Arian Foster entered his first practice with the Dolphins nervous and anxious. Understanably so, given he’s been activated off the PUP list and is competing for the starting running back job against Jay Ajayi. Foster managed to push past the nerves saying:
“It felt good to just be back out here again — to get my feet wet, grinding with the fellas (and) enjoying football again. I actually feel better because I was coming off another injury,” said Foster, who also missed time last season due to a groin injury. “I actually feel better – more rested, healthy. I got a chance to train all summer.”
He performed exceedingly well during his strength and conditioning test. Head coach Adam Gase said his routes were smooth and effortless, adding on that weight and conditioning coach Dave Polucka said he annihilated his test.
Adam Gase says weight and conditioning coach Dave Polucka said Arian Foster "annihilated" the conditioning test.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) July 31, 2016
“His resume speaks for itself. I don’t think there’s any question why we brought him in here,” said Gase. If training camp is any indication, the sky is the limit for Foster. He’s showing up the Dolphins backfield and proving he wants the starting job.
Should come as no surprise but Arian Foster is head and shoulders the best RB on Dolphins based on what he's showing in practice.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) August 4, 2016
“He’s playing this year. Whether he’s the guy that will be the first snap of the game, time will tell. He is going to be rolling with the ones,” stated Gase. Given he played only four games last season (due to an achilles injury) and is nearing age 30, his performance at his first practice speaks volumes as to what he might be capable of this fall.
The Dolphins may have seriously scored with locking down Foster to a one-year “prove yourself” deal back in July.