DT Daniel McCullers is getting ready to take the next step

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The have signed two of their selections in the 2014 Draft, sixth-round pick, defensive lineman Daniel McCullersand seventh-round pick, tight end . Financial terms of the four-year deals were not disclosed.

They are the first two of the Steelers nine selections from the 2014 NFL Draft to sign.

DT is getting ready to take the next step.
“It’s hard for me to do it,” said McCullers. “I just have to bend. When I do it I can be pretty good. I have to continue to work on staying low, my technique. I am just working every day on staying low, using my hands, learning the system, plays to be in the right place at the right time. I feel like I am doing pretty good.”

McLendon has worked with McCullers all season, and feels good about what the rookie can bring to the defense.

Asked for an assessment of his play, McCullers said, “I played hard. A few technique problems on a couple plays, but overall I did a good job.”

Tuitt, a second-round pick from Notre Dame, had been seeing sporadic action all along this season but wound up playing 24 defensive snaps against the Texans. His snaps had risen from three to 12 to 18 in the three weeks preceding his Monday Night Football appearance.

There comes a tipping point for every player trying to fashion a career in the NFL. Teams always are looking for younger and cheaper, and so those who don’t show something before the next guy comes along, well, they usually find themselves trying to Daniel McCullers jersey mens catch on with another team. McCullers is at that point, if it already hasn’t passed him by. He’s 6-7 and 352 pounds, but McCullers never has shown he knows how to use that size to his advantage, and to the naked eye it doesn’t look as though he has improved much over his three seasons with the team.

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Nose tackle Daniel McCullers hopes his improved offseason nutrition will help him in 2015.

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The Steelers defensive line finds itself much more capable to deal with the loss of than it was, say, eight months ago. Back then, in mid-August, the Steelers weren’t sure rookies Stephon Tuitt and Daniel McCullers would be ready for NFL football when the regular season opened, and veteran wasn’t anything more than just a guy after being signed during free agency.

The Steelers are in a better place along the defensive line now than they were when they signed Keisel last August, what with Cam Heyward taking another step along the path toward becoming the next great Steelers defensive player and with Tuitt making considerable progress down the stretch in 2014.

Moving forward, the team will be deciding on whether to keep Cam Thomas or possibly shop for a different veteran free agent, and then it will remain to be seen how the draft unfolds starting on April 30 in terms of how the depth chart along the defensive line shapes up come the start of training camp in late July.

Bryant, 6-foot-4 and 211 pounds, played 22 offensive snaps in his NFL debut. He emerged with two catches for 40 yards on five targets.

“It let me know that all my work is paying off,” he said. “I felt pretty good out there. It’s all about improving. As long as I keep on showing what I can do in practice, know my assignments and handle my business, I’ll be fine. As long as I continue to show the coaches and my teammates and Ben what I can do, I’ll be fine.”