Updated: Jul 7, 2021
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Last month, the Steelers agreed to terms with five-time Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner nearly three hours after they released veteran David DeCastro. It's believed that Turner will be the plug-and-play replacement for DeCastro at right guard.
Turner was plagued by a groin injury last year and didn't perform well in his only season with the Chargers, but he's still only 28 and has a strong resume from his days in Carolina. If he can get back to his old ways, the Steelers would have gotten a steal. And Turner believes the Steelers are a perfect fit for his style of play.
"It's just one of those teams, one of those organizations that they always compete, always in the game, and play my style of football," Turner told Omar Ruiz Tuesday on NFL Total Access. "They have a great quarterback at the head of the center, but they like to run the ball. That's something I'm excited about."
When Ruiz asked Turner what type of brand of football he enjoys. He gave an answer that would be approved by Steelers Nation.
"Smashmouth," Turner replied. "Able to get out and pull, get in some space and run a little bit. Just have a little bit of fun, man. It's fun when you're throwing the touchdowns, but I think it's fun when you're able to run them too."
The Steelers ranked dead last in rushing yards per game last year and their No. 1 priority heading into this season is to significantly improve in that area. That's why they drafted Najee Harris at out of Alabama at 24th overall in this year's draft. The Steelers are counting on Harris to be their bell-cow running back and Turner is looking forward to paving the way for him.
"I believe in my game. I think I'm a dominant run-blocker," Turner said. "I think I've shown that throughout the years. I'm just excited to come in and just be with the group of guys and learn, but also give out information, if that makes sense. Just go out there and compete. I think competing is the biggest thing. When you go out there and you compete, good things happen. So, I'm excited about it."