PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Steelers' revolving door at left tackle continued to swing this week.
Second-year player Kelvin Beachum and seventh-year veteran Levi Brown, acquired Oct. 2 in a trade with Arizona, have split first-team reps this week, as the Steelers (0-4) prepare to face the New York Jets (3-2) in East Rutherford, N.J. Both should play, but the starter likely will be a game-time decision.
Second-year pro Mike Adams, who started the opening four games, was demoted to third team and primarily played on the scout team this week.
"They're all getting work," Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said. "We're trying to get them all better and ready to go."
Beachum replaced Adams in the second half against the Minnesota Vikings Sept. 29 in London, but that was the most extensive playing time he's had at the position. He primarily has been a right tackle.
"We've been splitting the reps all week, so we'll see what happens in the game," Beachum said. "It's to the coach's discretion who he plays and what the other guy will do, but I've been preparing the past two weeks like I've always prepared, just in case my number is called and get an opportunity. I do believe that I'll play, one way or another."
Brown was selected by the Cardinals No. 5 overall in 2007, and has been at left tackle most of the time. In Arizona, Haley was his coordinator for two seasons. Brown believes the Steelers offense is similar to the one Haley had with the Cardinals, and that has helped the transition.
"It was all about learning the terminology and making adjustments for all the plays that are in," Brown said. "That's the biggest thing I had to do, and it was important for this week against a defense that likes to do a lot of moving around to try to get somebody open to get a free hit on the quarterback."