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Other than the defensive secondary, there isn't a unit on this team that needs closer attention than the offensive line. Last season, in the second half of the year, this group played very well. Even through injuries and shuffling of players, this group came together and led this team to a 6-2 record in the second half of the season.
This season, the starters are all but entrenched. If the season started today, it would look something like this:
- Left Tackle: Kelvin Beachum
- Left Guard: Ramon Foster
- Center: Maurkice Pouncey
- Right Guard: David DeCastro
- Right Tackle: Marcus Gilbert
Even though the tackles aren't household names, guys like Pouncey and DeCastro are among the tops at their positions. Nevertheless, with new offensive line coach Mike Munchak in the fold, it is expected that the play of the tackles will be elevated.
And unfortunately, that might just mean the end of the road for Mike Adams. The former second-round pick has been a disappointment during his short career. Granted, not all of that has been his fault.
Nevertheless, with players like Guy Whimper and Wesley Johnson on the roster, it is going to be a challenge for Adams. Both Whimper and Johnson have experience playing multiple spots on the line, which is a huge advantage over Adams.
Unless specified, all team stats are courtesy of steelers.com.