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mesaSteeler
05-06-2009, 06:31 PM
Ramon Foster update
Ramon Foster

By Randy Moore

Posted May 5, 2009
http://alabama.scout.com/a.z?s=14&p=2&c=862786

Say this much for former Tennessee football player Ramon Foster: He isn't afraid to aim high.

Foster, a 6-6, 325-pounder who started 28 games as a Vol offensive tackle, could've signed with just about any team in pro football after being bypassed in the recent NFL Draft. He chose the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

The move may not be as strange as it appears at first glance. Despite their overall excellence, the Steelers have some needs in the offensive line. They lost one of their best blockers during the offseason when offensive tackle Marvel Smith signed with the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent.

With Smith gone, Pittsburgh is down to four veteran tackles Max Starks, Willie Colon, Tony Hills and Jason Capizzi.

Starks, a six-year pro out of the University of Florida, is one of the NFL's better tackles. Colon, a four-year man, has been a part-time starter. But Hills, the team's fourth-round draft pick in 2008 out of the University of Texas, reportedly has fallen far short of expectations. And Capizzi, an undrafted free agent in 2007, has spent most of his two NFL seasons on practice squads.

Enhancing Foster's chances is the fact Pittsburgh carried five tackles last season and did not select one in the recent NFL Draft. Since Foster was the only tackle the team signed as an undrafted free agent, he has a reasonable shot to stick with the Steelers.

In addition, Pittsburgh is a little short-handed at guard after cutting Kendall Simmons, who failed to pass the team physical. Simmons started the first four games of '08 before tearing his Achilles tendon.

The departure of Simmons leaves Pittsburgh with just four veteran guards five-year man Trai Essex, five-year man Chris Kemoeatu, three-year man Jeremy Parquet and three-year man Darnell Stapleton. The Steelers added a guard via the draft, however, selecting Wisconsin's Keith Urbik in Round 3.

Essex has played some tackle, and Urbik made 16 of his 50 college starts on the outside. Their versatility may convince team brass to carry just four tackles in 2009, which could negatively impact Ramon Foster's chances of making the roster.

A native of Henning, Tenn., Foster owns the distinction of twice being named Tennessee's "Most Improved Offensive Player of spring practice" - winning that honor in 2005 and 2007.

He also made ESPN broadcaster Mark May's All-MayDay Team in 2007 for his toughness. After breaking his thumb in pre-game warmups, Foster still went out and played the entire Vanderbilt game. He went on to play every snap in subsequent games against Kentucky, LSU (SEC Championship Game) and Wisconsin (Outback Bowl).

Psyychoward86
05-06-2009, 08:17 PM
Starks is one of the NFL's BETTER tackles??? :doh:

The Duke
05-06-2009, 08:20 PM
Starks is one of the NFL's BETTER tackles??? :doh:

I think they missed the paid after better :wink02:

Steel Head
05-06-2009, 08:52 PM
hopefully Foster can replace Colon

LOL

fansince'76
05-06-2009, 09:00 PM
Starks, a six-year pro out of the University of Florida, is one of the NFL's better tackles.

:toofunny: :toofunny: :toofunny:

MasterOfPuppets
05-06-2009, 09:04 PM
Starks, a six-year pro out of the University of Florida, is one of the NFL's better tackles. Colon, a four-year man, has been a part-time starteme thinks randy moore has never watched a steeler game.......colon has started more games the last 2 years than starks....yet starks is one of the best, and colon is part time....:rofl:

Steel Head
05-06-2009, 09:15 PM
Starks looks like Anthony Munoz compared to Colon

KeiselPower99
05-06-2009, 09:53 PM
Anyone else find the Tony Hills comment interesting?

MDSteel15
05-06-2009, 09:54 PM
Anyone else find the Tony Hills comment interesting?

No, scary...........

Pi Kapp Steeler
05-06-2009, 11:44 PM
But Hills, the team's fourth-round draft pick in 2008 out of the University of Texas, reportedly has fallen far short of expectations

He hasnt even got any playing time yet, Is he that bad in practice and camp?

Steelman16
05-07-2009, 12:19 AM
How can a 4th rounder fall short of expectations? :noidea:

SunshineMan21
05-07-2009, 01:56 AM
Starks looks like Anthony Munoz compared to Colon

This.

steelreserve
05-07-2009, 01:59 AM
Well, good that we signed this guy. Maybe if he does well, he can replace one of these shitty assholes making millions of dollars just because we don't have anyone better.

Galax Steeler
05-07-2009, 03:54 AM
Well, good that we signed this guy. Maybe if he does well, he can replace one of these shitty assholes making millions of dollars just because we don't have anyone better.

It would be nice if Foster was a diamond in the rough. Maybe he can start in a couple of years that would be just fine with me.

JackHammer
05-07-2009, 05:29 AM
Starks looks like Anthony Munoz compared to Colon

I can't stop laughing :rofl:

fansince'76
05-07-2009, 08:34 AM
But Hills, the team's fourth-round draft pick in 2008 out of the University of Texas, reportedly has fallen far short of expectations

He hasnt even got any playing time yet, Is he that bad in practice and camp?

Considering the source, I'd take that statement with a HUGE grain of salt. This guy pretty much shot his credibility to hell with the statements "Starks, a six-year pro out of the University of Florida, is one of the NFL's better tackles," and "Colon, a four-year man, has been a part-time starter," even though Colon has started more often than Starks over the last 2 seasons, as MOP pointed out. I think it's fairly safe to say that, when it comes to the Steelers at least, Mr. Moore doesn't have a frigging clue as to what he's talking about.

El-Gonzo Jackson
05-07-2009, 09:31 AM
me thinks randy moore has never watched a steeler game.......colon has started more games the last 2 years than starks....yet starks is one of the best, and colon is part time....:rofl:

Yeah, that is what I thought too. Starting over 30 games in the past 2 seasons at RT is "part time".

The Hills comment is interesting, and again questionable as this guy has demonstrated no knowledge of the Steelers. I think Hills has the size and quickness to play OT, but again, I wanted other OT's before him in last years draft because he didnt play like an NFL caliber OT in college.

paw-n-maul-u
05-07-2009, 06:59 PM
who is taking anything this guy says seriously?

I stopped paying attention the second he said starks is one of the better tackles in the NFL. Maybe if he said overpaid.

Steelerroy
05-08-2009, 07:37 PM
:coffee:

billybob
05-08-2009, 08:35 PM
No comment .:banging: