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The competition between Ramon Foster and Doug Legurksy quickly changed to Foster and Chris Scott.
By the Friday night practice at Latrobe’s High School's football stadium, Scott was getting reps with the first team at right guard. Pittsburgh’s coaches did not have Legursky rated as a starter, and Scott was impressive in position drills.
In his first game, however, Scott was easily the worst starting lineman on the field. That opened the door for Tony Hills, who looked to be on the way out.
Hills has actually performed well in his limited opportunities at guard and has the current edge over Foster. Though Hills is about 20 pounds lighter than Foster, he worked on increasing his strength over the offseason, and the coaches love his athleticism.
"Tony is very athletic, maybe the most athletic guy in the group," offensive line coach Sean Kugler said.
Hills would also provide the Steelers with a guard who can pull besides Chris Kemoeatu.
"His redirect, his pulling skills, his ability to adjust in space, those translate to guard. I'm not saying he can't play tackle, but we're going to see if those skills flourish at the guard spot. That would be for the benefit of the entire team," Kugler said.
Hills will have to demonstrate these skills if he wants to win the job and prove he can handle larger defensive tackles he will face playing in the AFC North. If not, the coaches do like Foster’s size and how he can match up against large defensive tackles.
Saturday will be a showcase game for Hills, and if he performs, expect him to be named the starter.