Steelers Must Now Find Out Just How Much Of A Known Commodity Cody Wallace Really Is

During his pre-game press conference last Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about the team’s recent decision to sign offensive lineman Cody Wallace and if his ability to play center was the difference in bringing him in, and the reason why John Malecki was waived to make room for him.

“Really, it’s the chief reason why he’s here,” said Tomlin. “He’s a known commodity from a professional football standpoint in terms of snapping the ball. He’s also guard capable, but this is a guy that was a three-year starter at Texas A&M as a center and has been in the league and on several different teams in that capacity. He’s a sharp guy; he’s got good quickness, and we believe he’s going to be a positive asset to our football team.”

Now that the Steelers have lost starting center Maurkice Pouncey for the season due to a serious knee injury suffered early in the Sunday loss to the Tennessee Titans, one would think that Wallace will now be the one to take over moving forward instead of second-year offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum.

While Beachum should certainly be commended for his efforts over the ball against the Titans in relief of Pouncey, you could definitely tell that it is not his natural position. While Beachum is currently a jack of all trades along the offensive line, he is a master of none of them right now. Is that his fault? Absolutely not, as I fully expect he will only get better at multiple positions over time. Time, however, is something the Steelers don’t have right now when it comes to the SMU product needing to develop more over the ball.

When the Steelers take the field next Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, they will face a defensive line that is full of known commodities, and that includes Geno Atkins and Domata Peko. Expecting Beachum to handle either is unfair and a losing proposition, and thus the reason why Tomlin will have no choice but to find out just how much of a known commodity he has in Wallace, a former three-year college starter at center.

  • SteelersDepot

    Former Titans C/G Fernando Velasco agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Steelers, source said.

  • steeltown

    Depth purposes, practice squad bound?

  • Mkeller

    That has to be a better option than Wallace. At least he was a 16 game starter last year.
    Man this is depressing.

  • steeltown

    If he’s better than Wallace why didn’t they sign him initially, instead of Wallace

  • steeltown

    Aha.. just saw the Titans just released him last week

  • Soliciting Steelers

    I like that signing, ex-starter, 16 game participant last yr….good move! Too bad we couldn’t sign him last week so he could have told us some secrets, we sure as heck couldda used them!

  • RedCarpetDefense

    How awful does the Landry Jones pick in the 4th rd look now? Not saying they shouldn’t have drafted him (well, the jury is still out on that one actually) but there were other positions on the board with draftable players for depth at need for the Steelers. If you look at the 4th rd of 2013 its possible they could’ve landed a Barrett Jones(S. Thomas) and then a couple spots later Shamarko Thomas(L. Jones).

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Landry Jones pick still doesn’t look awful to me. He was a steal at the point we picked him.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    I do like my proposed scenario better. I’m still wondering why Colbert never called me for my input during the draft. Oh well maybe next year, lol.

  • Tom

    I agree that Landry Jones was a wasted pick. Not necessarily because of his talents, but because there is little to no chance he will ever be a starter in Pittsburgh. (Ben’s not going to retire anytime soon) If he shows developmental progress, he gets traded or leaves after his first contract is up. If he does not show progress, he gets cut before the contract is up. So, basically for the present he offers no more than JPW would have.
    Given the many “needs” on this team, I don’t believe they had the luxury of drafting an unneeded developmental QB.

  • Tom

    Best Steeler news I have heard all week.