Mike Tomlin On Steelers Backup G Chris Hubbard: ‘He’s Bigger, Stronger, Faster’

Pittsburgh Steelers second-year guard Chris Hubbard was perhaps the biggest surprise on the final 53 man roster this year after the final cuts were made on Saturday and during his Tuesday press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin was asked to talk about how the former undrafted free agent has developed after spending his entire rookie season on the practice squad.

“He’s grown in all areas and that’s what the practice squad is about,” said Tomlin of Hubbard. “He’s gotten better in his knowledge of the game. He’s gotten better in his fundamentals and techniques. Obviously, he’s improved his body or his physical makeup in the weight room. He’s bigger, stronger, faster.”

During the preseason, Hubbard played 147 snaps and all but one came at left guard. His lone snap out of position came during the preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers when he was used as an end-of-the-line tight end on the failed fourth down run by running back LeGarrette Blount.

Hubbard, who reportedly weighed in at 286 pounds at one his 2013 Pro Days, is noticeably bigger this season and now more than likely weighs more than 300 pounds.

Assuming backup center Cody Wallace is fully recovered from the finger injury that he suffered during the preseason, Hubbard might very find himself inactive, along with rookie offensive lineman Wesley Johnson, for the Sunday regular season opener at Heinz Field against the Cleveland Browns. If, however, the Steelers choose to dress eight offensive linemen for that game, Hubbard would likely be the eighth to get a helmet.

For now, it looks like the team will continue to try to develop Hubbard to become the heir apparent to current starting left guard Ramon Foster, who like Hubbard, also broke into the league as an undrafted free agent.

In case you missed it, our very own Alex Kozora broke down the play of Hubbard in the preseason finale against the Panthers.

  • Matt Manzo

    If he and WJ are inactives, are Adams and Wallce the only backups?

  • Tiger Jimmy

    New reader of this excellent site, gentlemen:

    Would Dave, Alex, Matthew or additional unnamed member predict Steelers season record? I’d love to gauge your thoughts, thanks.

  • steeltown

    Yep… we historically carry 7OL on a game day roster

  • treeher

    There have been many predictions. I’d guess that the consensus prediction is 10-6. That will require the team to make a fast start. If the fast start doesn’t happen, we are at risk of another 8-8 season.

  • srdan

    hehehe, welcome to your new addiction

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Welcome, Tiger Jimmy-

    The Steelers have what projects to be a fairly easy schedule this year. And the games they do play on the road are fairly short distances to travel.

    The Ravens look to be about as good as last year (not much better IMO) and the Browns are going with a new offense and possibly a rookie QB. Those four games seem to fall in our favor or at least aren’t any harder this year. The Bengals are better IMO and those two games will be tough.

    Playing the Colts, Saints, Chiefs in Pittsburgh is a HUGE advantage, as their home stadiums greatly enhance their ability to win.

    These are the main reasons I project the Steelers to go 10-6. Winning the division in a tie breaker with the Bengals.

    We have a lot of young players on defense and a very weak secondary. So we are probably going to give up a lot more points this year. But if Ben plays all 16 games (like he did last year) I expect us to score a lot of points to make up the difference. That’s my prediction.

  • And they obviously continue to place their faith and trust in Adams, much to the chagrin of many. Because if one of the starting Ts goes down… uh-oh.

  • steeltown

    It’s the LT position that im most concerned with, we’ve seen Adams capable of playing RT and Ramon Foster has also played RT in yrs past

  • John Hinton

    I’m guessing Munchak had a hand in keeping Adams over Whimper.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’m sure Munchak had a hand in that. He’s a HOF lineman so i’d trust his evaluation on Whimper. As for Adams i will be interested to see how he works during the season. It make take a season with Munchak for him to improve time will tell.

  • IckyD

    Don’t get too caught up in hearing a couple tv guys bad-mouthing Adams; he has all the ingredients to be a great player and is improving.

  • IckyD

    Adams will get it eventually. He is still under 25! As long as he really wants it he’ll be a player imho.

  • srdan

    You got a third of your wish today

  • Labrat0116

    Sorry, I disagree that Adams will eventually “get it”. He’s had (2) years to learn and get his game on and he’s shown very little improvement. He’s a BUST! Time to cut our losses and move on from him !

  • Labrat0116

    No he doesn’t possess all the ingredients. All has is his SIZE. Mike Adams is SLOW, not a great athlete, he lacks the intellectual aptitude to learn and apply football knowledge to the field, and most importantly, he is NOT a WARRIOR (heart)! I’ll take a Tackle with the heart of HINES WARD (true football warrior) over a player like Adams that simply has the physical gifts. Like I said above, Mike Adams is a BUST and it’ high time the Steeler’s accept their losses and cut him!