Justin Cheadle\’s Misfortune Could Create An Opportunity For Mike Golic Jr.

Pittsburgh Steelers unfdrafted offensive lineman Mike Golic Jr. didn\’t receive any playing time on offense Saturday night in the preseason opener against the New York Giants as he was relegated to only playing three snaps on special teams. Depending on the severity of the injury guard Justin Cheadle suffered Monday during practice, the Notre Dame product figures to play some guard late in the Steelers second preseason game next Monday night against the Washington Redskins.

During the offseason practices, Golic surprisingly received most of his work at right tackle after playing both right guard and center in college. However, once fellow undrafted free agent guard Nik Embernate was lost for the season with a torn ACL and MCL a few weeks ago, Golic was shifted back inside and has reportedly faired pretty well in practices since the move took place.

While Cheadle certainly wasn\’t a lock to make the Steelers 53 man roster this year, it was looking like he was certain to make the practice squad once again if he didn\’t. Being as the Steelers normally like to keep one tackle and one guard on their eight-man practice unit, Golic looked like he could possibly be the odd man out.

Over the last few weeks, it was reported that Golic was working on his center skills much in the same way Cheadle had done throughout the offseason. By making himself position flexibility it will increase his odds of making the practice squad should Cheadle indeed wind up being down for an extended amount of time.

We will have to wait and see if Golic receives any time Saturday night at center against the Redskins, but he should at least have an opportunity to show what he has at one of the two guards spots regardless.

As Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin often likes to say, “One man\’s misfortune or circumstance creates opportunity for others.”

  • MP34

    Whatever happened to Joe Long? He seems to have disappeared. He didn’t play on Saturday and he’s apparently not injured, so did he fall out of the team’s plans?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Sadly to say I am not a fan of Golic. I just do not think he is pro material. I believe it showed by the Steelers not even giving him clean up duty in the 4th. That is maybe why they have him all over just trying to see if he can play any of the OL spots. I wish him good luck because the Steelers need some decent back ups.

  • StrengthOfVictory


    Interesting comments made recently by Tennessee Titans WR coach Shawn Jefferson about making his receivers “battle-ready” for Pittsburgh, and especially “pushing the envelope” with rookie Justin Hunter. Not sure if that’s worth an article or not, given the question marks in the Steelers secondary.

  • steeltown

    Im not sure the reason.. but I bet we see a good bit of him next week with how poorly Whimper and especially Batiste looked on Saturday

  • Bradys_Dad

    As I’ve written repeatedly throughout the off-season, we are going to miss Doug Legursky. Nay-sayers have at it but the guy started center in the superbowl and is not only smart but a hard-working, blue collar righteous dude. Kevin and Co. blew it by not offering him the league min to stay in the black and gold.

  • Tom

    Agreed…. other than Beachum, I am skeptical of all the suspects.

    If injuries to the O line continue to happen like they have in past years, it could be scary.