Second year safety Sean Davis is fully recovered and ready to have an even better 2017.

Davis played through a torn labrum from the third game of the 2016 season, which he sustained against the Philadelphia Eagles in a 34-3 loss. Despite playing injured Davis went on to be the Steelers’ Rookie of the Year. He contributed two and a half sacks and ranked fourth in tackles with 70.

It’s only up for Davis from here. “That’s the goal, man, to get healthy, to get my confidence back in my shoulder and my body,” Davis said. “I made the comment that last year should be the worst that I play,” Davis observed. “So hopefully I can take some steps forward.”

Davis isn’t rushing back to full speed though. He wants to stay healthy and continue to make an impact in the Steelers’ secondary.

“When I’m ready I’ll be out there with the guys,” he stated. “The main goal is to be safe because we don’t want to rush it and have a setback.”

Finishing first in the AFC North with an 11-5 record, the Steelers made it all the way to the AFC Championship game before losing to the New England Patriots who went on to win the Super Bowl. The loss has left the team on edge and they’re fiercely preparing for the regular season.

“We’re going to see a lot of hungry guys,” Davis declared. “A lot of guys need to step up. We don’t have the excuse anymore of us being rookies. We have to carry our load, step up and kind of become leaders. It is a younger defense but we can’t let that be an excuse to hold us down.”

The Steelers will continue with OTA’s until Thursday, June 10.

Lauren Scullion is a lifelong Cowboys fan, secret Packers fan, Dallas Cowboys/ NFL writer, social media guru and NFC East know-it-all.