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Pittsburgh Steelers Minicamp: Trai Essex Starts at Right Tackle, Marcus Gilbert at Left Tackle

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One day down, one offensive line permutation in place.

Affixed with a heavily emphasized "subject to change" tag, veteran Trai Essex opened the Steelers' minicamp at right tackle, with Marcus Gilbert opening at left tackle. It's highly likely at some point over the next two days rookie Mike Adams will get reps with the first time at either or both tackle positions.

But for now, he'll fight his way up to that position.

Post-Gazette reporter Gerry Dulac quoted Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin as saying, "We're going to do things to put them in situations to see how they respond. I wouldn't read into it, particularly football in shorts. We're going to put them in situations against good people just for exposure and learn more about them. That's down the line when you start reading into what group they're taking snaps with. That's going to be more of a Latrobe type of thing."

Maurkice Pouncey (center), Willie Colon (left guard) and Ramon Foster (right guard) rounded out the Football-in-Shorts First-Team offensive line, meaning rookie David DeCastro joined Adams in watching the first team work.

It's a certainty DeCastro will assume the right guard position at some point very soon, and will likely remain there through Week 1 and probably for the next 12 years.

That shouldn't downplay the roles of Essex or Foster this year. The fact they are in those first team positions (whether or not fully clothed) shows they opened a step ahead of OT Jonathan Scott and OG Doug Legursky, respectfully.

If the Steelers had the depth it now has at offensive line, they may have been able to win a few more games the last few seasons.

Considering they've been to the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, and have won two AFC championships and a Super Bowl, it's a pretty good thing.




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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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Mike Adams needs to start as to not impede Marcus Gilbert’s development

The Steelers drafted Marcus Gilbert last season to possibly be the future left tackle of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  When the season started Gilbert was second string behind Jonathan Scott.  The Steelers went with the veteran at Left Tackle.  Gilbert was expected to be the swing tackle behind Scott and Colon.
Then Willie Colon went down with a season ending injury in game one against the Ravens.  It forced Gilbert into the lineup to play Right Tackle.  He played the entire season at Right Tackle and did not do a bad job.  As the season went along Gilbert progressed and became a good right tackle.  He seemed suited for the position.
Coming into the offseason though, the Steelers let Gilbert know that he should prepare to play Left Tackle next season.  Willie Colon can not play the left side and god knows the Steelers will never put Jonathan Scott there ever again unless they have to.  So Gilbert had to shift to that side.  He played the position in college and is the best option we hav...

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Mike Adams needs to start as to not impede Marcus Gilbert’s development

The Steelers drafted Marcus Gilbert last season to possibly be the future left tackle of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  When the season started Gilbert was second string behind Jonathan Scott.  The Steelers went with the veteran at Left Tackle.  Gilbert was expected to be the swing tackle behind Scott and Colon.
Then Willie Colon went down with a season ending injury in game one against the Ravens.  It forced Gilbert into the lineup to play Right Tackle.  He played the entire season at Right Tackle and did not do a bad job.  As the season went along Gilbert progressed and became a good right tackle.  He seemed suited for the position.
Coming into the offseason though, the Steelers let Gilbert know that he should prepare to play Left Tackle next season.  Willie Colon can not play the left side and god knows the Steelers will never put Jonathan Scott there ever again unless they have to.  So Gilbert had to shift to that side.  He played the position in college and is the best option we hav...

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Marcus Gilbert almost fully healthy from shoulder surgery

Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert has almost recovered fully from surgery.  Gilbert had surgery on his should after the season ended.  Gilbert tweeted that was almost back to full speed.  That is good to hear.  Gilbert still has plenty of time to recover but the fact that he is almost back is great news.
Gilbert may have a more important role this season.  As a rookie he started 13 games at right tackle.  This season he may take over as the Left Tackle protecting Ben Roethlisberger’s blind side.  This is the position that Gilbert played in Florida.  Willie Colon will be back in his role at right tackle which is what will cause the move of Gilbert over to the left side.
Gilbert had a pretty good year for a rookie second round pick forced into the starting line up.  Guys who are great players in the NFL on the offensive line struggled in their first season.  Gilbert is already ahead of the curve.  He will have to work to be ready for the left side but he can handle it.

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Marcus Gilbert Nearly Back To 100% Following Shoulder Surgery


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Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert reported Tuesday evening on Twitter that his surgically repaired shoulder is almost back to 100%. In his tweet Gilbert said specifically, "Great field work today! Almost back to full speed with my shoulder! Couple of more weeks" Gilbert had surgery on what is believed to be his right shoulder on January 25th, which is nearly two months ago.

Great field work today! Almost back to full speed with my shoulder! Couple of more weeks— Marcus Gilbert (@MarcusGilbert88) March 20, 2012

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Steelers will move Marcus Gilbert to left tackle

The Steelers have a lot of questions on the offensive line. But they hope they already have their left tackle of the present and future on the roster. Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert told 93.7 the Fan in Pittsburgh that the team will move Marcus Gilbert from right tackle to left tackle next season. That’s not…

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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Confirms Marcus Gilbert Will Likely Move To Left Tackle

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Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert said back in mid January that he was told during his exit interviews with the coaches that he should prepare to move from right to left tackle next season and GM Kevin Colbert confirmed that move as a strong possibility this afternoon during his interview on 93.7 The Fan. When asked about the likelihood of Gilbert moving over to the left, Colbert replied, "Yeah, I think going into it right now and knowing that Max Starks is an unrestricted free agent, and Max did a great job for us coming back last year, but Max is also rehabbing an ACL. Only time will Read more [...]

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Sean Kugler Talks Open OC Job, Marcus Gilbert, Maurkice Pouncey, Draft Process & More

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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler was on with 93.7 The Fan this morning to talk about Bruce Arians and the interest he has, or lack there of, in the open offensive coordinator position. He also talked about what quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner brings to the table should he get promoted to the position. Kugler also addressed the Marcus Gilbert to left tackle in 2012 speculation as well as the health and progress that Maurkice Pouncey has had in the league thus far. Kugler also gave a breakdown of the draft process from the Senior Bowl on, as it relates to position coaches like Read more [...]

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