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Steelers End Of Season Player Exit Meetings – T Kelvin Beachum


By Matthew Marczi

End-of-season player exit meetings are not something that we are often privy to as outsiders of the football world. Generally, we only get a glimpse into that world when a player is asked by a reporter how the meeting went, if the player is willing to discuss it.

Still, it’s not generally a hard concept to grasp, and we have a pretty good feel by now of how Mike Tomlin and his staff likes to operate, and we see all the game film, so it’s not an overly difficult project to simulate. If we were to administer the end-of-season player exit meetings, it might go something like this.

Player: Kelvin Beachum

Position: Left Tackle

Experience: 2 Years

There’s no doubt in my mind that as disappointing the development of Mike Adams was in 2013, the progress of Kelvin Beachum was encouraging to that same extent. No reasonable person truly believed that Beachum could be in a position to call himself a starting left tackle by the end of the year.

And that was a year in which he began as a tight end before quickly being forced to move over to center in the season opener when Maurkice Pouncey went down. With the newly acquired Cody Wallace not dressed, Beachum, who’d never played center in a meaningful game before, was the next man up.

While he did a respectable job, both at center and tight end—and later in the season even at guard when injuries really started to mount—the story of Beachum’s season will not be about his position flexibility for a change.

Instead, it will be about how he took over the left tackle position just five games into the season after Adams struggled and didn’t let it go, even after missing one start late in the year and Adams not looking terrible.

Like Adams, Beachum had his struggles when first taking over the left tackle position, as he averaged about a sack per start for the first five weeks. He settled down as the season progressed and the Steelers used more no huddle and rhythmic passing, and he only gave up one sack in his last six games.

While the changes in offensive philosophy did much to help the entire offensive line in their pass protection, it was clear that Beachum’s progression went beyond simply having less time to mess up. His coordination improved, his footwork became more decisive and confident, and he built on each performance.

That same cannot be said for his run-blocking ability, on the other hand, which is still by and large ‘below the line’, and I honestly can’t say I’m overly confident that we will see much improvement in that aspect of his game. But when it comes to left tackle, pass protection must be valued over other concerns.

Despite having an awkward body type and a disarmingly non-threatening demeanor, Beachum is a player with a chip on his shoulder and the drive and dedication it takes to succeed. He’s been on a steady upward trajectory since he was drafted and has already surpassed any realistic organizational expectations. Can he prove that he can be a reliable starting left tackle? The back half of the 2013 season was a good start, but the real test begins this year.

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  • Callentown

    Another area where Munch can evaluate and hopefully make the best decision going forward. As much as I hate when teams pick offensive linemen in the first round, LT is a different story.

  • steeltown

    Still a lot of gray area regarding the Tackle position. I could see them drafting an OT with the newly acquired Munchak, maybe not in the first Rd but at some point. For the time being I think Gilbert and Adams will battle it out at RT, the loser providing depth on both sides

  • Douglas Andrews

    It would be nice if Beachum takes the next step in improving his run blocking. Steelers have an interesting problem here Beach not an impressive run blocker but solid in pass protection and Adams who is solid in run blocking but needs a lot work as a LT. I’d like to see Adams make the necessary steps to take the LT spot but i’m not counting out Beach improving his run blocking. Overall our line is looking like an an area of strength believe it or not.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    If they value Velasco and Wallace, and the practice squad guys, it may be evident before the draft. I personally hope they can sign them cheap. Then they may only draft a very late rounder and pray that Munchack can assist in picking out a “gem” in the draft.

    I also hope that Munch can help Beach become at least a capable blocker. I get a sneaking felling that Adams will work his butt off in the off season and take the RT starter position away from Gilbert, resulting in much better run blocking. Just a hunch on my part, after the unfortunate off season last year.

    We shall see.

  • Ken

    The best news we have is the improved line play over the last half of the season and plus bringing in Munch, I believe the Steelers will make the playoffs next season for no other reason than a big improvement in this group from beginning of last year to the start of next year. And though I feel Pouncy is overrated he will be an improved over what we had all year.

  • Ken

    I think Adams could be a pro bowl “guard” in this league… If he would accept that role. He doesn’t move well enough on the outside, but he is the best run blocking lineman on this team bar none…

  • Shawn Winbush

    Decastro is the best run blocking lineman..not even close. he will prove that this year.He will be a Pro Bowler.

  • Ken

    I agree Decastro is on the rise and will probably be our best lineman next year. Especially as a pulling guard. I have just seen Adam destroy people like none of our other lineman have even Decastro. I should have said Adams is the best run blocking lineman when he wants to be.

  • Shawn Winbush

    it doesn’t matter bro! if Adams can get back to his rookis season at RT,where he was really improving. I would happy as heck! him and Decastro together on the right side,being coached by Munchak.wow,the possibilities!

  • disqus_wdLdx4W76r

    A pleasant surprise..if Adams can improve like Kelvin ..they have a chance to be really good on the ends..we need that nasty back on the OLine.Gilbert is the weak link and they gota teach DeCastro that they ware gold pants for a reason..SO THEY CAN SEE UM BEFORE he goes hunting for knees

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