Jarvis Jones aiming for start on Monday night

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The Steelers haven’t started a rookie on defense in their season opener in more than a decade, so it wasn’t much surprise that Jarvis Jones played behind Jason Worilds at outside linebacker against the Titans.

One week may be all that Jones has to wait before ascending to the first team, however. Jones worked with the starters at practice on Wednesday and said afterwards that he can’t control whether or not he’s a starter, but that he wants to be one and that he’ll work to make sure that the way things looked on Wednesday remains the way they look on Monday against the Bengals.

“That’s the way it is right now,” Jones said, via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “As long as I continue to keep doing what I’m doing, I hope it stays like that.”

Jones plays 26 snaps, making a pair of tackles including a stop behind the line on Titans running back Chris Johnson, last week while Worilds played 47 as the starter. However the defense looks when the Steelers take the field for the first time on Monday, that spread is going to shrink or disappear completely as long as Jones continues to show he’s capable of doing the job.

9 responses to “Jarvis Jones aiming for start on Monday night

  1. Told you they wouldnt be able to keep him off the field. Despite the turnovers and bad field position, the defense played great on Sunday.

    Now if only Todd Haley could get his stuff together…

  2. Yeah I think it’s time to ditch the “rookies don’t start” mentality, or at least make an exception. Take a chance, JJ has already made more plays than Worilds.

  3. The defense wasn’t the problem last week. Of course, you can’t expect them to stay sharp when they’re on the field for the entire game.

  4. While I’m not a Steeler fan, I live in an area where they show the Steelers a lot on TV. I hope all of the people bashign the Steelrs offense, as well as Haley understand, that the Steelrs like playing a lot of 2 TE, FB plays. Last week they weremissing their 2 starting TE’s due to injury. Their 3rd string TE, had to play center, because they lost their All Pro cener Pouncey, and their FB was also out. I have a feeling once the revamped O line gets to play more, and they get back their starting TE’s and FB, as well as their starting RB (Bell). I know most people commenting on here just like to trash talk, but the lack of some fans Football knowledge is disheartening to say the least.

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