In football, they really don’t have a name because very few do it.
But Kelvin Beachum is one of them.
The Steelers seventh-round pick last year, who started the final five games at right tackle during his rookie year, has been moving up and down the offensive line through the first three weeks of organized team activities making him the Steelers five-tool guy.
He was center and guard the first two weeks, and now right tackle. Beachum filled in for the recently injured Mike Adams during Tuesday’s eighth OTA session on the South Side. Adams was stabbed over the weekend and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
Oh yeah, Beachum took some snaps at guard as well on Tuesday.
“I was a little bit all over the place,” Beachum said. “I am getting a lot of work, getting a lot of reps and getting a lot of film out there so it’s good. I am taking it in stride and being accountable for the reps I am getting and make sure every rep is as perfect as can be. It is one of those things I am working on and being accountable and taking responsibility of what the Steelers are giving me.”
And it is a lot.
Beachum never played guard or center before two weeks ago, but with the Steelers being thin at backup guard and center, they moved Beachum to the former Doug Legursky role.
Center has been the hardest position for Beachum because he never snapped a football before this year. Beachum said he is practicing snapping any opportunity he gets, even if that’s in his living room at home.
But for now, it’s back to the position he is most familiar with – tackle.
You would have to think that Beachum gets assignments confused every once in a while because he is playing so many positions.
It happens very rarely.
“The thing is that you want to learn it from a whole different point of view so whenever they throw you in at any position that you are ready to go in and make an impact,” Beachum said. “You have to do some thinking but as Coach Tomlin said earlier, if you know and understand what you are doing you won’t have to think. I am getting to that point where there is no thinking involved.”
Beachum likely will never be a Pro Bowler or even an everyday starter, but he is a guy who is invaluable to a coach who is stressing position flexibility in order to put together a game day roster. He won’t be the main backup at all five positions come the season, but it is nice to know that he can jump in anywhere if needed.
* By Mark Kaboly