Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson continues to place a great deal of emphasis on getting new faces on the team for the 2012 offensive line. New to the mix is former first round pick George Foster (2003 - Denver). To make room for the acquisition, Indy parted ways with fullback Ryan Mahaffey.
Foster has journeyed around the NFL, spending time with Denver, Detroit, Cleveland, and New Orleans. He also spent one season with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League (2010-2011). Like the other offensive linemen Grigson has target, Foster is much larger than the Colts have traditionally used at 6-foot 5-inches tall and 338 pounds.
Foster built his reputation blocking for running backs Tatum Bell and Mike Anderson in Denver, along with helping the Broncos limit opponents to only 15 sacks on the season in 2004, a franchise record. He was a reliable starter early in his career but was cut by the Lions in 2009 and has not made a meaningful impact since.
The New Orleans Saints took out a flyer on Foster last season. Now he will enter a crowded competition with the Colts, and will boast the most NFL experience of any other linemen this summer and potentially during training camp.
I doubt this guy makes the team. I liked Mahaffey, but now we have run blockers who are also legit receiving threats.
I sure have no business judging offensive line talent, and Foster is probably just camp fodder... but I just fear that the Colts are looking just for size, at the expense of guys that can actually play.
Not to mention the letting go of now TWO fullbacks on the rosters further belittles the "smash-mouth, run-first" offense that Pagano and Grigson were so keen on before the draft.
Thank god they're taking a more sane two TE route!