With five OTA practices now in the books for the Pittsburgh Steelers, I think it is safe to say that there never was a competition for the left tackle spot.
Following the Wednesday practice, Mike Adams talked to the media and pretty much summed up who will be playing where this year with two short and sweet answers to direct position questions he was asked.
Adams was first asked if he expects to play on the right side.
“As of now, yeah,” said Adams. “Just getting ready for that.”
Following that nine word response he was then asked if he has worked on the left side at all.
“No I haven\’t, but if I do need to, I\’ll be ready,” said Adams.
It\’s pretty clear that Adams is disappointed that he isn\’t getting a shot to play on the left side this year, but the Steelers obviously feel like he fits better on the right.
I have pointed out several times this offseason how good Adams\’ run blocking was during his five game stretch as a starter last season and perhaps that is one of the main reasons the Steelers want to keep him on that side in 2013.
At some point during training camp and the preseason games we\’ll see Adams get work at left tackle just as a precaution, but I think we can safely say right now that Marcus Gilbert will be the starting left tackle in 2013.