2008 Week 11 vs STL (10 / 17 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 40 / 0 rec)

Foster had a nice 31 yard catch, and an 11 yard run. He mopped up for Frank Gore in the fourth quarter and fumbled the ball away on a busted play.

2008 Week 12 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 1 rec)

Foster's only action came late in the fourth quarter when Hill found him open on a short route deep in Dallas territory. Foster converted the reception and made it easily into the end zone for the final score.

2008 Week 14 vs NYJ (16 / 35 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Foster did not enter the game until Gore was injured. While he did not gain a lot of yards, he was instrumental in helping San Francisco retain control of the time of possession with hard running up the middle on the majority of his carries.

2008 Week 15 vs MIA (18 / 76 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 25 / 0 rec)

Foster had a steady game and got the yards that were there from his blockers. Rarely was Foster stopped for a loss or no gain. He ran reasonably well between the tackles and chipped in with five catches for 25 yards on top of the 76 rushing yards. Foster ran a play out of the Wildcat formation and kept the ball for a solid gain.

2008 Week 16 vs STL (12 / 36 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Foster took over Gore's role as the main back, but very little with the opportunity. His biggest play was an 11 yard catch and run in the second half. The 49ers were playing from behind for most of the game, so the running game took a back seat.

2008 Week 17 vs WAS (9 / 44 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

While fellow RB Frank Gore was back in the mix as the 49ers' starter at RB, Foster still saw plenty of action as Gore wasn't playing at 100%. Not only did this result in a solid performance, yardage-wise, but it also saw him score a third quarter TD from the one yard line while Gore nursed his injured ankle on the sideline. Foster was also involved in the passing game, as he received a handful of targets on screen tosses and short routes in the second half.

2007 Week 1 vs STL (17 / 94 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Foster carried 17 times for 94 yards but did not score. He had a golden opportunity to score but literally let it slip away when he fumbled at the St Louis three yard line. He added one catch for seven yards. After his fumble DeAngelo Williams saw the bulk of his carries. Foster did not carry the ball inside the 20 yard line after turning the ball over to the Rams.

2007 Week 2 vs HOU (9 / 22 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)

Foster carried the ball nine times for 22 yards. He also caught all four passes thrown to him for 20 yards.

2007 Week 3 vs ATL (20 / 122 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 1 rec)

Foster rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown on just 20 carries. Foster was the go to back late in the game when the tough yards were needed. Foster picked up seven first downs on the ground. He picked up 49 rushing yards in the fourth quarter. With the Panthers up just seven points, Foster picked up three first downs on their final drive to run the clock out on the Falcons. Foster's only catch of the game was on a great over the shoulder catch on the edge of the end zone. The play was challenged and upheld.

2007 Week 4 vs TB (15 / 64 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

Foster rushed for 64 yards on 15 carries. He never quite got on track but did have a nice run of 13 yards. Foster fumbled twice in the game losing one of them. His lost fumble was on a 10 yard run but it gave the ball to Tampa Bay at the Carolina 20 yard line. On their final drive, Foster had an incomplete pass thrown to him at the Tampa 14 yard line. It was his only red zone opportunity.

2007 Week 5 vs NO (19 / 59 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Foster showed that he is the workhorse of the Panthers offense by consistently gaining the tough yards and keeping scoring drives alive. He had little room to run through the first three quarters, but was able to break off some runs of over five yards on the lone touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. His best runs came between the tackles as the Saints were able to restrict plays designed to go outside to negative or short yardage.

2007 Week 6 vs ARI (17 / 43 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Foster was the starting running back but found yardage difficult against the Cardinals' front seven. He finished with 17 rushes for 42 yards and no scores. He added two receptions out of the backfield for six more yards.

2007 Week 8 vs IND (19 / 62 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Foster carried the ball 19 times for 62 yards. He scored the Panthers only touchdown of the game. He carried the ball seven times on the opening drive and punched it in from three yards out for the touchdown. Foster caught one pass for five yards. He was only targeted two times in the game.

2007 Week 9 vs TEN (17 / 63 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Foster carried the ball 17 times for 63 yards. He had all but four of the Carolina carries out of the backfield. He added two catches for six yards. He did not have any red zone touches as Carolina only had one play inside the Tennessee 20 yard line, a touchdown catch by Drew Carter.

2007 Week 10 vs ATL (20 / 59 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Foster was bottled up by the Atlanta rush defense. He gained only 59 yards on 20 carries. He also caught one pass for five yards. Foster could only manage a nine yard run for his longest of the game.

