Neal Coolong, who manages the excellent Behind the Steel Curtain website, wrote several days ago that starting backup center Kelvin Beachum would be a mistake, writing that "Jurell Casey gave him the beating of his pro career in Week 1. Casey is an amateur in comparison to All Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins."
He's getting his wish.
A day after the Steelers lost starting Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey for the season, Pittsburgh inked former Titans center Fernando Velasco -- who graded as the league's No. 11 center last year (in Tennessee) per Pro Football Focus.
According to Gerry Dulac with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Velasco (not Beachum) will start for the Steelers this Monday Night.
New C Fernando Velasco will start in Cincy. Isaac Redman: "I’ve never seen anyone come in and look as comfortable in the offense so quick."— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) September 13, 2013
BTSC breaks down Velsco in a zone blocking scheme.