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Steelers 2014 roster breakdown: Offensive guards

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Depth may not be ideal heading into camp, but there is some potential behind left guard Ramon Foster and right guard David DeCastro.

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As Pittsburgh Steelers training camp is set to begin, Behind the Steel Curtain takes a look at each position battle and how players at those positions are expected to perform.

PITTSBURGH -- As far as the Steelers offensive line is concerned, the guard spots finally appear to be settled with Ramon Foster and David DeCastro as the starters for a couple years now.

Foster has quickly developed into the leader of the group. He's been a spokesman in the locker room and meeting room and led the way on the field as well. His play has improved with every season, as Foster has started 57 times in 72 games with the Steelers since 2009. Foster has missed just two games the past three seasons and started every game but one since 2011.

DeCastro's future appears to be bright, just like the Steelers believed when they selected him in the first round during the 2012 NFL Draft. After a severe knee injury cut short his rookie year by three-fourths, DeCastro has steadily improved and started 18 of 19 games played. He had 15 starts last season and by the end was among the best guards in the league. DeCastro returned to the Steelers this spring in great shape, poised to have a breakout season.

Unfortunately, there is limited experience behind Foster and DeCastro. The handful of players on the depth chart at guard have just six games in the NFL, and second-year player David Snow from Texas -- who doubles as a center -- played five of them with two starts for Buffalo in 2012.

Bryant Browning, a 26-year-old first-year player from Ohio State, played one game for Carolina in 2011. And 23-year-old Chris Hubbard, a first-year player from UAB, has no games played. All three players are considered to be backups to Foster.

Neither player behind DeCastro has played an NFL game, as Wesley Johnson from Vanderbilt and Will Simmons from East Carolina are rookies. However, depending how the competition goes at the tackle spots, two other players could be used as guards.

Kelvin Beachum, the starting left tackle, and nine-year veteran Guy Whimper could play guard if necessary. Whimper has played some guard for the Steelers, but he has been a valuable backup at both tackle spots as well.

What this all means is that the Steelers have little to no depth on the offensive line, and that could be their Achilles heel this year. If there are any injuries on the O-line, the Steelers likely will be in trouble.