Here is the latest Pittsburgh Steelers' mailbag. I will post another one Saturday, before their second preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. If you have a question please send to ScottBrown_ESPN with #steelersmail.
And away we go…@ScottBrown_ESPN I can't see it happening. You'll get no argument from me that Mike Adams has struggled, particularly in pass protection. He did grade out well in the Steelers' 20-16 loss to the New York Giants last Saturday night, according to Pro Football Focus. And the Steelers aren't going to give up on a former second-round pick who has played well at times and is only going into his third season. They will want to give new offensive line coach Mike Munchak a full season to work with Adams before entertaining serious thoughts of cutting ties with him. Plus, who is the Steelers' No. 3 offensive tackle if they cut Adams? Don't give up on him yet as it is still early, and if anyone can get Adams to make the most of his immense talent it is Munchak. @ScottBrown_ESPN Well, Martavis Bryant had an interesting first game. The lost fumble was obviously a killer but Bryant did some good things as well, including creating enough separation on a deep ball to draw a pass interference call. I have really liked what I have seen from the fourth-round pick at St. Vincent College in Latrobe. Bryant got off to a bit of a slow start at camp but since then has consistently made plays in practice. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder gives the Steelers a tall wide receiver who can really run. If he continues to develop I think he helps them this season, particularly in the red zone. Check out what Richard Mann said about Bryant later today as I had a chance to catch up with the Steelers wide receivers coach after practice on Monday. @ScottBrown_ESPN I may be making too much of it but I thought it was big that Jarvis Jones sacked Eli Manning in the preseason opener. Jones has been asked so many questions about only registering one sack as a rookie that I think it's important he has a good preseason to build on his getting stronger during the offseason and also working with noted quarterback tormentor Joey Porter. To me, Jones is the biggest key to the Steelers' defense making significant improvement. If Jones makes a big jump in his second season -- and he and Jason Worilds provide a consistent pass rush -- it will only make a secondary that has question marks that much better.
@ScottBrown_ESPN I'm with you as far as rookie linebacker Jordan Zumwalt standing out in the Steelers' preseason opener. The sixth-round draft pick always seems to be around the ball, and he recorded five tackles, including one for a loss, despite playing only 25 snaps against the Giants. Zumwalt is still playing catch up after missing organized team activities (OTAs) because UCLA had not completed its school year and then missing about a week of practice at training came because of a groin injury. The biggest thing working against Zumwalt making the 53-man roster, however, is a sheer numbers game. The Steelers are deep at inside linebacker so he will probably have to convince them that he can also play outside and contribute on special teams to make the roster. @ScottBrown_ESPN Since Brad Wing is the only punter in camp -- veteran Adam Podlesh is still dealing with a personal matter -- he is not going anywhere. Also, it is way too premature to give up on him after one preseason game. No question he had a couple of punts against the Giants that coach Mike Tomlin would refer to as "JV" variety but Wing also had his moments in the preseason opener. He has looked good in camp too and the Steelers love the hang time he has regularly displayed. The key for Wing making the team is showing the Steelers that he can be consistent. Remember, Zoltan Mesko's short-lived stay in Pittsburgh last season was ultimately doomed because he seemed to uncork one dud a game, which Tomlin referred to as "JV" punts. As for Ryan Shazier and Sean Spence, I'd love to see the Steelers put together a package where they are on the field at the same time along with Lawrence Timmons. Maybe they could throw a 4-3 look at teams from time to time with Spence, Timmons and Shazier at linebacker and Worilds, Stephon Tuitt, Cameron Heyward and Jarvis Jones playing along the defensive line. @ScottBrown_ESPN I like the idea in theory since it makes little sense to carry three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster if your No. 3 signal-caller is not going to dress for any games as was the case last season. I have not received any indication, however, that the Steelers will go that route, and their concern is probably that they would lose Landry Jones if they release him and try to sneak him onto the practice squad. If Jones does not play well in the remaining three preseason games maybe keeping only two quarterbacks and signing one -- presumably Jones -- to the practice squad may become an option. But I don't think the Steelers want to give up on Jones after one season since they invested a fourth-round draft pick in him.
@ScottBrown_ESPN I thought Zumwalt showed a lot in the first game given his injury time off. Does he make the 53?— Bobby &Steph Bentley (@Franco0710) August 10, 2014