2007 Week 11 vs GB (20 / 87 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)

Foster carried 20 times for 87 yards and also caught one pass for 21 yards. Foster had five red zone carries with the closest being from the Green Bay eight yard line. He picked up five first downs including one on the 21 yard pass play on a nice catch and run on a short pass. Foster got the ball down to the Green Bay five yard line but then Carolina passed on the next three plays, not giving Foster a chance to score.

2007 Week 12 vs NO (9 / -5 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Foster had a forgettable game carrying the ball nine times for minus five yards. He caught two passes for 16 yards. On back to back drives in the third quarter, Foster inexplicably fumbled. The first time he was stopped but reversed direction to try to pick up more yards and just dropped the ball. Carolina was able to recover the ball after a 12 yard loss. On the next series, Foster was spun around and tried to stay on his feet. As he turned up field he again dropped the ball since it wasn't tucked away. This fumble was lost. The two fumbles led to 14 points for the Saints.

2007 Week 13 vs SF (21 / 58 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

DeShaun Foster carried 21 times for 58 yards and one touchdown. He also had three catches for 35 yards. Foster carried the ball twice from inside the five yard line but couldn't punch it in and Carolina settled for a field goal. On Carolina's next drive, Foster carried the ball to the 49ers' five yard line. Testaverde hit Rosario on the next play for the touchdown. When Carolina recovered a muffed punt at the San Francisco 11 yard line, Foster was used exclusively and scored a touchdown four plays later.

2007 Week 14 vs JAX (11 / 46 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Foster carried 11 times for 46 yards. He fumbled at his own 21 yard line. Jacksonville capitalized on the turnover with their second touchdown to raise the score to 17-6. Foster did not have any red zone carries.

2007 Week 15 vs SEA (18 / 47 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

DeShaun Foster carried the ball 18 times for 47 yards. He was unable to pick up a yard on a fourth and one try in the third quarter. Over the course of the game, Foster had three chances to pick up a first down with just a one yard gain but he was unable to get it all three times. Foster did not have any carries inside the red zone.

2007 Week 16 vs DAL (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Foster's two catches came on first down plays, but Foster had few opportunities in this game through either the air or ground. Foster had been a major component of the Panthers offense for much of the season, but with the Panthers only holding the ball for twenty one minutes, did not allow Foster to get very involved in this game.

2007 Week 17 vs TB (11 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Foster started the game but gave way to DeAngelo Williams as the game progressed. He finished with 11 rushes for 46 yards and added one reception for 11 yards on his only target through the air.

2006 Week 1 vs ATL (15 / 54 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)

Foster ran for 54 yards on 15 attempts for a Panthers' offense that struggled to establish the running game. He found little success rushing up the middle and even less trying to get outside against the quick Atlanta defenders. Foster's longest run of the contest was a ten yard gain late in the first quarter. He contributed to the receiving game with four receptions for 20 yards. Foster did have a fumble but recovered it himself. He had no rushing attempts in the fourth quarter as Carolina resorted to the passing game.

2006 Week 2 vs MIN (13 / 26 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Foster started the game plodding and looking tentative. However, there wasn't much room between the tackles as the Minnesota front seven did a good job of slamming the running lanes shut. When no hole was available up the middle Foster was often dropped at or near the line of scrimmage. Foster didn't attempt to break runs to the outside

2006 Week 3 vs TB (20 / 82 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 7 / 0 rec)

Foster carried the rushing load throughout the game. The Panthers were able to move the ball with the run effectively in spurts, but couldn't consistently move the sticks and had two drives end in field goals. Foster fumbled at the start of the second Panthers' drive in the third quarter, but remained in the game and continued to carry the load keeping backup RB DeAngelo Williams on the bench.

2006 Week 4 vs NO (16 / 105 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Foster had an inauspicious beginning in Week 4, losing ten yards on his third carry of the game. After getting hit by the first defender for a short loss, he made a very poor decision to run backwards and made a bad play worse. He managed to fight back to a positive total before halftime, registering 34 total rushing yards on 10 carries. Foster was not used as a rusher in the third quarter, but later added six carries on the final two drives of the game. Foster intended to just turn the corner and fight for a first down on his last carry, but the Saints did not wrap him up and he broke free for a 43 yard touchdown run. That put him over 100 rushing yards for just the fourth time in his career. Foster was also targeted three times, but only one was catchable. He reeled that one in for six yards in the first quarter.

2006 Week 5 vs CLE (24 / 106 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

With the injury to DeAngelo Williams, Foster saw extensive action in this game, and responded by averaging 4.4 yards per carry over twenty four attempts as the primary ball carrier, instead of the split role which these backs were recently employing. Foster got off to a slow start, with just thirty yards in the opening half, and a long of five yards, but finished the second half with fifteen attempts for 76 yards and a long rush of twenty two yards. Foster carried a third and goal from the six yard line to the one, coming up just short of a touchdown late in the game.

