Tackle Mike Adams, the Steelers’ second round draft pick this year, was selected as the “Joe Greene Great Performance Award” winner by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America. The award is given annually to the team’s outstanding rookie.
“To have anything with that name on it associated with you is definitely an honor,” said Adams, who grew up a Steelers fan. “He is one of the best Steelers of all time and someone we have all looked up to. To be able to win the Joe Greene award is something I am thankful for and definitely feel blessed.”
Adams is the third straight offensive lineman to win the award, as tackle Marcus Gilbert won it in 2011 and center Maurkice Pouncey in 2010.
“It feels great,” said Adams. “Coming after a guy like Marcus Gilbert last year, it feels good to keep it in the offensive line room.”
Adams made his first start against Cincinnati on Oct. 21, and started six games at right tackle this season. In his first three starts the team had a 100-yard rusher each week, two from Jonathan Dwyer and one from Isaac Redman.
Adams injured his ankle against Cleveland on Nov. 25, and has been inactive for the last four games.
“It’s football and things like that happen,” said Adams. “You just have to roll with the punches and try to keep getting better. I definitely would have liked to be out there a little more and not have gotten hurt. But I’m thankful for the chance that I got.”
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The Steelers Huddle Show will air on KDKA-TV on Saturday’s at 11:35 p.m.
Show tapes at Heinz Field and is hosted by KDKA’s Bob Pompeani with a special Steelers gues each week.
There is a $5 admission charge. Parking is available in the Stage AE Parking Lot for $5.
6:30 PM – Doors Open
7:30 PM -Show Taping Begins
The first four weeks taping is in the FedEx Great Hall and then moves to the East Club Lounge the last four weeks.
Wed., Sept. 12 – Steve McLendon and Heath Miller (FedEx Great Hall)
Wed., Sept. 26 – Brett Keisel and Maurkice Pouncey (FedEx Great Hall)
Tues, Oct. 9 – Larry Foote and Antonio Brown (FedEx Great Hall)
Wed., Oct. 24 – Mike Adams and Casey Hampton (FedEx Great Hall)
Wed., Nov. 7 – (East Club Lounge)
Wed., Nov. 21 – (East Club Lounge)
Wed., Dec. 5 – (East Club Lounge)
Tues., Dec. 18 – (East Club Lounge)
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Doug Legursky is used to being ready on a moment’s notice and that came in handy once again when he had to step in after center Maurkice Pouncey suffered an MCL injury against the Titans.
“As a backup you have to be ready to go in there at any time,” said Legursky. “The next guy up is going to step in for the guys and we can’t have any drop in performance. Throughout the year I have had the opportunity to do that. Last week was no different. I have to go in and we can’t drop in play at all. I believe I had a good game, but there is still a lot of work to be done.”
Legursky said its second nature to the offensive linemen to have to step in during a game, and by preparing with the same mindset each week it allows them to be able to do so seamlessly. And this week he is doing things the way he does every week, not sure yet if he will start on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals or not.
“I prepare the same way I always do, I have to prepare like I am going to play,” said Legursky. “I have to be mentally sharp. I have to get as many mental reps during the week as I can when he is not going. Right now I will get a few more physical reps which is nice to go into a game with more preparation. Either way it doesn’t change my method of preparedness.”
In addition Mike Adams had to step in for right tackle Marcus Gilbert against the Titans after Gilbert suffered an ankle injury. Adams, the Steelers’ second round draft pick this year, said he will be starting against the Bengals on Sunday.
“It’s my job to keep and I plan on taking advantage of the situation,” said Adams. “I just have to come out every day, keep getting better and play as well as I can help this team get a ‘W.’”
While Adams said learning is a constant in football, he is feeling comfortable with the offense and knows he can lean on the veterans on the offensive line.
“It’s been going good,” said Adams. “I have had some time to get in there and see what I can do. It hasn’t been too rough. I am excited to get out there and play a whole game and help this team get the ‘W’ we need.”
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The learning curve continues for rookie tackle Mike Adams, who continues to develop daily thanks in part to the guidance of some of the team’s veteran offensive linemen.
“I feel good,” said Adams. “I have a great group of veteran offensive linemen around me helping me out. I am trying to get better every day. That is my main focus.
“My focus is getting better every day, coming out trying to fix the little things every day, the little technique things we have to work on. Nobody is perfect but we are working on it. It’s working on the technique and executing it.”
Among those who have been a big influence on him is tackle Max Starks.
“Having a guy like Max is priceless to my development,” said Adams. “He has been doing it for a long time at a high level and having him here is something I am grateful for.”
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Defensive end Brett Keisel is looking forward to the first training camp practice, when the speed picks up and the team gets their first real look at what young players are capable of.
“I am very excited,” said Keisel. “We have a young group of guys coming in here. This is where you define your team and figure out who is going to help you win games throughout the season. You don’t know what guys are capable of until they put on the pads and go full speed. It will be interesting to see who steps up and makes plays.”
Keisel, who is in his 11th training camp, has advice for the young players.
“You can’t slow down,” said Keisel. “Yu have to work your tail off every day. Nothing is going to be given to you. You only get so many reps and it’s what you do with those reps that decide if you are going to make this team or not.”
Camp practices will give Keisel and the defensive line a true feeling of what rookie offensive linemen David DeCastro and Mike Adams are capable of.
“We have seen what they do with a college uniform on,” said Keisel, “Let’s see what they do with a Steelers uniform on.”
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