With the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line bitten by the injury bug this season, rookie Isaiahh Loudermilk has seen is role increase with each game.
So far this season, Loudermilk has played in 152 defensive snaps, and has made his share of contributions to the success of the Steelers defense. In their victory against the Cleveland Browns this past Sunday, Loudermilk registered his first career NFL sack, along with two tackles.
For Loudermilk, the key to his success has been his open-minded attitude. No matter his role, Loudermilk has taken the mentality to be ready to contribute when called upon to do so.
"When I first got drafted, I didn't know what playing time would be, what my role would be. I just kind of came here open-minded." Loudermilk told the media following practice. "Coming into it, I did not expect, you know, to have a role like this but I am going to try to make the most of it."
Similar to fellow defensive lineman Chris Wormley, Loudermilk has gained the trust of his coaches and teammates, as he continues to mold his game on the field. Though it has not always been easy, the work he has put in has helped him adapt to any situation he has faced. With each opportunity, Loudermilk continues to grow in confidence, which should help him down the stretch.
"I feel like I have become more confident as the season has gone along. Being a rookie, they might target me a little bit more but that's just growth."