2006 Week 6 vs BAL (26 / 58 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Foster struggled near the goal line, being given the ball four times from inside the two yard line, and failing to convert any for touchdowns. Additionally, he lost a fumble early in the game, and never really got on track in the rushing game, averaging just 2.2 yards per carry with a long of twelve yards.

2006 Week 7 vs CIN (14 / 59 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Foster had a couple of nice runs showing good vision and speed finding holes in the line of scrimmage. He had three carries of 11 yards or more but had several others for a loss or no gain. Foster finished the game with 14 carries for 59 yards. He added two catches for 20 yards out of the backfield.

2006 Week 8 vs DAL (15 / 50 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

Foster never really got on track running the ball. He did contribute in both the passing and running game, earning at least 30 yards in each. Foster scored the first touchdown of the game on a one yard score early in the first quarter.

2006 Week 10 vs TB (13 / 48 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Foster did not impress and was held to 48 yards on 13 carries. He converted on second and ten with a 13 yard run; his longest gain of the night. Brad Hoover was used in short yardage situations in the second half and was given the ball at the five yard line for the Panthers' only rushing touchdown of the game. Foster also saw DeAngelo Williams carry seven times. Foster was targeted three times, catching two passes for a total of nine yards.

2006 Week 11 vs STL (9 / 63 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Foster found tons of room to run through the first half. He was through the line of scrimmage and into the secondary on four of his nine first half carries running mostly between the tackles. However, he landed hard on his arm just before halftime on a carry. He sprung up quickly, but ran directly to the sideline holding his arm. X-rays were taken at halftime and early indications were that Foster suffered a hyper extended elbow. He reportedly could have returned if he was needed but he did not play in the second half.

2006 Week 14 vs NYG (8 / 23 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

Foster started the game and remained in the backfield until midway through the second quarter. He showed no visible evidence that his injured elbow was bothering him. Foster looked quick and ran powerfully between the tackles, but didn't get much of a chance early with only six first half carries. Drops by Carolina receivers on third down plays repeatedly killed Panthers' drives. The second half was more of the same, but the score and game situation forced Carolina to abandon the run going into the hurry-up offense.

2006 Week 15 vs PIT (7 / 42 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 5 / 0 rec)

Foster had only seven rushing attempts and averaged six yards on them. However, 29 of his yards came on one run early in the third quarter. Trailing most of the game, the Panthers elected to put the ball in the air and Foster did not get many touches. Foster had an eight yard reception. His other two catches resulted in no gain and a loss of three yards.

2006 Week 16 vs ATL (28 / 102 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Foster was a workhorse in the game. He carried the ball 28 times for 102 yards. Foster got a chance at the one yard line but was stopped for no gain on first down. The next play was a touchdown pass to King. It was Foster's only carry inside the red zone all game. Foster picked up three rushing first downs. His longest run of the game was 11 yards but his biggest contribution was clock control. He also caught one pass for five yards.

2006 Week 17 vs NO (19 / 79 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

Foster had a solid game, rushing for 79 yards on 19 carries and he also scored a touchdown. The Panthers had gotten the ball down to the two yard line with two minutes left in the first half. Foster ran it on third and one but was stuffed. Carolina went for it on fourth and one. Foster broke through for the score. He also added three catches for 12 yards.

2005 Week 1 vs NO (9 / 41 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Foster did not get the start in this game, but he shared carries with Stephen Davis on the Panthers' first series and throughout the game. Foster carried the ball just nine times, but also had three receptions in the passing game. For the most part, Foster was used on second and third downs, and in obvious passing situations. Foster did get one red zone carry at the six yard line, but this occurred while Davis was catching a breather after his 39 yard run. Foster did not see any other red zone action.

2005 Week 2 vs NE (7 / 37 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)

Foster spelled Davis occasionally, and had some success running the ball, gaining 37 yards on seven carries. He was in the game on third down passing situations, and had one catch for 23 yards. He was not given any goal line carries.

2005 Week 3 vs MIA (8 / 27 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)

Foster looked like the better Carolina running back, but that's not saying much. He was the Panthers' second leading receiver with three catches for 48 yards on four targets, but like his stable mate Stephen Davis, did not find pay dirt.

2005 Week 4 vs GB (9 / 38 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec)

Foster looked better than Davis in both areas of the game, but didn't see as many touches or the end zone. He made one of the highlight plays of the night, catching a pass and dragging his would be tackler with him before going out of bounds. Foster averaged over four yards a carry and was the Panthers' leading receiver.

