Report: Trai Essex To Compete At Left Tackle With Mike Adams & Jonathan Scott

Some more news concerning the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line today as Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports via Twitter that veteran offensive lineman Trai Essex will get a shot to compete for the left tackle position against rookie second round draft pick Mike Adams and veteran Jonathan Scott.

Essex, who was re-signed prior to the draft, has played all five positions on the offensive line since being drafted by the Steelers in the 3rd round of the 2005 NFL draft. Essex was an unrestricted free agent heading into this offseason.

This announcement pretty much backs up the report by Ed Bouchette earlier this week that said second year tackle Marcus Gilbert will now remain at the right tackle spot where he played the majority of his rookie season after Willie Colon went down for the season with a torn triceps against the Baltimore Ravens in week one. It was announced earlier this week that Colon has been moved to left guard permanently.

When the Steelers report for their first OTA session next week, the starting offensive line from left to right could very well be Scott, Colon, Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster and Gilbert as Kaboly also reported on Twitter Friday afternoon that both Adams and first round pick David DeCastro are not permitted to take part in any of the Steelers 10 OTA practices because of school graduation requirements.

Scott was the week one starter for the Steelers last season at left tackle and Foster assumed the right guard spot after starter Doug Legursky injured his shoulder in the week three game against the Indianapolis Colts. Scott was quickly hooked from left tackle when the Steelers re-signed Max Starks following the Steelers loss to the Houston Texans in week four. Starks started the remainder of the season at left tackle.

  • Scatter

    Tell you what, they better keep Max on the top of their speed dial, because if we have to go into the season with Scott, Essex, or The Big 420 at freaking LEFT TACKLE we’re in a world of hurt. I fail to see the logic of pulling Colon off RT to the LG when our tackle situation is so tenuous.

    Why not put Colon at RT, put Foster at RG (where he was solid), let the most mobile guard we have (Decastro) go to LG, and sign Max back and let he and Adams and Essex fight it out at LT? Scott shouldn’t even be in the equation.

  • Bobby Bowers

    I’m a non user but I recently found out the meaning of “420”… LOL, “420” pretects Big Ben’s blind side for crying out loud. :o)

  • TrueSteelerForLife

    I bet you 420 knows how to spell protects! And 420 will become a solid left tackle now that he is getting paid to do what he loves to do, and that’s playing football! I didnt want us to draft this guy, but now that he is here I’m gonna try to base my opinion on the guy from what he does for THIS team. And truth be told, there are great characteristics to love about the guy. He is a very good run blocker for a left tackle, and his teammates actually loved the guy for how he competed in games!

  • TrueSteelerForLife

    Dave, can you please clarify what the deal is with the rookie participation? I’m guessing we are not gonna see Decastro or Adams this weekend but what about the others? So much for the offseason activities helping the rookies I guess?

  • IF J. Scott wins that battle, they should just cut all three of them and start fresh.

  • Pat

    Trai Essex? really. God I hope not.

  • Wdmason

    …maybe Scott can fine tune his butt blocking techniques.

  • SteelerDave

    Release Scott. He has no business playing LT for any team. At right tackled he fared a tad bit better but with his wage and his lack of skill he needs to be unemployed.

  • Bigben7

    Max Starks is meeting with steelers next week

  • Jefferson St. Joe

    May the best man win the job/unless it is Scott.

  • SteelSpine

    I agree/like it. (Hitting the “like” button doesnt do anything when I do it. So here tis.)

  • Based on what? He says he has had not contact with the Steelers FO recently.

  • Jprankster2005

    I hope Scott get’s released, For that to happen no injuries can happen……. I would like to see Starks back, I think he can help Adams and Essex kinda concerns me he lost alot of weight and don’t know if he lost to much, So I would like to see Adams take over the role ASAP……But also want him ready……… Gilbert,Colon,Deccastro,Foster Pouncey Adams makes for a good OL and a 1 really good Backup, Then Legursky and Essex also back ups……I’m excited for this season, I think we will have a O Line that will give Big Ben even more time to scramble and make big plays…… I think if there’s no injuries with the O Line the recent weapons he has got and the one’s he’s already had……. He can easily be MVP this yr. and a Super Bowl…… If Ben had a O Line like Brady and Brees he could do even more I think…. So this is going to be a fun yr. as long as they stay healthy…… And I truly believe he will win 2 more Super Bowls in the next 3 to 4 yrs…….

  • Jprankster2005

    I agree, It’s like by doing this there taking foster out of the Line and leaving a whole…. But I hope Adams can do what he has done in college and he will be the LT for yrs. to come……

  • Ezeman

    That makes sense, I see the line shaping up like this

    Adams Colon Pouncey DeCastro Gilbert
    Essex/Scott Legursky/Foster Legursky Legursky/Foster Essex/Scott