John Malecki And Justin Cheadle Get Work As Second Team Guards On Saturday
The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking for depth on their offensive line during training camp this year now that Doug Legursky is no longer on the team. The top six offensive linemen are already set with Kelvin Beachum being the sixth, but the remaining two or three spots will be decided over the course of the next few weeks.
According to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider, the second team offensive line on Saturday from left to right was Joe Long, John Malecki, Beachum, Justin Cheadle and Guy Whimper.
Beachum worked at center quite a bit over the course of the offseason as he looks to be the ultimate swing offensive lineman for the Steelers in 2013. Malecki has played some guard and center for the Steelers dating back to last year\’s preseason games and both Long and Whimper alternated at both tackle spots during the offseason practices.
Cheadle will be an interesting to watch during the preseason. He was added to the Steelers practice squad late last season and can supposedly play a little center.
After the second team exited, it is easy to speculate that those reps went to Nik Embernate, Mike Farrel, Joe Madsen, Mike Golic Jr. and Chris Hubbard.
According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Golic Jr. was working at center after practice was over. It will be intersting to see if he gets any playinmg time at the position during the preseason, however, as the Steelers sure seem like they will need to get both Beachum and Malecki plenty of work in those games. Golic did play some center at Notre Dame.