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Larry Foote thinks it will be “difficult” for Jarvis Jones to win a starting role

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Much has been made about the changes across the Steelers roster in the last couple of years and linebacker Larry Foote knows that the team is “going through a bit of a transition period” right now.

Such a transition period calls for new players to step into roles vacated by veteran contributors, something that will be happening on both sides of the ball in Pittsburgh this season. One of the players who will be asked to take on a new role is first-round pick Jarvis Jones, but Foote thinks it may not be an immediate trip to the starting lineup for the rookie even though he has experience in a 3-4 scheme from his days at the University of Georgia.

“It’s going to be difficult, especially outside,” Foote said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “There is so much technique, where you’ve got to line up, inside or outside. The fortunate thing is they [Jones’ Georgia Bulldogs] played a 3-4. … I’ve seen a lot come in as rookies and not have a clue, but you can tell he’s been around our type of football.”

Jones and Jason Worilds are the choices as a replacement for James Harrison in the starting lineup and history says that the money should be on the veteran winning the starting job after players like LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons started their careers on the bench in Pittsburgh. Jones doesn’t need to start to make an impact, however. If his collegiate pass rushing skills translate to the NFL, he’ll be on the field often in his rookie season and the transition period would be less painful in at least one spot for the Steelers.

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8 Responses to “Larry Foote thinks it will be “difficult” for Jarvis Jones to win a starting role”
  1. bettis3636 says: Jun 5, 2013 11:39 AM

    It’s not the Steeler way to start as a rookie.. ESP on defense! I’m ok with a fresh Jarvis Jones in the forth quarter to lay some hits on tired QB’s..!

  2. mazblast says: Jun 5, 2013 11:41 AM

    It’s going to be a rough couple of years coming up for us Steelers fans, no doubt, but what will sustain us is the full, certain knowledge that the organization knows how to go the distance. The hardware proves it.

  3. The Rev says: Jun 5, 2013 11:45 AM

    Good picture for a defensive guy…

  4. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 5, 2013 11:56 AM

    He’ll start, and win DROY, a la Kendrell Bell. Only Cowher won’t be able to ruin Jones’ career like he did Bell’s.

  5. steelfan1 says: Jun 5, 2013 12:02 PM

    If we are going to compare, lets make sure it is apples to apples. Timmons was an OLB in college, in a 4 3 front. Woodley was a DE in college, in a 4 3 front. Jones, played OLB in college, in a 3 4 front.

    Worild is begining year 4 of this defense, while Jarvis is in his first few months. Once training camp opens and pre-season, then we can truly make the proper calls about Jarvis starting or not.

  6. finallythevoiceofreason says: Jun 5, 2013 12:15 PM

    crown……..what did Cowher have to do with the 4 knee injuries that Bell sustained in the 3 years to follow his rookie season plus the other injuries he had?

  7. mercurialcj says: Jun 5, 2013 1:45 PM

    Who cares. The Steelers will be battling Cleveland for 3rd place in the AFCN again anyways.

  8. coltzfan166 says: Jun 5, 2013 1:57 PM

    He may not start this year, but was drafted to be able to replace a veteran one day. And probably soon.

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