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Old 02-18-2013, 10:36 AM   #1
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Default Mike Adams Ready to Step Up, Take on Starting RT Duties

The original article was headlined poorly and misquoted Adams on what he really said. PFT's Michael David Smith had headlined the article - "Mike Adams sees himself becoming an All-Pro tackle" when in reality, Mike had simply said being an All-Pro and Pro Bowl Tackle is always the goal. Anyway, here's the original article.

Mike Adams sees himself becoming an All-Pro tackle

Posted by Michael David Smith

Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams had an up-and-down rookie season in 2012, but he thinks he’s going to have more ups than downs going forward.

Adams told the team’s website that he believes he can become one of the NFL’s elite linemen.

“That is always a goal, All Pro and Pro Bowl,” said Adams. “That should be a goal for every player. Everybody should want to be great at what they do. We should all strive to be the best.”

Adams said that the ankle injury that derailed his rookie season was tougher on him mentally than it was physically, but he expects to come back better.

“It was pretty rough,” said Adams. “For me it was pretty devastating mentally. You watch your team practice every day and you want to be out there but you can’t. You kind of feel isolated, especially after a couple of weeks. You are just watching the days go by wondering when you are going to feel better. You just have to keep your mind right and keep pushing to get that thing right. There isn’t much you can do about it but try and get back. It makes you stronger.”

The Steelers, who are undergoing a youth movement on the offensive line, are counting on Adams to get a lot stronger.

-- A couple of things here. One, it's great that our younger guys have the 'we always have to get better and improve' attitude that seems to have started with AB and is trickling down to the rest of our roster. But, more importantly, I think Adams is right. He was a square peg in a round hole playing for Ohio State at LT when he has the strength and size to be a solid run-blocking RT for us. Every snap it seemed like Adams was improving his technique and ability. Granted, Miller was babysitting Mike there for a little while but I honestly think that under Bicknell, this dude has the potential and ceiling to be an All-Pro & Pro Bowl RT. What's even better, though - he has the drive to be.
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