PITTSBURGH – DeMarvin Leal came to the Pittsburgh Steelers roster with high expectations, but his biggest opportunity came from the players around him.
In his first NFL season, the third-round pick from Texas A&M has a chance to learn from Cam Heyward, Tyson Alualu and possibly Stephon Tuitt. All while likely contributing a role in his rookie year.
“It means a lot,” Leal told veterans around him. “Having all these veterans I can learn from and gain wisdom from and be a sponge to all the feedback they can give me.
“It’s a blessing to be in this situation. Just take it with you every day and try to learn as much as I can.”
While Leal has improved most of his game rushing outside of college, he is expected to still play inside the Steelers. Head coach Mike Tomlin said the team didn’t tell Leal to put on any extra weight, and for the defensive end, he was just looking to improve his game on the field.
“It’s something I’ve always done, but now the main focus is on the inside,” Leal said in his role in Pittsburgh. “On the outside take care of yourself, so on the inside is the main focus.”
And when it’s all over, he hopes to get everything a high-quality defensive lineman has to offer.
“Pretty much everything,” Leal said of his work. “Speed, finesse, power. Just put it all in one package.”
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