Mike Adams slips to third on depth chart

October, 8, 2013
10/08/13
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PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers’ shakeup at left tackle is official.

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Mike Adams, who started the first four games there, has been dropped to No. 3 on the depth chart behind Kelvin Beachum and Levi Brown.

The Steelers traded for Brown, who started 79 of 81 career games for the Arizona Cardinals, last Thursday. But quarterback Ben Roethlisberger indicated that Beachum will be given the first crack at left tackle.

“There comes a time when if you’re not playing up to par, Coach [Mike Tomlin] has got to make a decision and I feel like he’s doing that with Mike,” Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan during his weekly radio show. “And he’s saying, ‘You know what? Beach has done a great job of filling in at center, at guard at tackle.’ He’s going to give him a shot.”

Roethlisberger said he still has high hopes for Adams, the Steelers’ second-round draft pick in 2012.

“If you’re Mike Adams you’ve got to take the approach of, ‘Wow, I’m not third on the depth chart. I need to probably pick it up a little bit,’" Roethlisberger said. "Maybe this is exactly what he needs to get to that next level. I know he can be that guy and I’ve got confidence that he can be.”

Roethlisberger said he doesn’t link Adams' struggles with any lingering effects from a June stabbing that was a result of an attempted carjacking.

“If he isn’t he hasn’t let it on to me or anyone else that I know of,” Roethlisberger said.

Scott Brown

ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter

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