Big Steelers Rookie NT Daniel McCullers Talks Big Things He’s Working On

“So far, so good.” That’s exactly what rookie Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Daniel McCullers recently said when asked how his first NFL training camp is going.

McCullers, who was drafted with second of two sixth-round selections that the Steelers had this year, should be getting his fair share of reps right now during training camp practices with starter Steve McLendon sidelined the last four sessions because of a concussion.

While things seem to be going well for the super-sized Tennessee product, he knows he still has a long way to go until he can consider himself ready to play on a regular basis.

“I’m trying to get adjusted to the system, learning your plays, technique and your keys. That’s the biggest thing, watching the film and just working on my technique,” said the nearly 6-7 McCullers.

McCullers went on to repeat that watching film is a big part of what he’s doing right now during training camp and that he’s doing a lot of it.

“We’re in there probably three hours a day looking at film, tape,” he said.

McCullers is more than likely battling fellow backup nose tackle Hebron Fangupo for a spot on the final 53 man roster this summer and the two appear to rotating out snaps quite equally.

During the Wednesday edition of Steelers Live, former Steelers offensive lineman and current sideline reporter for the team’s radio network, Craig Wolfley, chimed in with his latest thoughts on McCullers.

“He runs everybody back to the quarterback, whether it’s Maurkice Pouncey to Chris Elkins on one-on-ones,” said Wolfley. “He gets in there. Now the first thing is, he’s got to get himself ready pre snap, which John Mitchell, the one-man Paris Island, is all over him about. And then you got to go and you got to make sure that you are off on the snap of the ball. He’s a little late. Having said all that, when you watch people try and run block him, it’s almost humorous.”

Should McLendon wind up missing the Steelers first preseason game Saturday night against the New York Giants, we should get a lot of opportunities to see just how humorous McCullers can make the Giants backup interior offensive lineman look. It will also be interesting to see if he enters the game before or after Fangupo does.

McCullers does, however, sound like he’s ready to hit someone other than his own teammates for a change.

“We’ve put on pads, finally, and we hit each other each and every day, so its a lot more physical, but overall we’re doing pretty good.”

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  • Steve

    McCullers is a load at Nose Tackle that can stuff the inside and hold double teams and keep the LB open to make the tackle. IMO he was a steal in the 6th round. Coach Mitchel will have his hand full with Dan and Tuitt. Steelers needed new blood on the DL and these two should do well.

  • Dorian James

    yeah, if he can ever get his butt down he’s going to be unstoppable

  • joed32

    Pulling for the guy, thought he was a long shot but just maybe he can make it.

  • Big White

    He’s in.

  • dgh57

    I think in the opening preseason game vets only play the first series or two so we should see him get his reps in the Giants game, especially FG attempts.

  • Mark Armor

    If they put him on the practice squad, he’s gone. No ones waiting to steal Fangupo.

  • IndianaSteelerfan

    Very good point. I totally agree

  • Louis Goetz

    I don’t have anything against McClendon at all, but for whatever reason the thought of McCullers playing the 0 technique lets me forget how much I miss Big Snack.

  • Matthew Marczi

    This was my thinking as well. I have McCullers on the roster and Fangupo on the practice squad.

  • Phillip Wimer

    Imagine a short yardage package with McCullers at fullback lead blocking for Blount

  • Jim McCarley

    It interests me because if he is this big and can get such a deep push into the backfield , you have to keep him, if for no other reason that goal line defense/short yardage plays…..it seems obvious that he is putting forth the effort, so I would find a spot for him regardless. Now, with that being said, if he appears to not put for effort and really want to get better, then you may want to look at that. As long as our offensive linemen can’t block him off the line and he is consistently getting a nice push into the backfield, he SHOULD make the team…

  • patrick Mayfield

    I imagined it. Blount was tackled in the backfield by a FS while McCullers was still making his way to the line.

  • 20Stoney

    Very good point about the field goals

  • charles

    Comparisons to the fridge are unavoidable.

  • charles

    Comparisons to the fridge are unavoidable.

  • charles

    McKullers may be so big that he turns the 3-4 into the 4-4.