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Steelers Mike Adams leaned on 2012 draft classmate David DeCastro after benching

Adams had a rough 2013 season, but along with leaning on teammate DeCastro for help, he says he had support from the whole offensive line, leading to his ability to end the season on a high note.

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Dealing with adversity is one of the key elements of the game of football. Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams has had plenty of adversity in his first two seasons with the Steelers - some through bad situations, like suffering stab wounds at the hands of would-be car theives last year, and some through his own shortcomings, like when Jared Allen gave him the beating of his football career in Week 4 of the 2013 season.

The adversity that came to Adams after that loss to the Vikings could make him stronger, if he viewed it as an opportunity to improve.

From the comments he made to Steelers.com reporter Teresa Varley on the team's web site Friday, he's doing just that.

He's getting by with a little help from his 2012 draft classmate friend.

"For me it was a personal thing. If there was anyone I talked to it was David DeCastro," Adams told Varley. "Everybody is always there for you. We have such a special group here. We are all so tight. We all know what each other is thinking, we don’t even have to say it. We are all there for each other no matter what."

That group, from left to right, figures to be Kelvin Beachum, Ramon Foster, Maurkice Pouncey, DeCastro and Marcus Gilbert. Adams may see more time as a blocking tight end, but with new offensive line coach Mike Munchak, perhaps Adams can get the fresh start some thought he might have under Jack Bicknell in 2013. Munchak is his third offensive line coach at the professional level.

He can still apply the lessons learned through the adversity he faced. Perhaps he even has already, considering he made a quality spot-start for the Steelers in their Week 14 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

"Over the course of the year I had the chance to get better and I became more consistent," Adams said. "I got a chance to play again against Miami and thought I did some good things against a good defensive end. I am just looking forward to getting a chance to do it again next year."