While Pittsburgh Steelers starting left guard Ramon Foster was present for the team’s Wednesday OTA practice, he apparently was held out of team drills for unspecified reasons, according to Jacob Klinger of pennlive.com. With Foster serving as a spectator, third-year offensive lineman Chris Hubbard got the opportunity to work with the Steelers first-team.
“It’s still a learning process,” Hubbard said, according to the report. “I’m still learning, getting everything down as much as I need to. Trying to help this team out as much as I can.”
Hubbard, who made the Steelers 53 man roster out of training camp last season after spending his rookie season on the team’s practice squad, dressed for five games last season. He only played seven snaps last year on offense and all of them came in the Week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers.
A former undrafted player out of UAB, Hubbard figures to have to battle again this year for a roster spot as the Steelers signed several other undrafted free agent interior lineman to compete against him several weeks ago. He is a converted tackle who has yet to show that he can be counted on for solid play inside.
Additionally, while Hubbard did play some snaps at right guard during the preseason last year, he has yet to show that he is position flexible and he probably have to show more of that this summer.