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Top 15 Buccaneers: No. 11

6/14/2014

We continue our list of the top 15 Buccaneers with No. 11:

Mason Foster, middle linebacker

What he did in 2013: Foster started 13 games at middle linebacker for Tampa Bay. He produced 92 tackles, one forced fumble and three interceptions.

Why he’s No. 11 in 2014: Foster’s first three seasons in the NFL have been productive, but far from spectacular. In coach Lovie Smith’s defense, Foster will get a chance to shine. Hardy Nickerson and Brian Urlacher previously were stars in the middle of Smith’s defense. Foster will call the defensive plays, something he last did as a rookie. He also will be asked to drop into pass coverage more frequently than he has in the past. But the Bucs believe Foster is ready to match up with tight ends and running backs in coverage.