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Willie Colon Talks About Moving To Left Guard

PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Pittsburgh Steelers offensive linemen Willie Colon joined The Fan Morning Show Friday.

He discusses his move from left tackle to left guard.

Colon says he welcomes the move and that the upcoming OTAs will be important in helping him with the switch.

You can listen to the full interview here:

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Report: Trai Essex To Compete At Left Tackle With Mike Adams & Jonathan Scott

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Some more news concerning the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line today as Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports via Twitter that veteran offensive lineman Trai Essex will get a shot to compete for the left tackle position against rookie second round draft pick Mike Adams and veteran Jonathan Scott.

Essex, who was re-signed prior to the draft, has played all five positions on the offensive line since being drafted by the Steelers in the 3rd round of the 2005 NFL draft. Essex was an unrestricted free agent heading into this offseason.

This announcement pretty much backs up the Read more […]

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Marcus Gilbert to stay at Right Tackle and Mike Adams gets first shot at Left Tackle

Ed Bouchette is reporting that Marcus Gilbert will remain on the right side where he belongs.  That means rookie OT Mike Adams will be placed on the left side.  The Steelers told Willie Colon he was moving to left guard with full intentions of making Adams the Left Tackle.
This makes the most sense.  Gilbert is a better right tackle then he is a left.  Adams is built to play left tackle.  This team will be better for this.  They have all preseason and training camp to get ready to play together.  This group may spend more time on the field then usual in the preseason just to get some chemistry.
So your Steelers starting offensive line going into training camp is:

LT- Mike Adams
LG- Willie Colon
C- Maurkice Pouncey
RG- David DeCastro
RT- Marcus Gilbert

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Willie Colon moving to left guard

Willie Colon restructured his deal to remain with the Steelers, but that’s not the only move he’s making this offseason. Colon said Wednesday that he is now playing left guard for Pittsburgh. He looked like the presumptive favorite to start at right tackle, but Colon’s size has long made him a candidate to kick inside.…

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Bouchette: Adams Will Start Season at Left Tackle

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Ed Bouchette confirmed today that the Steelers are planning on newly drafted Mike Adams being the Steelers left tackle as they enter the 2012 season.

Rookie Mike Adams will go to left tackle and Marcus Gilbert will stay at right tackle, a source close to the situation told me today.

At least that’s the plan going into training camp. That obviously could change if Adams cannot handle the job but the coaching staff believes he can and quickly made that decision right after they drafted him.

It’s why they put the phone call into Willie Colon so quickly to inform him of his move to left guard.

So, as long as things work out, the Steelers offensive line will look like this:

LT Mike Adams, LG Willie Colon, C Maurkice Pouncey, RG David DeCastro, RT Marcus Gilbert.
Possible backups: T Jonathan Scott, G/T Trai Essex, G/C Doug Legursky, G Ramon Foster.

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Talkin’ More Offensive Line: Willie Colon’s Move to Left Guard Opens Up Tackle Competition


Wednesday’s announcement that OT Willie Colon is now LG Willie Colon creates competition for the Steelers‘ right tackle position. It could even influence the left tackle position.

What it ultimately does, though, is completely transform the Steelers offensive line, which is probably overdue at this point.

The Game of Musical Linemen Continues

The Steelers led the NFL in offensive line combinations last season (I saw there were 22 variations of five linemen, both starting and in-game replacements), and 2012 will add a 23rd different group.

The team informed Marcus Gilbert he’ll play left tackle this season, and told Colon he’ll play left guard. C Maurkice Pouncey will stay where he is, and rookie David DeCastro will play right guard. That leaves Jonathan Scott and rookie Mike Adams vying for right tackle.

Or does it?

It wouldn’t be a Steelers offensive line without some speculation. Granted, the Steelers made the determination on Gilbert before the draft or free agency, suggesting they were pretty much convinced that was the direction they want to go in. But with nearly a full year of experience on the right side, the argument could be made having a veteran next to him it would help transition DeCastro to the NFL.

In that case, why not put Scott there?

