Pittsburgh Steelers: Ramon Foster or Chris Scott, Who Will Start at Right Guard?

Chris GazzeCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2011

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 29:  Ramon Foster #73 of the Pittsburgh Steelers awaits the snap during the game against the  Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 20-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Entering training camp, one of the camp battles that I broke down was starting right guard.

The incumbent, Ramon Foster, was the favorite but figured to have a stiff challenge from Doug Legursky.

Chris Scott was relatively unknown to outside observers after spending last season on the PUP list. The coaches, though, were impressed and now we are beginning to see why.

At last Friday night's practice, Scott entered the field with the first team offensive line at right guard as Foster was shifted to left guard in place of the injured Chris Kemoeatu.

Let’s just say that Scott did not look out of place as the line did a fine job opening lanes for Rashard Mendenhall to run through.

Scott is a big body at 6’4”, 319 pounds who can move better than Foster.

In individual line drills Scott did struggle against speed rushers but should not have that problem playing in the interior of the line.

Instead, he can use his power which he has demonstrated throughout camp and could be a force in the ground game.

If nothing else, Scott is giving Foster his all and it is going to result in an improved offensive line.

The odd man out right now is Legurksy.

The way that he has been used throughout camp has made it clear that the coaching staff values him in a backup role as he can play both guard positions as well as center.

Over the next several weeks expect both Foster and Scott to get time with the first unit line as the battle at right guard may go to the very end.

Foster raced out to an early lead and now Scott is coming on fast.

May the best man win.


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