Lately, the Pittsburgh Steelers have found themselves in a deep hole. Over the past two weeks, their two top quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich, went down with serious injuries. On top of that, they are now two games behind the division-leading Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. Looking at this scenario, I say desperate times call for desperate measures.
One possible move the Steelers could make this week is reactivating rookie offensive guard David DeCastro. The first-round draft pick tore his medial collateral ligament during the third game of the preseason, and was placed on the injured reserved/designated to return list. DeCastro has practiced, and if ready, I feel that Pittsburgh should play him at right guard this coming week against the Cleveland Browns.
This move could possibly improve a Steelers offensive line that has struggled the past two weeks in run blocking and pass protection. If Pittsburgh puts DeCastro at right guard, then Ramon Foster could move from right guard to the left guard position. This means that Willie Colon can slide from right guard and play right tackle, which would put rookie offensive tackle Mike Adams where he needs to be, on the bench.
Removing Adams, who hasn’t played to the expectations of the organization and Steeler Nation, could potentially revive Pittsburgh’s running game, and help protect 15-year, third-string quarterback Charlie Batch until Roethlisberger is healthy enough to return to the lineup.
With six games left in the regular season, the Steelers are barely holding on to the final wildcard spot. Pittsburgh’s offense has to improve quickly in order to stay in the playoff hunt, and adding DeCastro to the mix just might be the answer.
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