Landry Jones taking snaps from Kelvin Beachum before practice. Photo credit: Chris G.
Training camp started off with a bang, as Kelvin Beachum was the first player to walk past the booming sounds from the Pittsburgh Steeline drumline.
As he stepped onto the practice field, he was joined by Landry Jones and the two wasted no time taking some practice snaps.
Jones took snaps from under center as well as in the shotgun, as Beachum continues to develop as the Steelers’ most versatile lineman.
As expected, John Malecki got work at center as well and was working with Bruce Gradkowski prior to practice. His work at guard and center should make him a good bet to make the team.
The encouraging sign was that both players looked comfortable with their snaps, but they also faced no pressure.
Without any contact, it is difficult to get a read on the offensive line; however, I will say that this is the most athletic looking offensive line that the Steelers have had in recent years.
While it is hard to call any of the linemen “fit” at over 300 pounds, virtually every lineman looked “fit.” What I mean by that is none looked sloppy with a hanging gut. Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro are, by far, the most athletic-looking linemen on the roster.
The starting line was (from left to right) Marcus Gilbert, Ramon Foster, Pouncey, DeCastro and Mike Adams.
Adams was not limited at all from the injuries he sustained earlier this summer when he was stabbed. We will have to wait and see how well he handles things when the pads come on next week.
The second-string line was (from left to right) Beachum, Chris Hubbard, John Malecki, Justin Cheadle and Guy Whimper.
A lot of people had questions about Mike Golic Jr., Joe Long and Nik Embernate—and for good reason. They are buried on the depth chart right now. Expect more from them as camp progresses.