If I were a betting man, I’d say Scott will open training camp at right tackle. Bets are off after that. I don’t feel comfortable with making any bolder a prediction, but it seems too rosy to me to suggest the right tackle job is Adams’ to lose right now. It was obvious to anyone watching Pouncey was a better player than Justin Hartwig, but it was still the veteran’s job when the first preseason game rolled around.

I don’t see the sense in just giving a rookie a job, even if the veteran is not exactly a world-beater. Then again, I (like most of everyone else) already penciled DeCastro in at right guard.

What about Max Starks?

What about him? We’ve speculated often about RB Rashard Mendenhall not making it back in time for training camp and probably not for the beginning part of the season. NT Casey Hampton as well. Starks falls between the two of them in terms of weight and age, and has the same injury. Certainly, less likely things have happened, but the difference is Hampton and Mendenhall are currently under contract. The Steelers don’t have a ton of cap room, and cutting Scott doesn’t save them any. Bringing Starks in to back up both tackle positions seems unlikely, at least for the earlier part of the year.

If Scott shows he’s unable to handle a starting job, should he be thrust into one at some point, or has a poor training camp, then it’s a different story. For now, the better option is to let Starks rehab and let Scott and Adams duke it out on their own.

They’ll have Starks’ number handy though, just in case.

Have we forgotten Colon’s injury history?

If Colon has another set-back, it appears the job would be Doug Legursky’s to lose. He won over offensive line coach Sean Kugler last season, and had earned time when Chris Kemoeatu was both injured and a healthy scratch.

Obviously, we’re pulling for Colon, but we pulled for him last year, too. Injuries happen, and you don’t really want to see anyone get hurt (I don’t, at least, and judging from the comments yesterday, many won’t agree with me). But that’s the big X-factor here. All of this is for naught if something else happens to him.

Going into OTAs, though, the spotlight will be on Colon and his long-whispered move to the inside.

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

Steelers inform Colon he’s switching to left guard

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Reading Between The Steelers Lines Post Willie Colon Move To Left Guard

The long awaited move, at least by me, of Willie Colon to left guard is now complete. While it is never good to speak in absolutes, I can almost guarantee you that the interior of the offensive line left to right will now be Colon, Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro baring any injuries. I know Mike Tomlin will likely say that DeCastro hasn’t been given anything yet, but let’s be honest, DeCastro is NFL ready right now and is your week one starter at right guard, the position he played at Stanford. (Man it still feels good typing that out.)

With the interior of the line now set, there goes the Read more […]

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Willie Colon will be the Steelers starting Left Guard


It’s been confirmed by Ed Bouchette that Willie Colon will be moving from right tackle to left guard, in an article which you can read in its entirety here, which means both Steelers rookies David DeCastro and Mike Adams will have a chance to start early.

“The move from his spot at right tackle, paves the way for their top two draft choices to start immediately. David DeCastro will be put at right guard and Mike Adams at left tackle. Marcus Gilbert, who started at right tackle last year as a rookie after Colon was injured in the opener, was scheduled to move to left tackle but likely will stay at right tackle now.”

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

Willie Colon Moving from Right Tackle to Left Guard


Mike Prisuta reported Wednesday afternoon Steelers OL Willie Colon will move from right tackle to left guard, a move often discussed throughout Colon’s tenure with the team.

A report indicates the Steelers notified Colon of their intentions to move him to the left guard position after the draft, when they selected Stanford OG David DeCastro in the first round.

This strongly indicates DeCastro will remain at right guard, the position he played in college.

Colon was one of the better right tackles in football before an Achilles injury and subsequent triceps injury ended his 2010 and 2011 seasons, respectively. He’s been around the game long enough to make one feel he’d be at least able to perform on a comparable level at guard as he did with tackle, provided he can get the terminology down (something no pro should struggle with).

The story now will be around who the right tackle will be; rookie Mike Adams or veteran Jonathan Scott.

Some have raised umbrage with the idea of Scott playing for the Steelers in any capacity (even some not named John Stephens), and with second-year OT Marcus Gilbert being told he would move to left tackle in 2012, it would appear Scott and Adams are now set to do battle for what will be the most talked about positional competition in training camp.

It’s very possible Scott takes the position early on account of his experience but is eventually replaced by the highly touted rookie.

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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