Max Starks was back in the starting lineup against the Bills last Saturday, seeing his first action of the preseason at left tackle.
Starks was on the physically unable to perform list for the first two preseason games as he worked his way back from a torn ACL suffered at the end of last season. Starks’ comeback was faster than many anticipated and getting back on the field was the final step.
“It felt great,” said Starks. “I was a little stiff at first, a little rusty. I shook the rust off and felt comfortable as we started moving through the game, especially in the second quarter.
“I started relaxing, calming down, and the game started to turn into the game I know it to be. I am glad I got the opportunity to play.”
It wasn’t just the physical aspect that Starks benefitted from with the playing time, but it also allowed him to get used to the new terminology in Todd Haley’s offense in real speed.
“It’s mental because it’s a brand new offense, so therefore it’s brand new terminology as far as in the huddle,” said Starks. “We still had some issues we had to clean up as far as game communication. It was a start. That is the biggest thing, getting used to the jargon, and everybody being out there on the field trying to communicate and be successful.
“Once we got passed that first quarter everyone started understanding and we were a lot cleaner than in the first.”
Starks expects to play about a quarter against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night in the preseason finale at Heinz Field, one last tune-up before they open the regular season against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 9.
“It’s a good time to come in and clean up some of our communication and show we are seamless coming into the regular season,” said Starks.
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