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


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.

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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Peaking at the right time a key

The Steelers had the number one ranked passing defense during the regular season last year, but all year long players preached that it didn’t matter where they were ranked throughout the season. Wh…

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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 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.

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Rookies get right to work

Steelers’ rookies got their first taste of the NFL on Friday when the team began their rookie mini-camp. “It feels good,” said running back Chris Rainey. “It’s still a dream come true. It feels lik…

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Video: Steelers Immaculate Reception Documentary: Right Place Right Time

I have received a few emails from readers asking if I have seen the latest documentary video about the Immaculate Reception, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary this coming December, so I thought I would pass it along to the rest of you in case you have not seen it. The name of the documentary is “Immaculate Reception: Right Place, Right Time.” It is just under 6 minutes long and includes interviews with Franco Harris, Guy Junker and Bob Dvorchak among a few others that were at Three Rivers Stadium for the legendary AFC divisional playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Read more […]

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Ward Does it Right; Announces He’s Retiring as a Steeler

A move that probably was the right thing in the long run, Hines Ward today announced he is retiring from the NFL.

“I am truly blessed. I have accomplished all I have set out for and more,” Ward said.

“There’s only one thing I love more than the game and that’s Steeler Nation,” Ward said, as tears came to his eyes. “It is truly amazing.

“You guys mean the world to me. This city and this organization mean the world to me. Today I came back to Pittsburgh to grant Steelers Nation one last request, so today I am officially retiring as a Pittsburgh Steeler.”

“I don’t want to play in any other uniform. Black and gold runs deep in me, and I will remain a Steeler for life.”

Ward was scheduled to make $ 4 million in 2012. He was released by the Steelers earlier this offseason after a lot of back and forth about playing and wanting to stay with the Steelers.

The 14-year veteran receiver is coming off a season in which he finished with 46 receptions for 381 yards and two touchdowns, the lowest totals in each category since he was a rookie in 1998.

The 36-year-old Ward became the eighth player in league history to reach 1,000 career receptions in the regular-season finale against Cleveland. He and Jerry Rice are the only players in league history to reach 1,000 receptions and win multiple Super Bowls.

Ward’s role within the offense went downhill in hurry as Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders passed him on the depth chart and Mike Wallace became a Pro Bowler.

It’s a tough move for Ward, but the right move, and instead of forcing his way onto another roster, he did it the right way by saying good-bye as a Steeler.

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San Francisco Making the Right Gamble with QB Peyton Manning

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The San Francisco 49ers were just a few plays away from Super Bowl XLVI.

Despite having a solid season, QB Alex Smith was unable to make those plays. It’s not as if the team didn’t believe he could, after the former No. 1 overall pick had the best season of his career.

They showed they didn’t believe in him when they allowed him to play into the final year of his contract. They showed it even more when they drafted Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback from Nevada, in the second round of the 2011 Draft.

And they’re showing it now, balking at extensions for Smith, and pursuing the top free agent prize, QB Peyton Manning.

It’s not a bad idea, either.

To blame Smith for San Francisco’s NFC Championship game loss is a bit misguided (put it on a fluky return game). If they had won, he wouldn’t rightly have deserved the credit either. That pretty much summarizes Smith, even at his best. Not the reason they lose, but not so much the reason they win, either.

San Francisco has the best coached defense in the league, and multiple players among the best at their defensive positions. This team will win a lot of games next season with how good their defense is.

But what it needs is a bit more offensive firepower. WR Michael Crabtree is poised to become a high-end producer, and if WR Randy Moss is legitimately back to his 4.3 self, and a strong-armed quarterback slinging the rock down the field, their offense becomes at least solid.

Putting a solid offense behind an elite defense usually fares well for teams in the NFL.

Manning is re-living his college recruiting days, having narrowed down his choice of employers to three – Denver, Tennessee and San Francisco.

All three are tempting options. He’s got another great defense in Denver, and Tennessee is literally offering him partial ownership in the team upon his retirement. San Francisco is clearly the Win Now option, and with that, the largest obstacle he’d have to face.

Manning is a control freak. So is head coach Jim Harbaugh. Manning runs his own offense. Harbaugh took San Francisco from an also-ran to a dominant force in his first season. It’s pretty likely both men feel their way works.

If it meshes together, they’re looking at a 13 win season, at worst.

San Francisco, at the very least, appears to be doing more than just their due diligence on Manning. They have not yet given Smith an extension, and after Smith’s reported 5.5 hour long meeting with Miami Sunday, at least appear to be in a position to lose out on a starting quarterback, and would be forced to turn to Kaepernick next year.

Does that mean they’re going all-in after Manning? If they did, and Smith walks, a year or two with Manning under center, priming the stage for Kaepernick’s eventual ascent to the position makes a lot of sense. They had to have at least considered the 2011 season as the likely end of the Smith Regime in the Bay Area, otherwise, Smith would have an extension, and it’s unlikely they would have spent such a high draft pick on a quarterback.

If Manning is healthy, though, he couldn’t have been released at a better time for the 49ers. If he wants to win, he’ll sign with San Francisco. If he wants to control everything (literally), he’ll go to Tennessee. If he wants to get paid the most, Denver’s probably the best option.

Which one will it be? Who knows?

I can’t link this story because I have no clue where I read it, but I remember a feature on Manning from a long time ago. The piece of the story was focusing on Manning’s decision of which college he’d choose. His mom said he came into his parents room very early in the morning, told them he was up all night thinking about it, and decided to choose Tennessee. It wasn’t the decision, the writer noted, it’s the fact he deliberated for so long and with such intensity.

Tennessee was somewhat of a surprise, considering his father’s star power at Ole Miss (where his brother Eli eventually attended). The point was Peyton makes his own mind, and he doesn’t lead on to his intentions.

Anyone’s guess is as good as anyone else’s, but I think he’ll go to San Francisco.

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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Gilbert Going From Right to Left Tackle in 2012 Says Colbert

The Steelers offensive line is going to be very different in 2012, as today GM Kevin Gilbert told 93.7 The FAN that the team will be shifting right tackle Marcus Gilbert to left tackle.

“I think going into right now 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 and only time will tell how quickly he heals and whether we’re able to re-sign him and add him back in the mix. But having done it (injuring his knee) in the playoff game, it won’t be early in the process.

“So I think if we were to line up today, I would imagine that, and ultimately it’s the coach’s decision, but my guess is Marcus Gilbert would kick over to the left and Willie Colon, who we’re fortunate to get back next year, would move up to the right.”

Gilbert had some good, and some not so good moments in 2011. He was a second-round pick (63rd overall) out of Florida last season, and while he started 13 games, late in the year he was sat by Mike Tomlin for the start of the Rams game for not having a good week in practice. He did end up starting 13 of 14 games as a rookie in place of Colon, who was placed on injured reserve with a torn triceps.

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Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall Has Had ACL Surgery On Right Knee

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Ed Bouchette reported today on 93.7 The Fan that Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall has had his surgery now on the torn ACL in his right knee. Mendenhall injured the knee on the final play of the first quarter in the week 17 game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland on a 5 yard run to the right side.

Reportedly they were waiting on the swelling to go down on the knee before Mendenhall had his surgery, as expected. The hope is that Mendenhall will be ready for action when the Steelers report to Latrobe for their 2012 training camp. The injury can however take up to 9 months Read more […]

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