Using your first two draft picks on offensive linemen is an obvious statement of intent.
But the Steelers didn’t get nearly the early returns they were looking for out of David DeCastro and Mike Adams in their first professional game Thursday night.
“I thought [Adams and DeCastro] represented themselves well, at times, at least from an assignment standpoint,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said, via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “They were beat physically some, but that’s life in the National Football League. I am sure they will take the lessons learned in that stadium tonight and build upon it.”
Ben Roethlisberger can only hope so.
Adams gave up 2.5 sacks in a nine-play span, before leaving with a knee injury that wasn’t believed to be serious.
For the most part, he looked a little lost, which could be explained by all the installation he missed because Ohio State’s on the quarter system and he missed most of the OTAs.
“He made a couple of rookie mistakes; everybody gets beat,” left guard Ramon Foster said of Adams. “But he bounced back, and he wasn’t showing that it was affecting him too much.”
DeCastro had the better night of the pair, such that that is a compliment. He was pushed around a bit in goal line situations, but made fewer errors than Adams.
“It’s hard for me because I am not watching them, but by the look in their eyes, it looked like they were doing well,” Roethlisberger said.
DeCastro in particular is a key to the season. He seemed like the perfect Steelers pick in April, a plug-and-play-for-a-decade guard right out of the mold of an Alan Faneca. Adams, they can afford some time with, after bringing back veteran Max Starks. But both will need to improve, quickly.