Steelers make change on O-line

Steelers make change on O-line
October 9, 2013, 10:00 am
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Will it help the Steelers’ moribund running game and leaky pass protection? Kelvin Beachum has been named the starter at left tackle, replacing Mike Adams, the club announced on Tuesday. Adams has gone from No. 1 to third team.

Meanwhile, Levi Brown, acquired in a trade from the Cardinals last week, will be trying to acclimate himself to the Steelers’ scheme. Brown presumably will end up starting at left tackle when he’s ready. Even though he was picked up by Pittsburgh last week, the Steelers couldn’t hold any practices during the bye week per the collective bargaining agreement, so Brown is starting from scratch as far as practice-field work goes.

“He is still working to establish a role, still working to make him familiar with our football,” coach Mike Tomlin said (via Steelers.com). “We just had one day of on-the-field work. His presence is needed and valued. He is a battle-tested guy.  We’ll continue to look at those two [Beachum and Brown] as we prepare and push forward toward the weekend.”

Beachum, a second-year offensive lineman, was taken in the seventh round of last year’s draft from SMU and was listed as a guard. His elevation to starting left tackle could be complicated by the status of left guard Ramon Foster, who is dealing with a pectoral strain. Should Foster not be able to go on Sunday against the Jets, Beachum could be inserted at guard instead, ESPN.com reported.

The other possibility at guard is eight-year veteran Guy Whimper. Which is fitting, isn’t it, given the Steelers’ O-line problems? Whimper would be the sound Pittsburgh fans make each time Ben Roethlisberger gets nailed while in the pocket.