Mike Adams: C-
Overall, Adams had a better game than he did the previous week against the Tennessee Titans in pass protection. The Bengals defensive front is powerful, and Adams held up well at the point of attack against a multitude of fronts and players.
One play in particular, Adams pulled and was the lead blocker on a quick screen to Antonio Brown. He got out front and did a very good job in space. This was a flash of what Adams is capable of.
As a run blocker, Adams struggled more. He struggled to hold his blocks, missed some assignments and got beat by quicker players.
Ramon Foster: D+
If it weren't for lack of replacements, Foster wouldn't have a starting spot. He is slow and lumbering and got pushed around by the Bengals front. Foster also failed to open any run lanes, and while he didn't give up any sacks, he allowed the Bengals defensive lineman to pressure Roethlisberger much of the game.
Fernando Velasco: B-
When you consider that Velasco was out of work a week ago, he was a very pleasant surprise. He was calling out protections and making the line calls like he had been with the team all year.
He was part of the sack that Geno Atkins got on Roethlisberger late in the game, but all things considered, he played very well.
Going forward, Velasco should continue to improve. But for one night, when the offensive line was very average, Velasco was a standout.
David DeCastro: B-
DeCastro had a tough draw as he often had to block the massive Domata Peko with no help to the inside. DeCastro held his own, minus the one play where he and Marcus Gilbert folded up and gave up a big sack to Roethlisberger.
Steelers fans also got to see DeCastro do more pulling than he had the previous week, and that's where he shines. Displaying nice footwork and excellent hands, DeCastro did a nice job in run blocking. Unfortunately, his teammates did little to help him out.
Marcus Gilbert: C-
Gilbert didn't have the type of game many expected of him. Yes, the task was daunting against Carlos Dunlap, but Gilbert is a huge man and has flashed excellent skill.
Tonight, though, it didn't show itself. Runs to the right stalled out when running backs were unable to get outside, and much of the pressure Roethlisberger saw was from that edge.