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Report: Steelers T Mike Adams Showed Up At Training Camp In Good Shape

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN on Twitter, Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Mike Adams weighed in at 323 pounds when he arrived at training camp on Friday. Schefter also says Adams\’ core strength is returning just seven weeks after being stabbed during an attempted carjacking on the Southside.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Friday evening during his first training camp press conference that Adams had been cleared medically despite reports suggesting the Ohio State product would start off training camp on the PUP list.

On Saturday, Adams took his place at the starting right tackle spot as he attempts to put not only the stabbing incident behind him, but his rookie season that ended with him being placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury as well.

As we have noted several times over the course of the offseason, Adams presence on the field in 2012 boosted the Steelers running game and there is no reason to expect that won\’t carry over into 2013. The biggest question mark surrounding Adams as he heads into his second season is whether or not he can improve his pass protection.

Last year, Adams got off to a rough start as he was forced to start at left tackle in the first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles and his play in that game showed he was not ready to unseat Max Starks. Once the season got underway Adams was on the sidelines as a backup until injuries forced him to start in week seven at right tackle

This year, at least Adams has known for a while that he will be the starting right tackle in 2013 so that he could prepare accordingly. While his return from the lacerated colon he suffered during the early June incident shouldn\’t be regarded as a miraculous, it does go to show he put in the work needed to have himself ready to go when training camp opened.

Had Adams still needed another week or two to get himself into football shape before taking the practice field, not much would of been said considering the circumstances. He didn\’t need that time, however, and I think that\’s a positive in his corner that probably hasn\’t been discussed enough.

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  • Matt Manzo

    I agree! A lot of people have been worrying about Adams, and this at least shows that he’s working extra hard! Which is all we can ask from our guys at this point!

  • Shea Fahr

    It is miraculous. Other than Foster and Gilbert, the rest of the starters on the Oline seem to look like oversized athletic TE’s and appear in very good condition…including Beachum as well.

  • dgh57

    I’ll take all the good news I can get from the o-line because it concerns me the most with all the youth and inexperience there!

  • Josh Gustad

    This is great news. After the stabbing I feared he would show up a little out of shape. Can’t wait to not only see what Decastro and Adams can do, but the whole offensive line as a unit. A lot of young potential.

  • dgh57

    I’ve heard rumors that Foster has lost weight but nothing officially from Foster or the team. Gilbert is my main concern!

  • Gautama Om

    What is really odd is Shefter is reporting the exact same weight that he first registered with the NFL last year as a rookie.

  • Shea Fahr

    Yeah, he and Gilbert are probably in shape. But their build makes it hard to determine from eyesight.

  • joed32

    Maybe same weight but more muscle?

  • woundedvet

    Being in shape wasnt Adam’s problem last year he arrived to camp last year too in fine shape. Adam’s problem last year anyone could easily see, it was passbocking. That was obvious to anyone who watched him last year. But he was only a rookie. Coaches will have him on the fast track to learn how to pass block. He’s still only having to learn tackle position(s) so thats an advantage, over Beachum having to practice both guard spots plus learn center in addition to both tackle spots.

  • sgtrobo

    he was also learning the footwork on the right side, something he had never done before. Remember, Max was pretty darn bad as a RT but much better as a LT

  • woundedvet

    Fans who obsess about how football players look in street clothes must be new followers of football. Many large fat blobs were fine & even great offensive linemen. And plenty of those could move enough in zone blocking especially offensiv tackle.

  • woundedvet

    Beachum had never played the right side either, but it didnt stop 7th rd pick rookie Beachum from learned it last year, when Beachum was inserted at right tackle for Adams, Beachum single-blocked guys on pass plays like a real pro.

  • Shea Fahr

    …day 2.

  • Pete

    If Beachum is so good, why is he a backup and Adams a starter? Cut Adams some slack. He was a rookie. Neither Adams nor DeCastro lit up the sky last year. I hope to see them make that 2nd year “jump” in performance the coaches like to talk about. If DeCastro and Adams can stay healthy, you are going to see 2 fine O linemen who are difference makers.

  • sgtrobo

    because people drastically overrate how Beachum did last season. He was useless in the run game and got beat quite a bit in the passing game, but because he didn’t go up against Ryan Kerrigan, Justin Tuck, Justin Houston, and Paul Kruger, some people think that Beachum played well because he only gave up nearly as many QB disruptions as Adams playing on about 180 less snaps. When Beachum went up against Dunlap,he gave up more than twice as many disruptions as Adams and got eaten alive in the run game. We gained 93 yards running to the right side alone vs. Cinci in game 1 behind Mike Adams. Game 2, we ended up with something like 35 yards on 16 carries.

  • woundedvet

    Who said Adams is a starter? While I hope & want him to earn it, that has yet to be seen. He’ll just have to become a better pass blocker than Beachum & Foster this preseason because o tackle is too important to risk a qb otherwise.

  • woundedvet

    You obviously never watched Beachum last season. Nor Adams. Adams has the physical size to become good though

  • sgtrobo

    right. I disagree with you so I obviously didn’t watch. Ok.

  • dgh57

    The Depth Chart just put out and the fact that Adams is taking 1st team snaps at RT in practice says he’s the starter. This doesn’t write anything in stone so we’ll just have to wait and see how the preseason plays out. That same Depth Chart has Beachum backing up Gilbert at LT!

  • steeltown

    This is truly impressive

  • woundedvet

    Thats why its only called the 1st depth chart. According to that 1st depthchart you relying on, Landry Jones will be cut. Too many other examples too… They are preparing Adams for RT & I assume he will learn it.

  • dgh57

    To me the depth charts only serve as a view into the minds of the coaches that put it together and only at the time it’s put out. It will change after each preseason game and I’ll adjust my view accordingly.

  • sgtrobo

    you’re really in denial about Adams, aren’t you? Adams was the starter for the Steelers in 4 of their 5 100+ yard rushing games, and the 4 highest games rushing. We played Cinci with Adams and with Beachum. We played Baltimore with Adams and with Beachum. In the 2 games with Adams, we ran for over 300 yards. In the 2 games with Beachum, we ran for just over 180. Once Adams left the lineup, we didn’t see 100 yards rushing. Barring injury, the ONLY way Adams isn’t the starting RT is if he is the starting LT. The ONLY way Beachum starts a game is if injuries occur.

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