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“A great kid, mature football-wise beyond what he is right now.”

Considering Pittsburgh cut the two most senior members of its offensive line from last season, they’re going to need some of that Pouncey maturity.

Max Starks started the first seven games of 2010 at left tackle before sustaining a neck injury that ended his season. Flozell Adams started all season at right tackle. Both were released last month.

Scott assumed Starks’ spot and is the presumptive left tackle this season. Willie Colon, who started from 2007-09 but missed all of last season due to an Achilles injury, returns to his starting right tackle job.

Due to injury and competition, the guard spots have been even more in flux. Chris Kemoeatu, a four-year starter at left guard, was just activated from the physically unable to perform list on Sunday and still has not performed through a full practice.

No fewer than four players have seen time with the first team at right guard. Ramon Foster ended last season as the starter at the position, but he was limited early in camp due to a concussion. Legursky started four games there last season, and also was a capable fill-in at center when Pouncey was out. Chris Scott started at right guard Friday in Washington, but his performance was such that fourth-year pro Tony Hills has been working with the first team at the position these past two days.

“We know there’s an open job out there and we’re just competing for it,” Foster said. “When you have competition, guys seem to get better. So, maybe it won’t be a musical chair thing next year.”