Steelers notebook: Gilbert hopes to stay on left side of O-line
Even when Marcus Gilbert found out that he was getting moved to right tackle last year, he always held out hope that he would eventually return to the left side.
Now appears to be that time.
Gilbert got the first crack at left tackle during the first week of organized team activities that wrapped up Thursday, and he's planning on staying there.
“Everything will sort it out for itself eventually,” said Gilbert, who missed the final 11 games last year with an ankle injury. “I have been focusing on the left side this whole offseason and feeling more and more comfortable. The left side is more important because the quarterback has to have a lot of trust in you. Ben knows what I can do out there.”
Second-year man Mike Adams also will get a shot at playing left tackle during OTAs.
• Gilbert said he is looking forward to facing former Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who signed with division foe Cincinnati during the offseason. “He is going to be in the way. He is going to be another face,” Gilbert said.
• Running back Jonathan Dwyer signed his $1.323 million restricted free agent tender the first day he was permitted to do so in April. Dwyer said he didn't wait around to see if there was any outside interest because he wanted to send a message to the organization. “It said that I want to be here,” Dwyer said. “I like it here. I like the organization and love playing with Coach (Mike) Tomlin. Coach Kirby (Wilson) has made me a better person as well.” Dwyer led the team in rushing a season ago with 623 yards on 156 carries. He started six games.
• Tomlin recently brought together some of his veterans to talk about one thing: discipline. “Right now, we need discipline,” safety Ryan Clark said. “We need the discipline now so that we are disciplined in the fourth quarter of games. Coach brought some of the older guys in and talked to us and told us that was the kind of program he wanted to run, so we are following suit.”
• The Steelers signed three of their draft picks Thursday, leaving only four of their nine picks unsigned. Wide receiver Markus Wheaton (third round), cornerback Terry Hawthorne (fifth round) and wide receiver Justin Brown all inked four-year rookie deals. Still unsigned are linebacker Jarvis Jones (first round), running back Le'Veon Bell (second round), quarterback Landry Jones (fourth round) and defensive end Nick Williams (seventh round.)