Originally posted on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 5/19/12

The Steelers have a vacant left tackle position at the moment.  The best bet is that Mike Adams is going to fill that void.  He will have competition at that spot according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.  Veterans Jonathan Scott and Trai Essex will compete with Adams for the starting spot.

I do not like when guys are handed jobs without winning them out.  Even if I want Adams to start and am excited about it he needs to compete for the spot.  Competition in camp is a good thing.  To me though even with competition what this says is it is Adams job to lose.

We saw how awful Jonathan Scott was last season.  The Steelers pulled Max Starks off the street just to get Scott out of the line up.  What made it worse was that Scott was given the job last year.  He had no competition.  Gilbert was not ready and still is not ready to play left tackle.  He is a right tackle and there was no one else left on the roster.  I do not even have Scott making the team this year.  He is not on my 53 man roster.

Essex is a good back up.  He is not a starter in this league though.  He is a good enough stop gap when a player gets injured but can not be a full time guy.  If could have been he would already be that guy.  So really this is Adams job if he wants it.  The other prospects are not up to the task of a starting left tackle.

The other option the Steelers have is Max Starks.  Starks has yet to be contacted by the team though.  Starks does not see himself being in the mix for the Steelers left tackle position.  He also does not plan to be ready to play in training camp.  He is shooting to be fully healthy by week 1.

The Steelers could do what they did last season though.  They could see how Adams does and if he struggles they could reach out to Starks and bring him back.  It is unlikely Starks will be signed by anyone before the season starts.  He is still recovering and  until teams can work him out fully he most likely will not get a job.  So he should be out there if need be.

Mike Adams is going to be the starting left tackle for this team though.  He would have to really screw up not to start for this team.  It is his job to lose.

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