steelers matchup of the week
Published: Saturday, December 1, 2012, 11:28 p.m.
Updated: Sunday, December 2, 2012
STEELERS RT KELVIN BEACHUM vs. RAVENS OLB PAUL KRUGER
MATCHUP: Paul Kruger had his way with Steelers rookie second-round tackle Mike Adams two weeks ago. Imagine what he might do with rookie seventh-rounder Kelvin Beachum (above). The Steelers are starting Beachum at right tackle because of injuries to Marcus Gilbert and Adams but will certainly get help from the tight end and running backs.
BEACHUM: A rookie out of SMU, he has struggled in his limited action in the preseason and regular season. His first professional play against Oakland resulted in a false start, and his first play last week against Cleveland was a hold. Beachum has played on 27 snaps this year, but the Steelers believe his quick hands can nullify Kruger's strength, which is his hands.
KRUGER: The Ravens had so much faith in the fourth-year player out of Utah that they allowed Jarret Johnson to leave during the offseason. Kruger hasn't disappointed with six sacks and eight quarterback hits. He dominated Adams two weeks ago when he had two sacks, three quarterback hits and five hurries. Kruger has five sacks in his past three games.
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