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Ramon Foster Ended The Year With One Of His Best Games


By Matthew Marczi

As others have mentioned, Pittsburgh Steelers left guard Ramon Foster quietly had a very solid year in his first full season having entered the process as a starter. As it currently stands, in fact, it would be fair to say that Foster has emerged as the team’s best pass protector, a fact that Pro Football Focus also recognizes in their grading.

Foster did nothing to damage that reputation in the season finale against the Cleveland Browns. In fact, he had one of his best all-around games, as he also made significant contributions in the running game, even on the pull every so often.

Speaking of Foster pulling, this pull early in the second quarter saw Foster move reserve linebacker Darius Eubanks out of the hole and led to a big 15-yard gain for running back Le’Veon Bell.

Pulling is something that had not exactly been a highlight in Foster’s bag of tricks earlier in his career, as the former tackle has never been the ballerina of the offensive line meeting room. He lost some weight in the offseason though, and did see his game improve somewhat due to added agility, as seen on this pull.

That agility also shows up in this mid-third quarter carry by Bell. The play began with Foster and Kelvin Beachum doubling up on nose tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen with Foster peeling off to pick up D’Qwell Jackson. The problem is that Beachum wasn’t able to maintain the block on the nose tackle, so it limited Bell’s gain to five yards.

Foster showed off his football IQ on the following play with the Steelers facing a third and long situation. Defensive end Armonty Bryant and outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo worked a crossing stunt, but both Foster and Beachum were on the ball and picked up the two rushers crossing paths. Foster stoned Mingo and forced him to turn upfield as Ben Roethlisberger completed a first down pass to Antonio Brown.

Foster wasn’t done though, as his block on Billy Winn after the first down let Bell cut up into the B Gap for a nine-yard gain on a drive that eventually culminated in a Shaun Suisham field goal.

Foster did a nice job of standing Winn up at the point of attack, and did his best to reel him in as he lunged to the right at Bell. Foster did just enough to let Bell squeak through into the secondary as he helped lead Bell to a 90-yard rushing day at 4.5 yards per carry.

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About Matthew Marczi

Passionate Steelers fan with a bit of writing ability. Connoisseur of loud music. Follow me on Twitter @mmarczi.
  • Steve

    In the 1st GIF Gilbert did a Great job sealing the inside then going after the LB. Wallace is a Road Grader in the 1st GIF he pancakes #62 and in the 2nd and 3rd GIF he drives his man 10 yards or more.

  • joed32

    Foster is under rated by the fans, he’s a solid guard.

  • Matt Manzo

    Your right about Wallace! Those were all highlights for him too! Amazed that we all feel this good about our OL after the start we had! Also think it speaks to one of our earlier in the year fears, player development! I was worried out coaching staff was lossing it, but we watched the whole OL develop into a strength right before our eyes! Thank god!

  • Steve

    Foster would make a better OT, lets see if they move him outside next year.

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