Most of us were so focused on Ben Ball during March that we probably missed the 49ers signing of DeShaun Foster. Always good to see one of my favorite Bruin RBs to sign up with the pro team I try to keep tabs on (although have to confess this didn't come across my radar until few weekends ago when I checked out the WWL on draft day and found out what the Niners had been up to this off season). Anyway, here is the story from the San Jose Mercury News on DeShaun making his way back to the Golden State:
After getting cut two weeks ago, Foster looked around for a starting job but discovered almost every team was set at his position. He said he decided on the 49ers because he considers them a team on the rise.
"They have a lot of young talent on the team, with veteran receivers. I think that the sky is the limit with this offense," said Foster, who is listed at 6-foot, 222 pounds.
New offensive coordinator Mike Martz has a reputation for emphasizing the passing game, but Foster said he expects enough balance to stay busy. He is also a big fan of Gore, who has 572 of the 49ers' 796 rushing attempts - 72 percent - over the past two seasons. When asked what his role would be, Foster responded: "Just basically to get in there and spot Frank."
Foster has at least 800 rushing yards over the past three seasons. He is also responsible for the two longest runs in Panthers' history: a 71-yarder in 2004 and a 70-yarder in '06.
ProFootballWeekly.com considered the signing a pretty good move:
Hopefully it will work out for both the Fosters and the Niners. As for remembering Foster as a Bruin, this should help:
Only if Dean, Bell, Carter, Ramirez or other backs can replicate just some of that on December 6.
Good luck to DeShaun and the Niners.