Steelers Lack Of Depth At Tackle Position To Be On Display Starting Monday

Prior to starting right tackle Mike Adams being stabbed early Saturday morning during an attempted robbery, the Pittsburgh Steelers depth at the tackle position was already thin and inexperienced. With Adams now expected to be out until the start of training camp, the team might be forced to add another body to the roster in the meantime.

When the Steelers start their third and final OTA session of the 2013 season on Monday, Guy Whimper very well could be the player taking reps with the first team at right tackle. Whimper was signed back in early May after previously being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in late February.

The only other reserve tackles currently on the Steelers roster are Joe Long, Mike Farrell and Mike Golic Jr. Long has reportedly been taking reps as the second-team left tackle behind starter Marcus Gilbert through the first two OTA sessions. He has been with the team since late November of last season when he was signed to the practice squad.

Farrell and Golic were both signed as undrafted free agents following the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft. It was reported to us last week that Golic, who primarily played guard at Notre Dame, had to leave practice early in the week with some sort of leg injury, but it appears he made it back to practice of Thursday.

Another option for the Steelers would be to move Kelvin Beachum to right tackle, but he has been busy trying to learn the center position through the first two OTA sessions, so that is unlikely to happen.

  • Stephen Dale

    old age, knee injuries, excessive salaries, now a stabbing—don’t know what else can befall this organization.

  • steeltown

    Time for one of these guys to step up.. prove their worth.. maybe someone stands out this week and in minicamps with the 1st Team Offense that we would have not otherwise seen go against the 1st Team Defense.. its a chance for someone to make a name for himself

    …just trying to stay positive

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Steelers FO’s lack of intelligence is on display too. This is exactly why Max Starks should’ve been resigned.

  • Busforever

    Of course we could say we should have signed Max Starks, but… Hey, do you have another exemple of OL in the NFL so devastated year after year after year, always damaged before the season even starts? How can you anticipate it every time? We drafted guys to resolve the problem. Well, they all have been injured. This o line is cursed!

  • Louis Goetz

    Wow, would everyone please take a step away from the edge. This is not the end of the world, people. While a stabbing is certainly scary, it appears that Mr. Adams’ injuries are superficial and that he’ll make a full recovery. Would everyone be consulting their Mayan calendar if 76 had pulled his hamstring and was looking at the same recovery time? 4 guys competing for the back-up RT spot now get to do so while running with and against the 1st team guys, which is ideal seeing as how they’d be going up against 1st teamers in a real game. It’s an unfortunate situation, of course, and I hope the time off doesn’t set him back that much. I’m just glad he’s going to be okay and that the back-ups get some better quality reps in the interim.

  • Mike Adams strongly needs reps with the first team. He needs to polish his pass protection skills. A full camp is not a luxury for a player of his age. He already missed some OTA last year. Plus, a few days ago, wasn’t Ramon Foster who was sayin’ «as a OL we need to stay healthy in order to play together» lol. Of course it’s not the end of the season. I would say it’s the real beginning: in Pittsburgh, a season never really starts before a lineman is injured

  • westcoasteeler

    Our 7th Championship. And, if im not mistaken, getting stabbed is in the Steelers’ linemans job description…

  • Shea Fahr

    Could be another transaction this week as we are short on tackle bodies. Mike is certainly going to be off for a while to heal those abdomen muscles and strengthen them back up. Glad the kid is ok.