D. J. Foster

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D. J. Foster
No. 37 – Arizona Cardinals
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1993-11-22) November 22, 1993 (age 24)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Scottsdale (AZ) Saguaro
College:Arizona State
Career history
Roster status:Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Rushing attempts:13
Rushing yards:43
Receiving yards:135
Total touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Darryll James "D. J." Foster (born November 22, 1993) is an American football running back for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Arizona State University.[1] He signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He was a member of the Super Bowl LI winning Patriots, though was inactive for the game itself.

High school career[edit]

Foster attended Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he rushed for more than 5,000 yards in his career.[2] As a senior, he set an Arizona state single-season record with 60 total touchdowns, and also set state marks for rushing yards in a game (508), touchdowns in a game (10), touchdowns in a career, points in a career and points in a season.[3] He helped lead his team to the Arizona Division III State Championship to cap of his high school career. He was chosen by the Arizona Republic as the Big Schools Player of the Year in 2011,[4] and also was named the 2011 Tribune Football Player of the Year by the East Valley Tribune.[5]

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated as the 5th best athlete prospect of his class, and drew comparisons to Greg Jennings.[6] On January 27, 2012, he announced his commitment to Arizona State over offers from Cal, Nebraska, Oregon, and USC.[7]

College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

He played in all 13 games, making one start. He scored his first career touchdown against Missouri.[8] He finished second on the team in all-purpose yardage with 1,026 yards (493 rushing and 533 receiving), and recorded six total touchdowns (two rushing, four receiving).[9][10]

Sophomore season[edit]

He entered the season ready for an increased role with the team.[11] He led the nation in receiving yards by a running back and was second overall on the team (653). He finished second on the team in all-purpose yardage (1,170 yards) and ranked second on the team in receptions (63).[12] He totaled 10 total touchdowns for the season (six rushing, four receiving).[13] He had ASU’s only touchdowns (one rush, one receiving) against Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship.[14]

Junior season[edit]

Following the departure of Marion Grice, Foster took over as the main back and offensive weapon for the Sun Devils.[15] On the season, he had 194 carries for 1,081 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns to go along with 62 receptions for 688 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns.[16]

Senior season[edit]

On December 30, 2014, Foster announced he would return to Arizona State for his senior season as a wide receiver.[17] Overall, on the 2015 season, he had 59 receptions for 584 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns to go along with 55 carries for 280 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[18]


Rushing Receiving
Year Team Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2012 Arizona State 102 493 4.8 24 2 38 533 14.0 4
2013 Arizona State 93 501 5.4 51 8 63 653 10.4 4
2014 Arizona State 194 1,081 5.6 54 9 62 688 11.1 3
2015 Arizona State 55 280 5.1 63 1 59 584 9.9 3
Career 444 2,355 5.3 57 17 222 2,458 11.1 11

Professional career[edit]

Coming out of Arizona State, Foster was projected by many analysts to be either a fifth round selection or priority free-agent. He was ranked the 23rd best running back out of the 204 available by NFLDraftScout.com.[19]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 in
(1.78 m)
193 lb
(88 kg)
30 12 in
(0.77 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.57 s 1.58 s 2.65 s 4.07 s 6.75 s 35 12 in
(0.90 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
14 reps
All values from NFL Combine[20]

Foster went undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft, and was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent.[21]

New England Patriots[edit]

On September 3, 2016, Foster was announced to have made the Patriots final 53-man roster and he made his professional debut on September 18, 2016 in the Patriots 31–24 win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 2.[22][23][24] He was released by the Patriots on November 28, 2016, and was re-signed to the practice squad.[25][26] He was promoted back to the active roster on December 3, 2016.[27] On February 5, 2017, Foster's Patriots appeared in Super Bowl LI. He was inactive for the game.[28] In the game, the Patriots trailed 28–3 in the third quarter, but rallied all the way back to win the game by a score of 34–28 against the Atlanta Falcons, in a game that featured the first overtime game and largest comeback in Super Bowl history.[29]

Foster was released by the Patriots on September 2, 2017 and signed to the practice squad the next day.[30][31]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On September 12, 2017, Foster was signed by the Arizona Cardinals off the Patriots' practice squad.[32] In the 2017 season, he appeared in seven games and had 17 receptions for 133 receiving yards.[33]

On August 27, 2018, Foster suffered a torn MCL and ACL in the Cardinals' third preseason game and was ruled out for the season.[34]


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  2. ^ McClune, Mark (November 28, 2017). "Cardinals D.J. Foster returns to where it all started". TelemundoAmarillo.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  3. ^ "D.J. Foster sets state records with 508 yards, 10 TD". East Valley Tribune.
  4. ^ "Arizona high school football big schools player of the year: Saguaro's D.J. Foster". azcentral.com.
  5. ^ "2011 Tribune Football Player of Year: D.J. Foster". East Valley Tribune.
  6. ^ "D.J. Foster". yahoo.com.
  7. ^ "Saguaro standout D.J. Foster commits to Arizona State". azcentral.com.
  8. ^ "Arizona State at Missouri Box Score, September 15, 2012". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  9. ^ "2012 Arizona State Sun Devils Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  10. ^ "D.J. Foster 2012 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  11. ^ "'Faster and stronger' D.J. Foster ready for increased role with ASU – Arizona Sports". Arizona Sports. August 21, 2013.
  12. ^ "2013 Arizona State Sun Devils Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  13. ^ "D.J. Foster 2013 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  14. ^ "Stanford at Arizona State Box Score, December 7, 2013". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  15. ^ "ASU's D.J. Foster ready for new role as featured back". azcentral. August 2, 2014.
  16. ^ "D.J. Foster 2014 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  17. ^ Fox Sports. "Arizona State's D.J. Foster will return for senior year, forego NFL Draft". FOX Sports.
  18. ^ "D.J. Foster 2015 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  19. ^ "The Sports Xchange College Football/NFL Draft Scout Rankings, From Prep to Pro Coverage by the Sports Xchange". draftscout.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  20. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – D.J. Foster". nfl.com. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  21. ^ "Patriots sign eight of their nine 2016 Draft picks; Sign eight rookie free agents; Release Joey Iosefa". Patriots.com. May 6, 2016.
  22. ^ "Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots - September 18th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  23. ^ Kyed, Doug. "Patriots Initial 53-Man Roster Includes D.J. Foster, Danny Amendola". nesn.com. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  24. ^ http://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/football/news/patriots-dj-foster-makes-regular-season-debut/
  25. ^ "Patriots claim DT Darius Kilgo off waivers from Denver; Release RB D.J. Foster from 53-man roster". Patriots.com. November 28, 2016.
  26. ^ "Patriots make practice squad moves". Patriots.com. November 30, 2016.
  27. ^ "Patriots place TE Rob Gronkowski on Injured Reserve; Sign RB DJ Foster to the 53-man roster". Patriots.com. December 3, 2016.
  28. ^ "Inactives: Super Bowl LI". New England Patriots. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  29. ^ Wesseling, Chris. "New England Patriots win Super Bowl LI". NFL. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  30. ^ "Patriots reach 53-man limit". Patriots.com. September 2, 2017.
  31. ^ "Patriots sign nine to the practice squad". Patriots.com. September 3, 2017.
  32. ^ Urban, Darren (September 12, 2017). "David Johnson To IR As Chris Johnson Returns". AZCardinals.com.
  33. ^ "D.J. Foster 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  34. ^ Williams, Charean (August 27, 2018). "Cardinals to place D.J. Foster on IR with torn MCL, ACL". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.

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