The 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers opened their preseason schedule on Thursday night in Philadelphia, losing to the Eagles 24-23. The Steelers largely dominated play when the starters were in, leading 13-0 at halftime. There was a lot of good and some cause for concern coming out of Thursday’s game, and here is what matters from the preseason opener:
Mike Adams started at LT…and struggled badly.
1. Mike Adams is not ready for primetime. Adams got the start at LT with Max Starks still on the PUP list while recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the playoff loss to Denver. To say things didn’t go well for Adams would be very, very generous. In 9 passing plays with Adams in the game, he allowed 2.5 sacks, then left with a minor knee injury. Adams only expected to miss a week or two, but he can’t afford to miss the reps at this stage if he hopes to get meaningful playing time in 2012. Trai Essex didn’t fare much better, although that’s far from unexpected, and Marcus Gilbert also str