We have three players on the roster to compete for the spot, and Tomlin loves competition. We know that Jonathan Scott, the imperfect 2010 replacement who is nevertheless a fine backup swing tackle, is good enough for the Steelers to win with. He seems like the default choice, but with recent draft picks Tony Hills and Marcus Gilbert on the roster, the starting job is by no means his already.
Jonathan Scott: Going into his sixth year, signed by the Steelers as a free agent in 2010. Came with his offensive line coach Sean Kugler, and together they led the Buffalo offensive line through injuries to be a bright spot on a lackluster Bills '09 squad. On the Steelers in 2010, both were asked to deal with the same situation as the line in the Super Bowl retained only one player from the line that started Week 1; Kugler's contribution in particular promised a great future for Pittsburgh's O-Line. Scott exceeded expectations somewhat; although he is beaten badly by the gifted likes of Terrell Suggs, his effort prevented the position from ever being a true liability.
Marcus Gilbert: 2nd round draft choice, 2011. Hit the field with a Steeler officially the for the first time today.... but protected Tebow's blind side while Maukice Pouncey was center at Florida. His size, power, and footwork are all good and he was drafted with the potential to develop into a left tackle. Well, given his history with our dynamic young center he has a chance at the starting job. I'm eager to watch what he does in preseason.
Tony Hills: He's the Limas Sweed of offensive tackles. It sure would be nice for him to show something in preseason, but I can't wish for that and a starting caliber Keenan Lewis, so let's just wish him luck to make the roster.