Trai Essex is leading the way at LT for now. But Adams will eventually step in. Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Steelers DeCastro & Adams Off To Slow Start, No Need To Panic

We’ve been saying over here in not so many words that rookies David DeCastro and Mike Adams will be the saving grace for the Steelers’ offensive line…. like right away.  There’s not enough Heinz 57 for me to lather up my hat for consumption if this isn’t the case.  From early reports at OTA’s and mini camps, Adams was becoming a fast learner. DeCastro, being the first rounder, has been placed on a rather high pedestal of expectations.  But, according to Chris Adamski of, either one has yet to become a ‘done deal’ as the new starters at guard and tackle.

DeCastro has been seen beaten during blocking drills – and not by Troy Polamalu either, but by third year Al Woods.  Of course coming in as a rookie is a tough spot to be in.  The NFL is a completely different level of intensity and skill.  It will take time to adjust and DeCastro recognizes that he has a lot of work to do.  And let’s not forget that it’s only the end of the first full week of camp.  There’s a long road ahead.  The same goes for Adams.  Trai Essex has been leading the way at left tackle with Adams following.  Max Starks, though listed on the PUP is around to act as mentor for the first year man out of Ohio State.

There’s plenty of time for these two young men to keep learning, refining those skills, and eventually step into starting rolls by the beginning of the season.  As one of our readers so strongly put, Steelers’ offensive line coach Sean Kugler is a fantastic coach, and will be great in grooming all of these players to gel together as a cohesive offensive line.  I still see some great strides taken by this line over the coming season.  The offense will be more effective overall for it, and Big Ben will be a happier little camper with his head in the clouds and not 3 inches deep in the turf.

Hey, not every rookie the Steelers draft can be a Maurkice Pouncey.  And even he had some growing pains over his first year.  Panic not Steeler Nation – you can still trade in that Wallace jersey for a DeCastro #66.

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  • Jesse Murray

    Huge issue with listing 1 v 1 drills as evidence of a OG having struggles. Typically in a game situation OGs rarely if ever have to pass pro in space. If an OG excels at pass pro in space they are called a Tackle. 1 v 1 drills dlineman have space they will never see in the trenches. To use it as barometer? Is short sighted and silly. In 11 v 11 Decastro stoned McLendon aka the best dlineman in camp. Now that is a fair barometer, OGs spend 90% of snaps unless they pull in a phone booth. If anyone believes a dlineman that has 10 yards plus either side of them “beating” them in a 1 v1 drill is something to fret over they shouldnt. Frankly it isnt a great barometer for an OT either, as though they play in space, that drill vastly increases the field for the defender to utilize: speed and quickness. As for Adams, for most part Ive read and seen reported he has held his own. Perspective here, Max though a great servant usually gets beaten like a drum in camp. Why? Well Steelers have pretty good OLBs, even without Deebo. Adams holding his own? May not “wow” reactionarys on twitter but sure sounds good to this fan.