Thoughts on Steelers depth chart
August, 7, 2013
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
Here are some thoughts on the "unofficial" depth chart recently released by the Pittsburgh Steelers:
- It confirmed that Mike Adams is now the favorite to start at left tackle after many assumed Gilbert would be protecting Ben Roethlisberger's blind side. Adams has been practicing on the left side for nearly a week in training camp, and it makes sense. He played left tackle at Ohio State and Gilbert started on the right side at Florida.
- Don't put too much stock into anything when it comes to rookies. The depth chart has Jarvis Jones (first round) behind Jason Worilds at right outside linebacker, Le'Veon Bell (second round) buried in back of Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer at running back and Landry Jones as the fourth-string quarterback behind John Parker Wilson. I would still be surprised if Bell wasn't the starter at some point this season.
- At tight end, Matt Spaeth is at the top of the depth chart because Heath Miller (knee) remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. David Paulson is listed as the top backup.
- There are questions about what the Steelers are going to do in the return game. According to the depth chart, Pittsburgh is going to rely on its starting wide receivers. Emmanuel Sanders is listed as the kickoff returner and Antonio Brown is the punt returner. I expect LaRod Stephens-Howling to end up being the kickoff returner and he's listed right behind Sanders. David Gilreath is the No. 2 punt returner.