Rookies Mike Adams and David DeCastro will get the starts at left tackle and right guard, respectively, against the Eagles.
Adams will start because he's been better than Trai Essex at left tackle. DeCastro will be in there because Willie Colon is out with a sore ankle and Ramon Foster has shifted over to left guard.
I keep on seeing that Adams and DeCastro have been disappointing. I haven't seen it that way. In fact, let's wait until they play a couple of preseason games before we pass any judgment.
After all, Maurkice Pouncey didn't win the starting job until that third preseason game.
@ Cam Heyward is also out for Thursday's game, though I haven't been able to get to the bottom of why.
Heyward practiced Sunday and appeared fine. Then, he wasn't around on Tuesday.
@ It appears Cortez Allen will start in place of Keenan Lewis.
Lewis has been battling through a sore AC joint in his right shoulder, but it appears the team won't let him test it in a game.
Allen, by the way, has been the better of the two at training camp. Both, however, will see plenty of playing time, regardless of who wins the starting job.
@ I have really liked what I've seen of first-year quarterback Jerrod Johnson.
The big guy (6-5, 251) is extremely light on his feet and throws a nice ball.
He got a chance to run the two-minute offense Tuesday and didn't disappoint, leading his unit to a score on a pass over the middle to Derrick Williams. It was a nice throw and catch and I could see Johnson beating out Charlie Batch for the No. 3 job.
@ Tyler Beiler had a couple of nice catches on Tuesday and could be making a case for himself to stick on this roster.
With Mike Wallace still holding out, there is room for at least two of the "other" receivers in this camp to make the roster.
Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that the group has been inconsistent behind the top three, but Beiler is probably the most consistent of the group.