Sooner or later it was going to happen, but in the case of Pittsburgh Steelers first round draft pick David DeCastro, sooner is certainly better as Jim Wexell reported today via Twitter that offensive line coach Sean Kugler announced that DeCastro was now the starting right guard. Kugler had said just last week that the rookie was coming on in practice.
The Stanford product, who according to many in the media, did not set training camp practices on fire over the first few weeks, had a good first showing Thursday night in the Steelers 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, in what was their first preseason game of the year. DeCastro looked extremely good on the move and out in space, just as he did in college. DeCastro started the game Thursday because Ramon Foster was forced to start at left guard due to Willie Colon being forced to sit out the game with a minor ankle injury.
Thanks to the poor play and knee sprain suffered by rookie left tackle Mike Adams Thursday night, Foster took snaps with first team at right tackle on Saturday, while Marcus Gilbert flipped over to take first team reps at the left tackle spot with Adams sidelined. Unless something changes, the starting offensive line left to right for the Steelers second preseason game next weekend against the Indianapolis Colts figures to be Gilbert, Colon, Maurkice Pouncey, DeCastro and Foster.
Tackle Max Starks, who was resigned by the Steelers just prior to them reporting to training camp, remains on the camp PUP list as he continues to rehab his surgically repaired knee.
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