The Pittsburgh Steelers took an off day Tuesday as their set their sights on the first preseason game of 2013. To that end, the team released their first depth chart in preparation for the Saturday match-up against the New York Giants.
Along the offensive line, second-year tackle Mike Adams, who has made a great recovery from his offseason injuries, will get the first shot to replace Max Starks protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s blindside. With Adams on the left side, tackle Marcus Gilbert will team with guard David DeCastro to anchor the right side.
The rest of the offense comes with almost no surprises, with the wide receiver and tight end positions matching what many already projected. The same thoughts can said about the defensive depth chart as well, as there are very little surprises to be had.
One of the biggest may be at inside linebacker, where Stevenson Sylvester appears to have a shot at the two-deep at inside linebacker, something the seemed impossible when he was a non-tendered restricted free agent early in the offseason. That move was followed by OTAs and minicamp, where he was tried at outside linebacker. For the special teams standout, he will have to show up in the preseason to have a shot.
To no ones surprise, newly activated nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu sits behind Steve McLendon and Hebron Fangupo on the nose tackle depth chart. If the former fourth-round selection wants to remain on the roster, he will have to show more than he has to any point in his Steelers career.
Cornerback Curtis Brown is currently listed as number two behind injured starter Cortez Allen. However, after suffering an ankle injury Monday, there is no update on his status for the first preseason game.
While the first preseason contest is somewhat anti-climactic as the starters see very little action, there are some telling items that can be discerned. This game is an extremely important endeavor for some of the undrafted free agents or late round draft picks that are looking to open some eyes during their extended playing time. This game should be no different and an exciting one to watch.
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