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Old 06-15-2012, 07:40 AM   #1
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Default There’s no counting out Steelers lineman Foster

There’s no counting out Steelers lineman Foster
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The Steelers’ Ramon Foster isn’t about to give up the right guard spot to rookie first-round pick David DeCastro or Doug Legursky. Foster was one of the team’s most consistent linemen last year.

Years Age Ht Wt G GS

Ramon Foster 3 26 6-6 325 41 26

Doug Legursky 3 26 6-1 323 35 14

David DeCastro R 22 6-5 315 0 0

By Mark Kaboly
Tribune-Review

Published: Friday, June 15, 2012, 12:30 a.m.
Updated 8 hours ago

Rookie first-round pick David DeCastro has all but been anointed the Steelers’ starting right guard of not only the future but also the present.

Forgive Ramon Foster while he yawns.

If there is one thing Foster has grown accustomed to, it’s that he’s constantly being overlooked. But he has consistently proven the organization wrong.

“At this point, it is my nature to not let it bother me,” Foster said. “If something good happens for me, and I earn something, that’s OK with me. If a certain situation arises for me that is against me, I am going to fight for it. It’s my mentality.”

Foster was an undrafted rookie free agent who had little to no chance to make the team three years ago. He not only made the team, but he also played in 14 games, starting the final three.

The following year, Foster was in a training camp battle for a roster spot with third-round pick Kraig Urbik. Foster won and started the final 11 games, including Super Bowl XLV.

Still, there was plenty of doubt.

Foster found himself on the outside looking in during training camp last year while Doug Legursky, Chris Scott, Tony Hills and Trai Essex got shots to nail down a starting guard spot before him. Legursky was awarded the job before Foster was given a shot.

“You just have to keep fighting, and that’s what I did,” Foster said.

Foster replaced an injured Legursky during Week 3 and started the final 14 games at right guard, including the wild-card playoff loss to Denver.

Now, despite DeCastro being billed as the next great lineman in Steelers’ history, Foster ran with the first team at right guard throughout minicamp, not DeCastro.

“He has been fighting ever since he stepped foot in this locker room,” veteran lineman Willie Colon said. “I won’t count him out of being a starter at all. I think you would have to be a fool to count Ramon out of anything.”

But Foster knows the reality of the situation.

The Steelers didn’t use their first-round pick so a player can sit behind an undrafted player. Foster knows DeCastro will get the first crack of winning the starting right guard spot during training camp, but the 6-foot-6, 325-pounder has been through that before.

“I am just worried about what I do,” Foster said. “If I worried about what they are doing, then I mess myself up.”

Foster has 28 career starts, 23 at right guard over the past 26 games.

According to Pro Football Focus, Foster allowed three sacks, 16 hurries and one quarterback hit, making him the team’s second-most consistent offensive lineman behind Colon, who played only one game before being lost for the year with an injury.

“Ramon works extremely hard and is a real humble guy,” Colon said. “I have a lot of respect for him.”

The Steelers showed some loyalty to Foster when they offered him a restricted free agent tender of $1.26 million during the offseason. After getting some outside interest, Foster signed with the Steelers. He will become an unrestricted free agent next year.

“They definitely have some confidence in me,” Foster said. “It is one of those things when you get a first-rounder … we will see how it plays out, but I am not giving up, no way. It would have to be something catastrophic for me to just bow down and let him have it.”

Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be
reached at mkaboly@tribweb.com.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:13 AM   #2
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Yes there is.
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theres a reason why they chose to move colon to the left and keep decastro to the right. because he can pull to the left. sorry ramon., but unless decastro forgets how to play guard your future is on the bench.
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He will make a great backup.
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what i was about to say lol.

i like foster as a backup, but against colon and decastro his chances are nil, barring injury. with that said, colon has been IRed in the last 2 seasons, because of that, i won't count him out.
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I would like my starting OG to be a man who can lead. A man who can rise to the occasion in an important game against a hated rival. A man who is willing to bend over to pick up a live loose ball laying at his feet, even when no opposing players seem to be around.

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Former average starters becoming good backups. Just what we need to see to know our O-line has improved.
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