Sources: Marcus Gilbert Still Manning Steelers Left Tackle Spot In Second Week Of OTA\’s

Heading into the Pittsburgh Steelers second week of OTA practices of the 2013 season it had been speculated that Mike Adams might receive reps at the left tackle position after Marcus Gilbert manned the spot last week. However, according to two sources, things remained status quo with the offensive line on Tuesday.

While it is still early in the offseason, it certainly appears as if the left tackle spot is Gilbert\’s to lose at this point as he attempts to succeed Max Starks, who played every snap at the position last season.

Gilbert, the Steelers second-round selection out of Florida in the 2011 NFL Draft, started the first five games of the 2012 season at right tackle before succumbing to a right ankle injury in the Week 6 game against the Tennessee Titans that ultimately cost him the rest of the season.

After Gilbert went down injured, Adams took over as the starter at right tackle for the next six games until he too succumbed to an ankle injury in the Week 12 game against the Cleveland Browns that kept him sidelined for the remainder of the season.

As I wrote in an earlier post, in the five full games that Adams started and played every snap in last season, the Steelers had their most success running the football. During those five games, they rushed for 694 yards on 147 rushes for a very robust 4.72 yards per rush. The team of course went 4-1 in those five games with the lone loss coming against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11.

With the Steelers expected to run a lot of the outside zone in 2013 with new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. now on board, Adam\’s run blocking ability and ability to move better out in space than Gilbert can might be the primary reason that he remains on the right side.

  • dgh57

    Any word on who is getting reps as 2nd string LT? If it’s Whimper then/or Farrell that would go a long way in determining if Gilbert will be staying at LT.

  • SteelersDepot

    Pretty sure Adams will be the backup at left tackle.

  • Ahmad

    Wow I was pretty sure that Mike Adams would get some snaps with the 1st team at LT but I guess not. Well I guess that speaks volumes at how well Gilbert is doing there.

  • Steve

    How bout Ebernasty?

  • TJimmy

    Gilbert has more experience and he claims his skills are better suited for the LT spot.

  • Scott

    gawd help us with Gilbert at LT. The kid simply has no heart for the game. Ben and his fellow OL need to be wary.

  • SteelersDepot

    Congrats on the stupidest comment of the day.

  • SteelerDave

    Although both Gilbert and Adams played LT in college, ever since Gilbert was drafted I have viewed him as a future LT as that is his ideal position. Adams is not a LT no matter how much he loved playing it in college and since drafted it is obvious his future is at RT.

    Everyone blames Gilbert for stepping on people and causing injuries but playing LT he is in space and feels natural. He should be an average NFL LT for us for a long time. Adams though could easily evolve into a pro-bowl caliper RT as his run blocking there is that dominant.

  • sgtrobo

    nah. all it does is serve as a reminder that they’re still playing football in shorts

  • Anon13442124

    Or maybe the reason that Gilbert gets to start at LT is because Adams is suspect at pass blocking.

  • joed32

    He was only a rookie playing in preseason at LT, hopefully he can improve and become a better pass blocker as he learns to use his hands more.

  • steeltown

    Adams will shift over to LT if Gilbert is hurt.. and then my guess would be either Foster, Beachum or maybe Whimper would man the RT spot

  • steeltown

    I think Adams will get some reps in training camp

  • steeltown

    Agreed. Max was never the greatest LT but he was solid and held down the position, maybe just maybe Gilbert can be a solid LT too

  • TrueSteelerForLife

    Great point! Max was great against Suggs, and was always a good role player. I hope Gilbert can first and foremost stay healthy and second just be good vs our division on a consistent bases

  • steeltown

    Yea it would be nice to not have to spend another high draft pick on the OL for a couple yrs…. if Gilbert doesn’t pan out they may have to draft OT again