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Ta'amu will start at least eight of the team's 16 regular season games.
First off, this might come true almost by default. I don't think you'll find anyone who'd argue that Ta'amu isn't already an upgrade over Steve McLendon. I think you might even find people who think he's better than Casey Hampton will be in 2012.
Here's what I know for sure.
Hampton can't go on much longer. If Ta'amu comes in and shows up like the player Pittsburgh believed they drafted, he might unseat Hampton completely.
Hampton is tutoring him a lot, so the writing is on the wall there.
If Hampton isn't ready to begin the season as a starter, Ta'amu will be in his place. If Hampton is ready to begin the season between the defensive ends, he might still be on the bench in favor of the rookie.
Hampton will play a role at some point, but his days as a starter might be over.