A week ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers traded for Levi Brown, a left tackle from the Arizona Cardinals. Brown, who was having problems at tackle early in the season, hopes to turn his rough start around with a Steelers team who also struggled early.
Since being traded, Brown has impressed the coaches with how fast he has been picking up the playbook and technique.
“He’s doing a good job,” offensive coordinator Todd Haley said. “There is some carryover for him, I think. Not a ton, but he’s a smart guy and is trying to get himself ready to go.”
Brown is the second offensive lineman the Steelers added during the regular season. Center Fernando Velasco was signed after the team lost All-Pro Maurkice Pouncey on the first offensive drive of the 2013 season.
“He told me he was in the same situation,” Brown said. “He’s got a couple of weeks under his belt now. It’s OK for him.
He’s a center. It’s probably more difficult for him because he has to make a lot more calls. It’s still difficult, no matter what position you’re in.”
Brown is in competition with Kelvin Beachum for starting left tackle on Sunday against the New York Jets. Brown has learned the playbook rather quickly, but now the toughest thing for him to pick up has been the two-minute drills.
“Some of the things, obviously, are not going to be realistic to game time. The scout team tries to simulate that, but they’re not the Jets,” Brown said. “There’s quite a few plays and calls and adjustments similar to offenses that I’ve been a part of before. It’s really just getting the new terminology, learning plays that are totally new and going out and not having to think about it.”
Alongside of Brown, the Steelers added safety Will Allen and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester to the roster. Both players were with the Steelers in 2012.