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Prince is staying focused

When Ramon Foster left the field during one of the first practices of training camp, B.J. Finney immediately stepped in to his guard spot and got to work while Foster is out.

That meant another player had to quickly step up as well.

Rookie R.J. Prince.

"Before he got hurt, I was with the threes," said Prince. "From then I have been with the twos. It's a lot more reps and more opportunities to show what I can do.

"I have to prove myself with every rep. Every rep is an opportunity to show everybody what I can do. I can't take any rep off. I have to give it my all every rep. It's what I have to do from now on. It's what I am going to do."

Prince, a 6-6, 311-pound rookie free agent from North Carolina, has caught the eyes of many during camp, and while it's still early on with only one preseason game under his belt, offensive line coach Mike Munchak likes what he brings to the table.

"Great kid. Great size. Very good attitude," said Munchak. "Playing both guard and tackle and doing a good job adjusting between the two. A nice, physical, good looking guy, adjusting to what we are doing. Everything is there – size, strength, long arms, desire. So far, so good.

"He has the physical tools, now it's the speed of the game. You get in a game mentality and have to adjust to the guys next to you. He has a lot of potential. Now it's seeing his technique, how he competes in plays."

The versatility of playing both guard and tackle is something that will definitely play in Prince's favor. Coach Mike Tomlin has made it no secret that he likes 'position flexibility,'

"I am getting everything down. I have been at both guard and tackle and it's going well," said Prince. "It's good to have versatility in this league. You can play a lot of spots it opens more opportunities for you. It's always good to have.

"I just have to keep working and learning. If I know my stuff, if I am at guard I can help the tackle and center with assignments. That means we aren't going to fail. If everyone is on point and together it runs a lot smoother. Knowing everybody stuff really helps."

Take a look at photos of the Pittsburgh Steelers 12th day of training camp.

Camp Life: The Steelers are in the home stretch of training camp. The following is what is still remaining for camp practices that are open to the public. The team will also host the Family Fest on Sunday, Aug. 19 at Heinz Field.

Steelers Training Camp Schedule:

Sun., August 12 - 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
Mon., August 13 - 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
Tues., August 14 - 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)

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