There's no counting out Steelers lineman Foster
By Mark Kaboly
Published: Friday, June 15, 2012, 12:30 a.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers safety Polamalu finds himself in tough position
- LeBeau wants to come back as Steelers defensive coordinator
- Steelers notebook: Cutting down turnovers, sacks hasn’t led to victories
- Bengals’ balanced offense poses threat to Steelers
- Motivated quarterback Roethlisberger fights to prop up Steelers
- Steelers WR Brown says ‘I thought I had it clean’ after wild, near-miss finish
- Woodley says he’s fine with move to right side despite numbers
- Steelers offensive line ready to rumble against Lions
- Steelers’ NFL playoff hopes are all but gone in loss to Dolphins
- Expert: KO doesn’t mean ‘worst’ concussion for Pens’ Orpik
- Steelers notebook: Worilds loses sack; Big Ben gets 1st career catch