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Dick LeBeau on Jarvis Jones: “I think his future is good”

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As Dick LeBeau sees it, rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones is taking the first steps down a well-worn path.

The Steelers’ legendary defensive coordinator told reporters Thursday that Jones is “equal” to one-time Steelers edge rushers Jason Gildon, James Harrison, Greg Lloyd and Joey Porter and current Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley when comparing how those players were progressing at similarly early stages of their careers.

However, LeBeau indicated that Jones’ career is in its infancy.

“I don’t want to put that on him,” LeBeau said, according to a transcript from the club. “We’ll see how he develops. He has great work ethic. Obviously, we think he is playing well or we wouldn’t have started him.”

The Steelers have called on Jones, their first-round pick, to help in multiple areas.

The 23-year-old Jones moved into the starting lineup in Week Two, taking the spot of Jason Worilds. In his starting debut, the rookie from Georgia notched six tackles on defense and another two on special teams in Monday’s loss at Cincinnati. Overall, he played 59 snaps on defense and another 18 on special teams.

LeBeau said that Worilds will “get his snaps” at outside linebacker, too, with an eye keeping all three players both active and fresh.

“I feel good about this crew,” LeBeau said. “I say it’s a long way to go here, a lot of football to play. We will see where Jones ends up. I think his future is good.”

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20 Responses to “Dick LeBeau on Jarvis Jones: “I think his future is good””
  1. ttommytom says: Sep 20, 2013 8:14 PM

    Too bad he can’t play TE…

  2. Stiller43 says: Sep 20, 2013 8:36 PM

    Too bad heath millers back this week to play TE…

  3. bigbabies says: Sep 20, 2013 8:41 PM

    He is LT2!

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 20, 2013 9:12 PM

    Kid is only 23, his future is ahead of him. When I was his age Eisenhower was President.

  5. wearethesteelers says: Sep 20, 2013 9:20 PM

    Another gem.

    You’re jealous?

  6. cheffyglenn says: Sep 20, 2013 10:59 PM

    To bad we didn’t draft Eifert!

  7. ninthwardfriend says: Sep 20, 2013 11:59 PM

    When Dick Lebeau speak, listen…. Greatest DC ever…

  8. t8ertot says: Sep 21, 2013 12:19 AM

    Too bad Lebeau won’t be around much longer

  9. stainlesssteellegends says: Sep 21, 2013 6:56 AM

    Another great find for the team that continuously lands these top pedigree OLBs. He’s got all the tools to be a great one.

  10. reed20fence says: Sep 21, 2013 7:37 AM

    No joke, this guy is a beast.

  11. tedmurph says: Sep 21, 2013 10:59 AM

    LT2 and he’s a beast. Put the rookie in Canton steeler fans, that’s what you do.

  12. veetan says: Sep 21, 2013 11:40 AM

    Not the biggest. Not the fastest. But at Georgia, he ALWAYS “just so happened” to be in the right place, at the right time. You can’t teach that. He ended up leading the entire SEC in sacks for his last two years in a row. Now it’s just continuing in the NFL.

    I wish my Saints had drafted him when they had the chance, but we got that nasty safety out of Texas, Kenny Vicarro. So it looks like both teams got what they needed. Steeler fans should be happy.

  13. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 21, 2013 5:14 PM

    Too bad he can’t play QB

  14. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 21, 2013 5:24 PM

    tedmurph says: Sep 21, 2013 10:59 AM

    LT2 and he’s a beast. Put the rookie in Canton steeler fans, that’s what you do.
    ——————————————–

    Hey!

    If they would stop that unfair PED testing we’d be really good once again.

    Bring back the horse steroids!

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 21, 2013 5:44 PM

    tedmurph says:
    Sep 21, 2013 10:59 AM
    LT2 and he’s a beast. Put the rookie in Canton steeler fans, that’s what you do.

    8 2 Your envy is priceless as usual skippy.

  16. tedmurph says: Sep 21, 2013 9:19 PM

    I’m a Pats fan drool boy, I don’t have to envy anyone, particularly the steelers, slappy.

  17. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 21, 2013 10:57 PM

    Who cares what Dick LeOld says?

    When was Pittsburgh last relevant?

  18. quittsburghstoolers says: Sep 22, 2013 12:47 PM

    Dick LeBeau on Jarvis Jones: “I think his future is good”

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    What did ya expect LeBeau to say about a rookie when asked?

    “Gee, I think he sucks & he isn’t long for the NFL.”?

    Won’t matter, anyways. Steelers are gonna lose against the Bears tonight & that will signal the end of their season already…

  19. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 22, 2013 4:27 PM

    Speaking of envy, Steelers are in the envious position of playing the “Gee, I hope we’re not the only losers in the basement” Bowl. Good luck with that lofty goal tonight. Hahahahahaha.

  20. quittsburghstoolers says: Sep 23, 2013 9:11 AM

    quittsburghstoolers says: Sep 22, 2013 12:47 PM

    Won’t matter, anyways. Steelers are gonna lose against the Bears tonight & that will signal the end of their season already…

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    Cheer up, Steeler fans. You can focus on the Pirates now… oh, wait they’ve lost 5 out of their last 6 games. Oh, they’ll make the playoffs for the first time in 20+ years but after they lose that wildcard game they’ll be sitting at home with the Steelers watching the Pens actually win something…

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