Steelers G David DeCastro Busy Fine-Tuning His Game With The Little Stuff

A lot is expected out of guard David DeCastro in 2014. In fact, if he doesn’t make first-team All-Pro in his third season, it will be a huge disappointment.

Due to most of his rookie season being wiped out by a knee injury suffered during the preseason, DeCastro’s initial development was slowed severely. Now that he’s had a full season to acclimate himself to the NFL game, the former first-round draft pick should be able to live up to his pre draft billing.

Being a technician of sorts, DeCastro should be right at home with new Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, who was regarded as one of the league’s best technicians during his playing days.

“What he knows about the game, the little stuff (he shows his players) in technique, I can’t speak enough to him,” DeCastro said recently of Munchak, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Overall, DeCastro played above the line last season. He was, however, still a little inconsistent, but believes the progress that he made in 2013 will be much easier to build on in 2014.

“The jump from Year 1 to Year 2 is the biggest,” DeCastro said. “Now the rest is kind of fine-tuning things. Just being a rookie is great. Now you can kind of understand the game and build on top of that. … Nothing’s a surprise anymore.”

According to recent comments made by Munchak, he will be surprised if DeCastro doesn’t play like an offensive lineman that’s been in the league for several years.

“I think there are a lot of guys coming into their best years,” Munchak said recently of his offensive line. “I always tell guys their fourth year, their fifth year, their sixth year are where they understand the league now. That’s where David is right now (heading into his third year).”

  • Johnny Loose

    “if he doesn’t make first-team All-Pro in his third season, it will be a huge disappointment.” I honestly believe he will play at, or close to that level. He essentially played his rookie season last year and made great strides. I expect him to build on that absolutely. But if he isn’t “first-team All-Pro” and makes it to the pro bowl, I’d say he is rounding into shape with the arrow still pointing up. I definitely wouldn’t say “huge disappointment” though.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Personally, I don’t care if he gets snubbed from those that choose the Pro Bowl players, as long as he and the others all improve under Munchack. The O line could be great, but it will take time. I want to see steady improvement from everyone, as the accolades will come later.

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  • Lil Smitty

    Considering, he played with three different centers to his left and spotty play to his right I think DeCastro played well enough to deserve the Pro-bowl. Those accolades usually come with playoff berths and 1000 yard rushers. I am glad he was still there when the Steelers draft choice came up.