Trai Essex held down a roster spot, and a lifeline to the NFL, with his ability to be the 6th offensive lineman. But that took time, as Essex was drafted as a tackle in 2009, only moving to guard full time in 2009, and didn’t see action at center until 2011.
- Steelers 2012 7th round draft pick Kelvin Beachum is threatening to do it all in just his sophomore season.
During training camp Beachum has practiced at all five offensive line positions. And while that versatility is golden as the Steelers depth at offensive line remains precarious, Mike Tomlin is not ruling out giving Beachum a shot at starting at either right or left tackle.
As the Steelers head into their third preseason game vs. the Kansas City Cheifs, if nothing else Tomlin’s words should serve as a wake up call to incumbent starters Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams.
Bell’s Injury Less Severe than Feared
The Steelers got some good news on the injury front, as reports that 2nd round pick Le’veon Bell’s foot injury is less severe than feared. Bell has sprained ligaments in his foot, including apparently the lisfranc ligaments, but he is progressing rapidly and will not need surgery.
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