PITTSBURGH — The Steelers were hoping to get a steal when they took a chance on Cory Trice in the 7th round despite his medical history. Now, they might just be seeing the fruits of that risk early on as Trice is becoming a star at OTAs among his teammates already.
Well, on Thursday, Trice and safety Damontae Kazee confirmed that the rookie put up spectacular numbers. That included three pass breakups and one interception on the day. Coming out of the day, Trice felt energized that his teammates were so excited for him and his play overall.
“This all, right here, it feels good,” Trice said. “Just seeing the guys be happy for me. Seeing everybody have the same goal and just to win and get better every day. Definitely a good culture around here, and I’m just to build to it and get better.”
Regardless, the teammates seem to be impressed by Trice. Whenever I asked players who impressed them the most during OTAs practice, they all said multiple guys, but Trice’s name came up universally as a hard worker who seemed to be improving over time.
A player that is happy to see what Trice has brought to the Steelers is the veteran safety Kazee. He praised the rookie’s efforts on Thursday. After watching the tape on Trice, Kazee already found himself excited to see what Trice could do on the field, but now having seen it up close, he’s a full-on believer.
“You know, I had seen the highlights and all of that, I knew he was talented. He showed out today,” Kazee said. “How about three PBUs and a pick? I don’t know about the pass interference call. But he moved onto the next play and made a pick. He kept his head high.”
Trice himself is feeling support such as the support he is getting from Kazee and Steelers teammates. The more he practices, the more comfortable he finds himself in the playbook. Not just that, but Trice is a guy who is really feeling the confidence boost of a locker room rallying around a young guy.
“I’m starting to get more comfortable,” Trice said. “You know, my teammates are all here and supporting me and it’s great. I feel like I’m making some great strides.”
Trice feels like he belongs in the NFL and in the room with the rest of the guys. He is out to prove those who allowed him to fall all the way to the seventh round very wrong. With more days like the one on Thursday, he could just as well prove all of those doubters wrong.