2005 Week 5 vs ARI (8 / 42 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 47 / 0 rec)

Foster broke off a couple of nice runs early, and caught a couple of balls, but lost a fumble in the first half, and was used more sparingly in the second half. He provides a change of pace to Stephen Davis, but the Panthers made it clear who was their primary back when the game was on the line.

2005 Week 8 vs MIN (12 / 51 / 0 rush, 5 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Foster was back on the field for Carolina after missing the game against Detroit with a knee injury. He was the leading rusher for Carolina with 51 yards on 12 carries but no touchdowns. Foster had one catch for eight yards out of the backfield. He did have an end zone target in the second quarter but he was clearly covered by a Minnesota defender. Foster did show good speed and was not afraid to fight for extra yardage in the trenches despite playing with pain in his right knee.

2005 Week 9 vs TB (16 / 23 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Foster ended with more carries than Stephen Davis after the Panthers built a substantial lead. He only managed 23 yards on his 16 carries, but the Buccaneers knew what to expect with the Panthers attempting to run out the clock. Foster caught two of his three targets for a total of 16 receiving yards.

2005 Week 10 vs NYJ (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)

Foster had the longest play for the Carolina offense, catching a five yard pass, making the first man miss, and running 25 more yards for a 30 yard first quarter reception. Most of his work came in the first half, as he caught two more short passes and ran four of his six carries by the end of the second quarter.

2005 Week 11 vs CHI (9 / 41 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Foster led the Panthers with 41 yards on nine carries. The majority of the yards coming on third and long draw plays. Deshaun did have three catches for 20 yards. He also had another catch for ten yards called back on a holding penalty.

2005 Week 12 vs BUF (22 / 74 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)

Foster had a season high 23 carries and took over from Stephen Davis as the main ball carrier six minutes into the game. Foster had two first down runs on the Panthers' second drive, but was then stopped on third and one. He had another three first downs on the Panthers' opening possession of the second half. Foster was given one goal line carry but was stopped for a loss on the play. He was effective as a receiver, catching four of his five targets including a 12 yard reception for a first down. The Panthers reportedly gave Foster the bigger workload in order to assess his potential as he will be a free agent at the end of the year.

2005 Week 13 vs ATL (24 / 131 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 49 / 1 rec)

Foster entered the game on the Panthers' third possession replacing RB Stephen Davis. Foster gave the Carolina offense a huge lift with carries of six and 30 yards leading to his 18 yard touchdown reception. Foster caught the ball in the flat and sprinted away from the linebacker to the end zone. His 30 yard carry at the start of the drive was "Earl Campbellesque" leaving tacklers in his wake rumbling down the center of the field. On their next possession Foster showed the ability to cut and sprint to a new hole with a quick stutter step. Foster showed power and moves throughout the game. The Panthers' offense leaned heavily on Foster and rewarded him late with his first rushing touchdown of the season.

2005 Week 14 vs TB (14 / 46 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)

The Panthers opened the game trying to get Foster the ball as much as possible. Eleven of the first fifteen Panther offensive play were called for Foster (ten runs, one pass). His first two carries went for eight and 15 yards off right guard, but the Tampa Bay defense quickly shored up the holes and began hitting him at the line of scrimmage and in the backfield. Foster only had two rushing attempts in the entire second half.

2005 Week 15 vs NO (21 / 75 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

With Stephen Davis on injured reserve, Foster moved into the starting role and carried the rushing load for Carolina for three quarters. Foster appeared to have some difficulty maintaining traction on the loose turf, often slipping while attempting to change direction or bounce outside. His numbers were respectable, gaining 75 yards on 21 carries but may have been better if it were not for the traction problem. One disappointing stat was his longest carry for just nine yards against a weak Saints' rush defense. With the game in control, Foster was removed from the game after three quarters as a precaution after sustaining a "stinger" to his shoulder last week.

2005 Week 16 vs DAL (22 / 68 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Demarcus Ware and the Cowboys' defense gave Foster a great deal of trouble early on, limiting him to only 37 yards on 13 carries in the first half. He fared only slightly better in the second half, gathering 31 yards on only nine carries, a game average of just over three yards per carry. He found very little space and didn't seem to have the ability to make tacklers miss. His longest carry was only nine yards.

2005 Week 17 vs ATL (18 / 165 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Foster had a great game for Carolina, rushing for over 100 yards and breaking the franchise record for longest touchdown. He broke through the line from his own 30 then ran 70 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Foster continued to add to his totals after halftime, gaining over ten yards and four first downs on his only four carries in the third quarter. After his 22 yard gain on his 18th carry, HC John Fox rested his starter for the playoffs.