Running Game Runs Through David DeCastro

By Matthew Marczi

If there was a good run by the Pittsburgh Steelers last week against the Green Bay Packers it seemed pretty likely that right guard David DeCastro was probably involved in helping get the runner loose.

Quite honestly, there were a lot of plays to choose from in order to put together this recap of DeCastro highlights in the running game, and the plays that I ultimately chose don’t necessarily reflect the absolute best of the best, but more of an overall sampling of his successes in the running game.

DeCastro was a key component of Le’Veon Bell’s 22-yard run late in the first quarter, as his block and seal on Ryan Picket and then Brad Jones is what gave Bell the room to operate in the first place.

DeCastro went on to manhandle defensive end Josh Boyd on consecutive plays early in the second quarter. The rest of the offense, however, let down, as they gained just eight yards on those two plays, and Bell was stopped for no gain on third down, resulting in a three and out and a punt.

Toward the end of the first half, it was defensive end Mike Daniels on the losing end against DeCastro in the running game, as DeCastro was able to draw him in and then wrench him to the left, which allowed Felix Jones to find an easy avenue for a pickup of seven yards without much effort.

DeCastro’s block on Pickett toward the end of the third quarter helped spring Bell for one of the longest gains of his rookie season, a 25-yard carry that came just one run after his first career fumble.

As was the case with much of the offense, DeCastro turned in a strong performance against the Packers as a run blocker, which led to the rookie Bell’s first career 100-yard rushing game. He probably even deserved more credit than Pro Football Focus granted him.

Though he wasn’t nominated to the Pro Bowl, DeCastro’s first full professional season was certainly not a disappointment. He started off a bit slow and had to battle injuries, but the future is bright for Pittsburgh’s right guard.

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Matthew Marczi

Passionate Steelers fan with a bit of writing ability. Connoisseur of loud music. Follow me on Twitter @mmarczi.

  • joed32

    Great gifs,thanks.

  • cp72

    I feel much better about our talent level now than I did at this point last year. DeCastro and Heyward are pro bowl caliber. Last year’s draft could produce as many as 4 starters with Bell possesing star potential. Beachum has came in and stablized the LT position which has been a weakness for a decade.

    We have major questions on the defensive side, but you can see a core group developing that will lead the Steelers back to contending for championships.

  • dgh57

    DeCastro just got a little more seasoned this year on his way to bigger and better things for him in the years to come.

  • Don2727

    He has had a lot of adversity..The serious injury to him last year and the serious injury he caused this year..If he can play this good now, you know he is going to be great for many seasons to come.

  • Rick M

    Personally, I think you may be overhyping Heyward a little because we’re so desperate to see some good line play out of our Front 3. There’s not a doubt that he improved a lot this season; but he graded out quite poorly against Green Bay. He’s not a Pro Bowler yet, nor is he worth elite money. That said we have to ensure we keep him long-term.

    De Castro on the other hand definitely appears to have Pro Bowler written all over him if he can stay healthy.

  • WilliamSekinger

    I remember hearing fans argue Decastro didn’t and wouldn’t ever have the physical strength to play the position. Looks like they were wrong again!

  • Matt Manzo

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this year isn’t ending as bad as I thought it would. Our record sucks, we were a joke in the first half if the season. But we’ve seen a lot of positive things since. I have hope that we’re not as far away from getting back to dominance as we once feared.
    Decastro, Bell, Ben, Brown, Wallace, Dwyer, Beachum, VWilliams, Heyward, Worilds, even Hood all showed us the type of playing we were looking for.

  • Weiss Chad

    By year four decastro will be considered the best or one of the best in league.He just needs the time to get acclimated to nfl imo

  • Kick

    I think Hayward will be better than A. Smith when it is all said and done and that is saying something.

  • Rick M

    I think you’re dreaming LOL, but I hope you’re right.