Steelers Depth Chart: Guy Whimper likely will take over right tackle with Mike Adams out
By Neal Coolong on Jun 2 2013
Whimper was signed to provide depth at tackle, and he played on the right side with the Jaguars in 2012. Second-year OL Kelvin Beachum replaced Adams last season over the last six games of the year, but he was moved inside, where he'll likely stay, considering Adams is expected to recover fully.
Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams is expected to make a full recovery after being stabbed by alleged robbers Saturday in Pittsburgh. He is said to be out 6-8 weeks, but will be healthy for training camp in late July.
In the meantime, the Steelers have one more OTAs session starting June 3 in Pittsburgh, and a full team minicamp June 11-13. Second-year OT Kelvin Beachum, who replaced Adams over the last six games in the 2012 season, and newly signed OT Guy Whimper, will likely take reps at right tackle in Adams' absence.
Beachum had been taking reps at center in the Steelers' first two OTA sessions, and had worked at guard earlier in the offseason. His versatility is valuable, but they will likely keep Beachum working to learn the guard positions and center unless Adams' injury is more serious than initial reports suggest.
It's an opportunity to truly learn to be a Steelers offensive linemen - replace someone due to injury. It's been the least stable position unit in the NFL over the last few seasons, and while incidents like Adams this weekend cannot be anticipated, the Steelers signed a veteran tackle for this exact scenario.
Whimper did not excel in Jacksonville, to put it mildly, but they did not run an outside zone scheme, as the Steelers are expected to do this season.