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RuthlessBurgher
11-28-2009, 12:53 PM
With all the Ben injury talk, many are forgetting that we are starting an undrafted rookie free agent at left guard tomorrow night.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_655239.html


Free agent Ramon Foster thrust into spotlight
By John Harris, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, November 28, 2009

When the Steelers signed Ramon Foster as an undrafted free agent, he was viewed as an offensive line project with a nice upside.

When Foster beat out Doug Legursky to became the backup left guard to start the season, he was no longer viewed as a long-term project because his promotion meant he was only one play away from replacing starter Chris Kemoeatu.

Foster makes his NFL debut as a starter Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens because Kemoeatu is sidelined with sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee.

For Foster, who replaced Kemoeatu during last week's loss at Kansas City, having a week to prepare for his first starting assignment should boost his confidence level.

"This week is a little bit different,'' said Foster, who primarily started at right tackle at Tennessee. "Now you get a little more time to prepare and get into the mindset of knowing you're going to play for sure instead of coming off the sideline.

"I didn't even know he (Kemoeatu) was coming out for an injury. I thought he was going to come out for a play and go back in.''

Foster follows in a long line of Steelers' offensive linemen who weren't highly touted entering the draft, as there are no first- or second-round picks along the line in the starting lineup.

Left tackle Max Starks, who plays next to Foster on the line, said Foster is a quick study who pays attention to detail and is always prepared.

"Ramon's fine. He understands that this is a business. First and foremost, you have to take care of your job and your responsibility. He's willing to make adjustments and learn how to be a better player,'' Starks said.

"I played with him in the preseason. He's been doing a great job. That's why he got the backup role immediately from week one because he shows a lot of promise, and he knows what he's doing out there. It's going to be a good test for him, but you have to go in there with confidence, and I think he has that.''

Foster said there's no time for nervousness because he understands what's at stake for the 6-4 Steelers, who seek their third consecutive regular-season win over the 5-5 Ravens as both teams vie for a postseason berth.

While he acknowledges Baltimore's traditionally strong defense, Foster feels good about his ability to adapt to a starting unit that has improved from last season.

"I've just got to stay humble and make sure I'm on the same page with those guys,'' he said. "They've been playing together for over two years, this same unit. I've got to make sure I know my assignments and do everything up to their standard.''

Foster is well aware that he is replacing Kemoeatu, who has developed into one of the league's top run blockers.

At 6-foot-5, Foster is two inches taller than Kemoeatu and has longer arms, which could help him in pass blocking situations against the Ravens.

"Chris is a guy that can do it all,'' Foster said. "I've watched him and seen him do stuff, and I try to (mimic) him.''

steelfin
11-28-2009, 01:04 PM
That's probably why Ben decided not to play tomorrow night..... :)

grotonsteel
11-28-2009, 03:10 PM
I thought he did ok against KC. But again that was KC.

I am excited to see him play against Ratbirds.

Chadman
11-29-2009, 07:48 PM
What happens if Foster outplays Kemo?

RuthlessBurgher
11-29-2009, 07:58 PM
What happens if Foster outplays Kemo?

Then Foster has a shot at starting at RG over Essex, who is merely adequate. Kemo's our LG when healthy.

Jooser
11-29-2009, 08:14 PM
You're right RB, I completely forgot about Kemo's issues with all the Ben discussion this week. I hope he fills in well. I wonder why Legursky isn't the guy though?

Mister Pittsburgh
11-29-2009, 08:20 PM
Can Foster pull like Kemo....cause it seems like a majority of our big run plays are when Kemo pulls and blows someone up to create a gaping hole. I would like to see Foster pull tonight and pancake Ray Ray on his butt.

RuthlessBurgher
11-29-2009, 09:33 PM
Can Foster pull like Kemo....cause it seems like a majority of our big run plays are when Kemo pulls and blows someone up to create a gaping hole. I would like to see Foster pull tonight and pancake Ray Ray on his butt.

I noticed him pull successfully at least once last week.