Tomlin said Foster will remain the starter at right guard and praised Sanders for his play and his reaction to adversity.
"We liked the intensity," Tomlin said of Foster. "We liked the physical presence that he provided. We liked the way that he and Flozell [Adams] worked together. We'll push forward."
Sanders caught his second touchdown pass in two games.
"He's made plays when given an opportunity," Tomlin said. "He continues to prove it's not too big for him. More than anything, as much as those things, when he makes a mistake he doesn't go in the tank and he usually rebounds from it relatively quickly.
"He put a ball on the ground in Miami and rebounded from it relatively quickly. He dropped the first ball thrown to him on Sunday. He quickly rebounded. Not only is it not too big for him, he doesn't shadow box; he doesn't ride the emotional roller coaster. He tends to bounce back from failures pretty quickly. All of those things are kind of attractive to go along with the talent that we all see."
All I say say is...FINALLY! I was really impressed with Foster last year and thought he'd take over the starting gig this year. He looked like the better option in the preseason (at least in most games), but he couldn't break through to the starting lineup. I couldn't believe Essex didn't get benched for a number of sub-par performances early this year. Finally, when we had our backups out there and Essex still looked like the weakest link, Tomlin had to give Foster a chance. I think the guy will do a solid job for us - far better than Trai (who I honestly believe was the worst starting guard in the league).
Nice to see Sanders move up. ARE offers a reliable set of hands, but he's not the shifty game-breaker he once was. Sanders can stretch the defense more and allow Hines to work the middle of the field, whereas ARE & Hines are too similar. This should help open up the offense a bit.