VIDEO: Mason Foster on His Unique Role as the Tampa 2 MIKE Linebacker

Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Mason Foster has a much different role this season in Lovie Smith’s defense, one that asks him to drop back deep into pass coverage as well as blitz. Foster talks about the adjustments he’s made to fill that role, one that was occupied by his own position coach, Hardy Nickerson, Shelton Quarles and Brian Urlacher, a former safety with extraordinary range.

He also talks about the mental aspects of playing the position and the amount of studying it requires.