Steelers Position Battle Review: David DeCastro's Injury and Mike Adams Position Flexibility

August 19, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Mike Adams (76) pass blocks against the Indianapolis Colts during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Washed out a little bit in all the David DeCastro Injury hype was the outstanding play of rookie LT Mike Adams in Pittsburgh's 38-7 win over Buffalo Saturday.

It's probably a bit too late for Adams to make a push to start at left tackle in the season-opener, he did show enough improvement in Pittsburgh's Preseason Week 3 game to suggest he does have the upside the team thought he did when they made him a second-round selection out of Ohio State in April's draft.

He's a shoo-in for the 53-man roster, and that's never been in question. But if he really wants to increase his chances of seeing the field this season, maybe he should consider adopting a Mike Tomlinism: "Position Flexibility."

Maybe he should look into playing some guard.

Dale Lolley floated the idea of Mike Adams playing guard in his post-game blog Saturday, and considering the knee injury to David DeCastro puts a little bit of a strain on the Steelers' depth along its interior offensive line, it's not the worst suggestion this page has ever seen.

Lolley even suggests its as something on which the Steelers will take initiative.

"Look for the Steelers to give him more work at guard moving forward, especially with DeCastro possibly out for the season."

DeCastro could miss the 2012 season with a torn MCL, dislocated knee cap and damaged patella tendon. At the very least, he'll be out for several games, leaving the Steelers with one less guard available. This isn't to suggest Adams should be the Steelers starting right guard when they take on Denver in the season-opener Sept. 9, but certainly, with the amount of injuries the Steelers' offensive line has taken in recent seasons, a player being welcome to learning a new position would not only be welcomed by the team, it's quickly becoming modus operendi.

The first roster cuts are due by 4 p.m. ET today, and the second cuts, from 75 to 53, are due 9 p.m. ET Friday.


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