As Otha Foster began to gain ground while chasing Miami Dolphins quarterback Brandon Doughty from behind Thursday night, the Ravens strong safety entertained the idea of causing a fumble and giving the ball back to the offense. But then common sense took over, and Foster agreed to settle for the most fundamental result: a sack.
“I’m thinking, ‘Get the ball out.’ But definitely get there before he throws it because you never know when he’s getting ready to throw it,” said Foster, who ended up sacking Doughty for a 9-yard loss on third-and-9 from the Dolphins’ 32. “So you’re just running as hard as you can. I was hoping that he was going to bring his arm up so that I could strip-sack him, but I was trying to get there as fast as I can.”
That sack in the Ravens’ 31-7 win has been the highlight of Foster’s time in training camp thus far. Foster, who rushed the pocket on a safety blitz, credited defensive coordinator Dean Pees with ordering the blitz.
“It was very thrilling,” he said. “It was Coach’s call, and we executed it right. It really was a coverage sack. The quarterback was rolling out, and I think he had no clue I was behind him. I tried to get a strip, but I didn’t get it out.”
Foster’s journey to the Ravens has taken him from playing running back at Varnado High School in Angie, La., to serving in the Marine Corps for three years to spending the past three years in the Canadian Football League. Last season, the 28-year-old safety was named the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Most Outstanding Defensive Player after finishing with 71 tackles, three sacks and one interception.
So as pleased as he might be about Thursday night’s showing, Foster knows he has an uphill climb to make a bid to be named to the team’s 53-man roster. But he said he cannot afford to worry about that just yet.
“All I know is I have to go out there and do the best that I can and go hard and just do what I do,” he said. “After that, I’ll be satisfied with their decision.”