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Report: Steelers Kelvin Beachum To Make Debut At Center Against Redskins

Pittsburgh Steelers second-year offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum has worked quite a bit at center over the course of the offseason and while he didn\’t get a chance to play the position last Saturday night in the preseason opener against the New York Giants, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Thursday that he will be snapping the ball some Monday night against the Washington Redskins.

Beachum told Fittipaldo he\’s been told he will likely play center with the first-team offense, once Maurkice Pouncey is removed from the game. The Steelers did the same thing last week with John Malecki as he played 12 snaps at center with the other four starting linemen once Pouncey was removed from the game.

Whether or not Beachum stays in the game once all the starters are removed is yet to be seen, however. Should he remain at center after the other four starting linemen are done for the night, we could very well see a second team left to right offensive line consisting of D\’Anthony Batiste, Guy Whimper, Beachum, Malecki and Joe Long.

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  • steeltown

    ouch… that’s a scary 2nd Team blindside

  • dgh57

    I mean this in a nice way, but I really feel bad for Gradkowski having Batiste, Whimper, a inexperienced Center, Malecki, and maybe Joe Long playing in front of him! Somebody has to do it, I guess. At least we’ll get a good idea of Gradkowski scrambling ability when all is said and done with this game! :-)

  • Mikey Greensheets

    Yeah, sounds like it may be a little tuff to get a solid qb evaluation regardless of who is taking snaps. Hopefully they don’t take the chance of getting Gradkowski hurt and only change centers like last week.

  • Eddy

    And think- Batiste, Whimper or Long will be our 8th offensive lineman this year…

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I don’t know why people are jumping over the conclusion. If Mike Adams goes down, Marcus Gilbert will be shifted to left. We have that luxury already and what now that concerns me is the next man up after Kelvin Beachem get in game at RT and jury’s still out on whether Ramon Foster is our permanent LG (rumors had it Kelvin Beachem is in the contention for such position) with John Malecki I think we ought to test Beachem out. His agility definitely is a boost in ZBS.

  • Andrew Grigsby

    This O-L depth after Beachum is down right awful. Really hope they can sign someone that gets cut in the weeks to come. At this point anyone off the street is better than our 7th and 8th guys.

  • cencalsteeler

    Alright guys, thinking out loud here. With this second and third team o line making all of us nervous, I have an idea. Why not take some of these extra talented defensive guys that probably won’t make the roster and flip them over to the offensive side. I would rather see Fang at left guard than Whimper. Come on Tomlin, I dare ya!

  • Rubem Dornas

    Legursky is way better than all those names (except by Beachum).

  • Douglas Andrews

    Gonna be alot of “watch outs!!!” yelled after the ball is snapped.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Yeah unless the Left side of that line shows better than last game Grad might be running for his life!

  • dgh57

    Here’s another version of my earlier post.

    I really feel bad for Gradkowski having somebody else castoff at LT, somebody else castoff at LG, inexperienced Center, UDFA at RG, UDFA at RT, and no Spaeth at TE blocking! At least we’ll get a good idea of Gradkowski scrambling ability when all is said and done with this game! :-)

    Could it be possible Gradkowski is the leading rusher come Monday night!! ha ha

  • dgh57

    We saw one good scramble out of Grad in that Giants game for I think a 1st down. I think maybe we’ll be seeing more of the same come Monday night!

  • Douglas Andrews

    Agreed it might be a long nite for Grad

  • steeltown

    I understand Gilbert and Adams back eachother up at LT.. that’s why im hoping Joe Long wins this battle because he can seemingly play on the Left and Right side, im not sure Whimper or Batiste are position flexible, so Joe would be swing OT, the #8 emergency guy if Beachum is already covering another spot

  • steeltown

    Malecki has looked just as good as Legursky did when he was first coming into his own, except Malecki looks like a better OG then he was

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I’m where you are right now. Thing is when’s last time a rookieoffensive tackle picked up the playbook quickly and able to battle the trench against NFL bodies? Willie Colon out of 2005 I believe but evenso, I am hopeful for Joe Long but definitely am not counting on it.

  • steeltown

    Atleast practice squad material

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    To be fair, everybody else after first 6 O-linemen on our roster all are “practice squad”-like qualities. I’d like to see some quality this time not quantity you know?

  • steeltown

    I think Malecki is status quo with Legursky at C and he’s a better OG than he was IMO

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