Carter’s Classroom: Guards don’t make highlights, but here’s why DeCastro deal rocks

The news of the Steelers and guard David DeCastro reaching an agreement on a contract extension through the 2021 NFL season was huge. He became the anchor to the line in 2015, when Maurkice Pouncey was lost for the season and went on to earn recognition as an All-Pro.

DeCastro has not only become a major player in the offense, but also a leader and an unyielding battler who always fights for his teammates. There are plenty of times DeCastro not only makes remarkable plays that are key to a run scheme or protects Ben Roethlisberger in the pocket, but he also is not afraid to deliver hits send a message when he feels the need to set the tone.

This film room session is sort of a celebration of DeCastro. As a former right guard myself, I get the most excited to do film room breakdowns on the work of offensive linemen and the defensive front seven. There is a great deal of complexity in the fundamentals exhibited by linemen in plays that appear to be the simplest of a playbook.

Let's take a look at some of the better moments from DeCastro in 2015:

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