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Steelers Training Camp: David DeCastro Improving, Coach Says

There have been rumblings coming out of Steelers camp that first round draft pick David DeCastro has not been impressive thus far in training camp. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has said that DeCastro has said he has been struggling with the physical aspect of the game so far.

Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler went on several radio shows to defend DeCastro, and says that the rookie is improving. On 105.9 The X FM, Kugler said that its less strength that's the problem and more technique that he needs to improve upon.

David is a physical player and again, its not just about brute strength or anything. It's technique and leverage and those types things. He's been caught in different positions where he's been beat and you know its our job to explain it to him how to defeat that.

He did another interview for ESPN 970 talking about both DeCastro and second-round draft pick Mike Adams.

You know he hasn't played in one game yet. He's gotten better each day. The thing with him and Mike (Adams), they both missed OTA's so they were playing catch up as far as learning the system. He's gotten better these last four or five days. He's improved dramatically everyday, so I've been pleased with both those young guys.

The Steelers open preseason play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night. With both DeCastro and Adams starting, we'll get a look at how well these players have progressed early on in training camp.

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