DeCastro's first three starts were in Weeks 15-17, and it was a part of a hodge-podge line that had been flipped around and turned inside out throughout the year. Sunday, he'll be starting with the same guys who started throughout the preseason.
And, as he told Tribune-Review reporter Alan Robinson, he's ready for it.
“It's a whole different feel this year,” he told Robinson. “(I'm) more prepared and more comfortable.”
In the same article, DeCastro noted the Steelers ran outside zone in approximately half their plays this preseason. An ominous admission, it doesn't address whether the Steelers will use that style of running game more or less against the Titans, or during the regular season.
The fact the Steelers kept running back Felix Jones can be seen as an indication they really want to utilize it frequently this season - Jones has years of experience in a zone scheme and is faster than former Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer. His kick return experience helped him land a spot, but if the Steelers are able to execute this scheme well, it won't matter who's running the ball as much as perhaps it has in years past.
A fully healthy and fully prepared DeCastro is one of the reasons it's tough to downplay the Steelers this season. His athleticism and technique will make him an outstanding guard, and the overall athleticism the line has suggests they will succeed more often than they'll fail.
Hopefully, it will be obvious on Sunday.
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