Getting to know: Steelers defensive end L.T. Walton
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Position: Defensive end
Height/weight: 6-foot-5, 305 lbs.
Experience: 2nd season
College: Central Michigan
Walton — Leterrius is his full first name — made the Steelers' 53-man roster out of training camp as a rookie sixth-round pick last season. That's better than the fourth- and fifth-round picks last season can say. But Walton didn't play much, dressing for only six games and seeing action for just 29 snaps from Sept. 29-Nov. 1. Indications during this camp, however, are that he could be in line for a more significant role in Year 2, even if a back injury has held him out of practice in recent days. Walton is one of the top backups for stellar ends Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt.
Where do you expect — or hope — to fit in within the defensive line pecking order this season?
I don't really look at it from a depth-chart standpoint. It's just every day come to work, and at the end of the day everything will play itself out.
Have you learned anything over your time with the Steelers from the two starters at your position?
Both Cam and Stephon are really good players, those are two guys I can kind of model my game after. Those guys lead by example every day.
How much easier are things for you in your second season than they were as a rookie?
I'm feeling comfortable already. I approach every day as a new day, and you just have to learn from everything that you do.