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  1. Don Wassall

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    As was mentioned elsewhere, six time Pro Bowl guard David DeCastro was unexpectedly released. Supposedly he has a bad ankle but he only missed five games the past three seasons after missing none the four seasons before that. If I pick up any local knowledge that sheds more light I'll post it.

    DeCastro wasn't quite as good as Alan Faneca, another perennial Pro Bowler at guard for the Steelers who finally made the Hall of Fame this past year, but he was only a notch below. He was far and away the best starter on their offensive line until slipping some last season and it's a shock to see him unceremoniously released like this unless he's about to announce his retirement, and even if that's the case he should have been afforded the respect to go out on his own terms.
     
  2. Leonardfan

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    The Steelers o-line will be much more sumo without the All Pro DeCastro. One of the more annoying picks of past April's draft was the Steelers drafting of Dan Moore from Texas A&M. The rest of that A&M O-line were White athletes if I recall and I felt were just as good as Moore who of course enjoyed all the pre-draft hype. It's a typical Colbert pick.
     
  3. Don Wassall

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    T Alejandro Villaneuva signed with Baltimore, so as of now the Steelers project to have a 4/5 Black o-line after starting two and three Whites in recent years. And even at center there will be media and DWF clamor to start rookie Kendrick Green, so the line could well be all sumo this season.
     
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    Pouncey also retired - my guess is this will be Ben's last season in Pittsburgh - they certainly did not help him out with addressing the O-line.
     
  5. Don Wassall

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    They could be back to as low as 3 Whites starting if Ebron remains the starter at tight end, maybe even 2 if J.C. Hassenauer, the current listed starter at center, is replaced by the rookie Green. Then it would be just Big Ben and T. J. Watt. Derek Watt is the "starter" at fullback but is mostly a WSTD who almost never touches the ball.

    The two potential bright spots are rookie TE Pat Friermuth, and good old Robert Spillane, the super-overachiever who is always ready to step in and outperform any injured linebackers.
     
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    Here’s that famous hit when Spillane stonewalled Derrick Henry!
     
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    Very interesting they let go of one of the best Guards in the League! We'll see where DeCastro ends up. And with that move, Big Ben will have only 1 returning starting OL next season.
     
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    Vince Williams just retired from the NFL. None of his 8 years with the Steelers were particularly notable, but his production was solid for a sixth rounder. Will Spillane finally hear his name called, or will Pittsburgh scoop someone off the streets to play next to Devin Bush?
     
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    The Steelers drafted ILB Buddy Johnson out of Texas A&M in the fourth round this year. But Williams' unexpected retirement certainly does help Spillane's chances as he should get the nod for at least this season due to his experience, until the clamoring once again begins that he's "too slow" or missed a tackle or took a poor angle.
     
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    Some more good news! To me Spillane looks like one of those guys too good to hold back. Everytime he's on the field, he's cracking skulls. Let's hope he gets the initial starting nod and runs away with it.
     

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