Steelers vs Giants Film Review: David DeCastro

Pittsburgh Steelers right guard David DeCastro has spent more time in the preseason working next to center Maurkice Pouncey than in the regular season, for reasons that are quite well known.

The two were back in a game for the first time since the regular season opener last year, and both of them played fairly well in limited snaps, particularly DeCastro.

The Steelers seem intent on utilizing the pair’s mobility even more this year, so we saw them on the move a decent amount in the preseason opener, though admittedly it could still use some fine tuning before they get to the regular season.

Like the rest of the starting offensive line—other than Ramon Foster—DeCastro started off the game well with a strong block on defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins on the first play of the game to help spring Le’Veon Bell for nine yards. After he got Jenkins turned, DeCastro attempted to advance up field to find another target to block.

The coaches had him pulling to the left on the next play along with Will Johnson, though the latter didn’t manage to accomplish much. DeCastro did seal linebacker Jacquian Williams and held him out of the play.

On the Steelers’ next drive, DeCastro was left to guard Jenkins on the pass rush, and though he wound up holding a bit, in part because Jenkins turned his body, the lineman stayed on point and in front of the defensive tackle, keeping him out of arm’s reach of the quarterback. Jenkins didn’t really give DeCastro much of a choice when he turned and backed up.

DeCastro’s pulling was not as successful later in the game on one of the first-team offensive line’s final snaps, but he was also going up against Jason Pierre-Paul on this occasion, who is about as physically gifted an athlete as there is in this league.

Both DeCastro and Heath Miller pulled to the left on this LeGarrette Blount carry, and neither were fully successful in accomplishing their tasks. Miller hesitated deciding who to block, and thus didn’t get a proper grip on either one.

DeCastro, meanwhile, got a bit overpowered by the former All-Pro, who used his long arms and great anticipation to counter the pulling guard’s momentum, and then pushed him to the side by his helmet to get past and help bring the back down.

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  • http://www.reverbnation.com/JohnnyLoose Johnny Loose

    In the last gif, I actually think Decastro did a decent job sealing the DE. RB was able to at least get up in the hole without JPP interfering. Definitely could have been worse. Overall, it’s hard not to get excited about what we’re seeing from some of these guys. I’m confident this will be the year Decastro plays at a pro bowl level

  • joed32

    I am too!

  • Jesse Murray

    JPP with the ole whack across the helmet move aka a penalty.

  • dgh57

    DeCastro didn’t have much of a rookie year because of his injury so in a way this is his second year and a year guys are supposed to show improvement. Working next to Pouncey and signs of improvement in Gilbert along with working under Munchak’s guidance has me excited about the play of the OL this year and am SO ready for this season to get started!

  • Axe Skot

    While he didn’t completely blow anyone up, I’m encouraged by the fact that he was in control on each of these plays and it’s his consistency that I believe will benefit the running game the most.

  • treeher

    OL is playing to the whistle. I’ve noticed their tenacity so far – Coach is responsible for that.

  • cencalsteeler

    First gif, they had all of the Giants on roller skates. Bell didn’t have a whole lot of room, and still got 9 yards. Picture perfect.

  • Weiss Chad

    Pro bowl!!