Steelers training camp preview: Is Ramon Foster entering last season with team?
The Tribune-Review will examine each position on the Steelers roster as they prepare to report for training camp July 25 at Saint Vincent. Today’s installment looks at the seven guards:
David DeCastro: A third Pro Bowl berth and a second selection as first-team All-Pro were the rewards for another superb season by DeCastro, who returns for his seventh year with the Steelers. When DeCastro was rested for the season finale, it snapped a streak of 71 consecutive regular-season starts. Because of his durability, he is the unquestioned anchor of the offensive line.
Ramon Foster: This will be Foster’s 10 th training camp in Latrobe. Will it be his last? Foster’s contract expires after the season, and the Steelers could go with a younger player in 2019. Expect Foster to not exit quietly. He still wants to win a championship and grab an elusive Pro Bowl berth with the Steelers.
B.J. Finney: With Foster missing four games to injury over the past two seasons, Finney capably served as his replacement. He was in the lineup in 2016 when Le’Veon Bell rushed for a team-record 236 yards at Buffalo.
Matt Feiler: Joined Steelers in 2015 to provide depth on the practice squad at tackle, but has taken snaps at guard. He started the regular-season finale at right guard in place of a rested DeCastro. With Jerald Hawkins out for the year, Feiler could be a backup at multiple spots.
On camp roster
Chris Schleuger: An undrafted free agent out of UAB, Schleuger played left guard in his one year at the Conference USA school. He had prior stops at Northern Iowa and a junior college.
R.J. Prince: Signed out of rookie minicamp, Prince started 23 games over his final two seasons at North Carolina.
Larson Graham: At Duquesne, Graham was a four-year starter at right tackle and made 46 consecutive starts. After being cut by the Atlanta Falcons last summer, Graham was signed by the Steelers in April and was used in offseason workouts at guard.
Is this Foster’s last stand?
Foster will turn 33 in January when the Steelers are expected to embark on another playoff run. He has earned three contracts from the Steelers, but they have Finney, who will be a restricted free agent after the season, waiting in the wings.
Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @tribjoerutter.