With Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum back practicing fully on Wednesday, there’s a good chance he’ll be back as the starting left tackle Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals and that means Mike Adams will likely return to the sidelines.
While Adams seemed to hold his own Sunday in the snowy loss to the Miami Dolphins, I think this is right move, assuming of course that Beachum is fully healthy.
Since taking over as the starter at left tackle following the loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Beachum has allowed five sacks, four hits and 16 hurries. While that only equates to a 94 pass blocking efficiency number using the Pro Football Focus formula, Beachum’s last four starts produced even better numbers.
Dating back to the game against the Buffalo Bills, Beachum has allowed just one sack, one hit and three hurries in a 159 pass blocking opportunities. That equates to an outstanding 97.5 pass blocking efficiency number.
While they are still mathematically alive, the Steelers need to start the players that give them the best chance at winning and that means playing Beachum over Adams. He has done nothing to lose his job.