Marcus Gilbert Opens Up Steelers First OTA Session Of 2013 At Left Tackle

The Pittsburgh Steelers first OTA session of the 2013 season got underway on Tuesday and we are finally starting to see some reports come in via Twitter from the media.

Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Marcus Gilbert opened up as the starting left tackle with Mike Adams manning the right tackle spot. In addition, Kelvin Beachum worked as the second team center on Tuesday.

Tight end Heath Miller (knee) will not practice all off-season, but Kaboly reports that he was walking around without a limp and that he looked good.

The tackle spots are one of several things that we hoped to find out this week and it appears that Gilbert is indeed the front runner for the left tackle spot. It will be interesting to see how much work, if any, that Adams gets on the left side the remainder of the week.

As far as Beachum playing center goes, we had heard that this could possibly happen dating back to last season, but general manager Kevin Colbert made it sound like in a recent interview that that plan had been put on hold for a little while. Regardless, with Doug Legursky currently not with the team, the Steelers really have a question mark at the backup center spot.

Head coach Mike Tomlin was reportedly supposed to talk to the media after the Tuesday practice and we will pass along more information to you later in the day.

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  • steeltown

    Interesting.. thanks Bryan

    I’m just glad to hear that Gilbert is healthy and participating

    I had a feeling Beachum would be given snaps at Center this offseason, and why not? He’s a smart kid and he could be the ultimate utility guy

  • dgh57

    Good to hear Heath Miller is at least walking without a limp! Hope to hear a interview with him in the future! Gilbert at LT concerns me but we’ll have to see how it plays out.

  • zyzak

    Lets hope that he doesn’t fall on anyone

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    Glad to hear Beachum is working at Center as well. He has the smarts to set the line and call the protections as well. Can’t wait to hear about Embernate’s progress and Vince Williams too!

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I realize this is looking way way way ahead but the 2014 draft is loaded with 1st round offensive tackle prospects. This will be a good year to evaluate/determine what we have between Gilbert and Adams. If either of them really struggles I don’t think it’s unreasonable at all to draft a legit LT and let those two guys battle it out for RT and back up.

  • steeltown

    Yes im hoping Embernate shows he has what it takes in preseason, he could be DeCastro’s backup at RG and if he shows he can swing over and play LG he could be a candidate to make the Team

    Golic also seems primed to play multiple postitions

  • Pete

    As we’ve been told so many times in the past, the tackles in OTAs when they’re new are experimental and by no means set in stone. The true indicator will be where they start in training camp. Guys like Kaboly ought to know better.

  • Jason Brant

    I can already see him falling on Ben’s legs…

  • steeltown

    I think Kaboly was just reporting what he saw, Gilbert opened OTA’s at LT

  • NW86

    Hmm, to me that begs the question – if Beachum worked as 2nd team Center, who were the 2nd team tackles (and guards)?

  • steeltown

    My guess would be Whimper and Golic Jr at OT and Malecki and Embernate at OG

  • westcoasteeler

    And Golic Jr too. He may be undersized but he is definitely underrated

  • $19122620

    No surprise here. I think most expected this, but it’s nice to read the OTA tidbits nevertheless.

  • $19122620

    Yeah, me too on Embernate and Williams, haha!

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    Golic definitely will get his shot. I wonder if they worked him at RT again today.

  • $19122620

    Yeah man, I would be all for Emebernate showing the promise to be LG!

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    Be nice to see some nastiness again on the inside trenches right?

  • dgh57

    Or Foster’s legs, ha ha!!!

  • steeltown

    If Beachum was playing 2nd Team Center.. I bet Golic Jr was playing 2nd Team OT

  • SteelersDepot

    Foster also apparently saw some reps at center today, according to Bouchette.

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    Never expected that. Foster at Center?

  • David Edward

    Saw a pic of 2nd team OL and Malecki was RG and Whimper RT..couldn’t see left side, but Golic was standing behind and saw him lined up with 3rd or 4th team at RT. Farrell from PSU might have been one of the LTs since that’s his best spot.

  • steeltown

    Aha.. I can see that, Golic is pretty fresh to the Tackle position, so I would bet Farrell is initially infront of him on the depth chart. I wonder who was 2nd Team LG.. Cheadle? Embernate?

  • steeltown

    Wow.. awesome.. we all know the Steelers and their pursuit of versatility.

  • steeltown

    I really think they are leaving it up in the air.. regarding the backup Center position.. let everyone get a crack at it and may the best man win. Would be awesome if Foster could be the emergency Center, say if Pouncey and whomever else (Beachum or Golic) is out or holding down another position

  • steeltown

    Oh and we’re forgetting about Joe Long as well.. he might be ahead of Farrell initially at OT

  • Steve

    Wasen’t Gilbert on the “Little House”? His fat as* has broken more ankles, I wonder who the foot doctor is for the Steelers. He must pay Little House to make a fall.

  • Steve

    I wanna see Embernasty get mad and blow someone into the next oblivance.

  • Steve

    Little House and Adams Family will be shown up by Embernasty.