Steelers OL Ramon Foster impressed with rookies

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 15: Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster (73) after the AFC Divisional playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs on January 15, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The Steelers won 18-16 to advance to the AFC Championship game. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)
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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster is impressed with what he has seen from rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and rookie linebacker T.J. Watt, according to Mike Prisuta of the Steelers’ official team website.

“What am I seeing? JuJu (Smith-Schuster), aggressiveness, his play at wide receiver. Artie (Burns), I feel like he’s had one of the best springs from a year-one to a year-two guy, he’s looked really good,” said Foster. “(No. 1 pick) T.J. (Watt), of course, is doing his thing. And in general the whole rookie class has just been rookies, and that’s good. They don’t say much, they come to work and they ask questions.”

Foster also said that Smith-Schuster and Watt are neck-and-neck in terms of who has been the most impactful first-year players.

“What is that, the Mean Joe Greene (Great Performance) Award? It might be a tie if (Watt and Smith-Schuster) can play up to what they’ve done in the spring and mature and maintain,” he said. “If you think about it, they are going to be going an entire year with no time off, meaning the combine training, the combine, the draft, the spring, summer camp, and then a full season. If they can maintain, they’re going to help us in a major way.”

Smith-Schuster, who played his college football at the University of Southern California, was selected by the Steelers in the second round (62nd pick overall) of the NFL Draft back in April.

Watt, the younger brother of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, attended the University of Wisconsin and was taken by Pittsburgh in the first round (30th pick overall).

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