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Friday, August 8, 2014
Versatility key for Steelers' Wesley Johnson

By Scott Brown

LATROBE, Pa. – The Pittsburgh Steelers loved Wesley Johnson’s versatility when they took him in the fifth round of the draft in May, and it might be his ticket to the 53-man roster – just as it was for starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum two years ago.

Johnson has played as many as three different positions during a single practice, and the former Vanderbilt player has impressed offensive line coach Mike Munchak with how he has handled the demands that the Steelers have heaped on him.

“He can handle all of that without being panicky for a young kid,” Munchak said. “He can do a lot of things, so it’s just a matter of seeing how it translates into the preseason game.”

Munchak said Johnson is most comfortable at left tackle, and the 6-foot-5, 297-pound prospect has gotten the most work there.

It will be interesting to see if the Steelers play Johnson solely at left tackle Saturday night against the New York Giants or if they take a look at him at several positions.

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