In Week Four, the run game was back. However, it was not just Le’Veon Bell shaking the rust. The offensive line as a whole played better. Bigger holes, better Bell is what we saw. Nothing can speak to that more than their last drive of the game, a seven play, three-minute drive that included six Le’Veon Bell rushes for 41 yards and a touchdown to completely knock out the Ravens and turn a 10-point lead into 17. However, two stars of this drive were David DeCastro and Rosevelt Nix, not Bell.
Nix and DeCastro are two of the best at their position. It was time to wear the Ravens down, and the Steelers did just that. Below is the second carry of that drive. Watch DeCastro and Nix pull fluidly and in-sync with each other. Both know their responsibilities and both pick up two of the better defensive players in all of football, let alone on the Ravens. DeCastro holds onto C.J. Mosley just long enough and Nix shoves Tony Jefferson out of the way to spring the hole for Bell. Bell picked up 21 yards on this play that was headlined by the duo.
Three plays later, the Steelers faced a third and four. It was back to the hogs, and back to the athletic DeCastro and talented Nix doing their jobs pulling to create space. This time, it is Nix closer to the line chipping off Eric Weddle. DeCastro shows his elite athleticism getting all the way out past the opposite hash marks to seal off Marlon Humphrey and polish off the hole. Bell took this gain for six yards and a devastating first down.
There may not be a more talented guard in the league when it comes to pulling and making clean blocks in space than David DeCastro. When you add in an underrated Roosevelt Nix, and the two are pulling cohesively, understanding assignments and using power to execute them it is one heck of a punch. When it happens in the fourth quarter, to close out a worn down defensive line, it could be considered the biggest knockout punch in all of football.
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