Bruce Davis is used to being on of the "Big Dawgs" on the team. He is second in career sacks at UCLA with 29. So his rookie season with the Steelers was an adjustment.
"I'd be lying if I said it's not a blow to the ego," said Davis
"You go from being the rock star as they called it back at school, you go from being the guy, the guy who is depended on making big plays when they needed them, to really the bottom of the totem pole."
"It was definitely tough, mentally," said Davis. "Mentally, I tried to stay focused, but it definitely took it's toll on me. I kind of got down on myself, but I had to come to the realization that I'm playing for the Steelers, the NFL, and I have great players in front of me."
Playing behind James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley didn't allow Davis much playing time on defense.
Where he could have played was special teams, but fellow rookies Patrick Bailey and Donovan Woods performed better and dressed on gameday. Unlike third round draft pick, Davis.
Davis has used this offseason as a chance to show what he can do and to show his work ethic.
"Quite simply, he has to play better than some of the guys he's competing with. At the end of the day that's the measuring stick, that's what training camp in Latrobe is about and that's what makes it exciting.
"I don't make it a secret, I'm a proponent of competition. It's going to be fun to watch some of the competition unfold at the outside linebacker position as guys try to find a seat on the bus, if you will."
"We're not evaluating, we're just teaching at this point," Tomlin said. "What he is doing is he's putting himself in position to compete. He's been one of the poster boys for the offseason program, if you will. We say the first rule of getting better is showing up. He's done a nice job of that and he's working."
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette