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Packers lose WR Robert Foster off practice squad to Washington, per report

One of the Packers’ intriguing young receivers is headed to the NFC East.

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As the Green Bay Packers search for answers on offense following a disappointing performance in Tampa over the weekend, one of the possibilities to give that unit a jolt is no longer an option. Until Tuesday, the Packers had four wide receivers on their practice squad, but the team released Kalija Lipscomb in the afternoon and now are set to lose another one to a different NFL team.

The Washington Football Team are signing Robert Foster from the Packers’ practice squad, according to a report from Alabama beat writer Matt Zenitz. (Foster played his college football for the Crimson Tide.)

A third-year pro, Foster posted an impressive 4.41-second time in the 40-yard dash at the 2018 NFL Combine, then demonstrated that speed as a rookie for the Buffalo Bills, who signed him as an undrafted free agent. Foster caught 27 passes for 541 yards and three touchdowns in his first season. Nearly all of that production game in the final seven games, which saw him average over 70 yards per game, a pace that would put a player over 1,000 for a full season.

In 2019, however, Foster found opportunities hard to come by and spent the season primarily a special teams contributor. The Bills released him at the end of training camp this summer, and the Packers then scooped him up onto the practice squad, where he has been ever since.

For Washington, Foster will be the sixth wide receiver on the roster. The team starts second-year pro Terry McLaurin and veteran Dontrelle Inman on the boundaries, with Isaiah Wright in the slot and Cam Sims and Antonio Gandy-Golden backing up.

The Packers now are down to just two practice squad receivers: Reggie Begelton and Juwan Winfree. This also gives the Packers a second open spot on the practice squad, though the team recently brought in Alvin Jones, the twin brother of running back Aaron Jones, for a workout and may be intending to sign him after he clears COVID protocols.