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Steelers LB Jarvis Jones Trains With Tom Shaw & Calls Brentson Buckner A Mentor Of His


Earlier in the week, Pittsburgh Steelers newest linebacker Jarvis Jones was on SiriusXM NFL Radio talking about the upcoming draft and revealed that he has been working out with renown trainer Tom Shaw down in Florida at the Wide World of Sports complex.

Shaw, as many of you should be well aware of by now, has trained Steelers cornerbacks Ike Taylor and William Gay for years now. Fellow cornerback Cortez Allen is even a client now of Shaw\'s as well.

During his conference call with the Pittsburgh media following him being selected 17th overall by the Steelers in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft, Jones was asked about training alongside Taylor the last few months, and what the veteran cornerback had told him so far about the Steelers organization.

"Ike is one of my best mentors and we train together," said Jones. "He just talked about how great the program is and what their defense means up there. It means a whole lot. They take pride in what they do. Everybody knows the Steel Curtain. It’s their thing, the defense in Pittsburgh. I’m just so happy to work hard for this organization."

Taylor is not the only link that Jones has to the Steelers organization as he also revealed during the aforementioned interview on Sirius that former Steelers defensive lineman Brentson Buckner, who is now the defensive line coach for the Arizona Cardinals, is also a mentor of his.

"Brentson Buckner, the defensive line coach for Arizona, has been a long-time mentor for me since I was in eighth grade," said Jones. "Him and Tony Adams. Just having that group there, it just worked out tremendous for me, because they all knew what it takes and they know what I want. They know that I\'m just out here to just keep training and keep working to be the best."

This is all great news to start with as Shaw really is the best in the business. Knowing that Buckner has been a mentor for Jones since he was in eighth grade is also refreshing to hear. As far as character goes, Jones seems to be past all of his hardships. Now all that he has to do is live up to the expectations of being a first-round draft pick for the Steelers.

One thing is for certain and that is he ought to show up for training camp in excellent shape.

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  • hergieburbur

    As I mentioned on another post, the Shaw thing makes me feel better about his work ethic issues. They are my main concern with him, and if he gets past them, he can be a beast.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Oh boy already this stuff of who people know. If Jones learned our defensive playbook from Taylor, then that would matter. Not this. Jones’ great production in college is a tribute to Jones himself, not Buckner or Ike.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    What work ethic issues? You keep writing posts that just say Jones has bad work ethic.

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    I have to admit I was not excited about the pick at first but it seems the kid has Steeler written all over him so welcome aboard! It is really great news to hear he has been training with Ike, Cortez and Willie.

  • DoctorNoah

    Working out with Tom Shaw didn’t help him at the combine, did it? Ha.

  • LouPGH

    There is a perception that Jones isn’t a “workout warrior” or a guy who “goes hard during the week.” I think it has a lot to do with his monstrous performances on Saturdays; people feel like a guy who sticks out like that on Saturday ought to stand out the rest of the week.

    EDIT: Of course, in today’s NFL they barely practice with contact during the week, so…

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I’m still angry with the pick. First they decided Jarvis is going to start which means few things: Colbert is paying for the bad picks he made, it’s already decided that Worilds will be let to walk, and if we already decided this on Worilds then I have no reason to believe we will not do the same for Cortez Allen. Its a quick and small hindsight but there are holes we haven’t been fixing for years and it is really time to fix those positions and I’m afraid we now have enter a dark age.

    It was also my understanding that it was Tomlin’s call, not Colbert so I’m not sure how I’m supposed to feel about this.

  • TJimmy

    Training with other Steelers players should be great for helping him get a head start on picking up the defensive schemes. He seemed like a Steeler long before he was drafted

  • steeltown

    Haha you do remember how often Woodley and Worilds have been injured of late, right? This is BPA and insurance, in the short term, maybe Worilds plays great, maybe he doesnt, maybe Woodley struggles with injury again and JJ starts opposite Worilds… The Steelers 3-4 starts with the front 7 and more importantly the OLB’s and we needed more production and depth

    Also, I think with Keenan Lewis gone and the fact that Ike is nearing the end.. Im pretty sure they’ll lock up Cortez. He’s not a UFA till 2015, so they have two more yrs to work out an extension

  • steeltown

    I like it… Shaw not only gets players conditioned, but he also helps with their overall speed

    Ike, Cortez, Gay and Jones all working out with Shaw… now if we can only get Woodley and Polamalu to participate

  • Ahmad

    Well this is definitely a good start. Tom Shaw has his players ready to go every year and they hardly get injured.

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    Woodley and Jones will be the starters maybe in 2013, for sure in 2014. He is not insurance or depth. That is not what 1st round picks are for. Worlids is a backup or he’s done.

    Taylor is near the end, this may be his last year. When the team let lewis go they made it a sure thing that Allen will get a deal. Whether it was a statement about the 2 or just about cap space I couldn’tsay.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Good catch! Great post.

  • steeltown

    Worilds will start in 2013… beyond that nodody knows… so at this point as we sit here today, JJ is insurance and depth for the immediate (2013) future

  • RMSteeler

    I agree with this. JJ should get earlier looks on the field due to his 3-4 experience at the highest level in college. That’s the only reason I can see them taking a 23 yr old. They expect him to contribute early. Here’s also hoping that Adrian Robinson can get decent snaps, at least on passing downs, especially from the occasional Ameba look on defense against younger QB’s. Throw the dog a bone or two this year!

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    If MT and KC wasted a first rounder for depth on a positionwe didn’t really need in the first place they should be done.

  • steeltown

    Most players, even first Rders dont start right away for the Steelers. Pouncey and Hampton are the only two in the last decade to start their rookie yrs

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    You do understand that new CBA prevent us from renewing contract with any RFA until they reachef RFA term right? So we are now at risk of that too.

    Despite Worilds and Woodley behing not healthy, you are right on that one but we have Adrian Robinson who the Steelers are “high on” also the glaring weakness were on offensive side, not defensive side. If it wasn’t for offense woes, I might be okay with Jones, don’t like him as a prospect though, there is few better prospects that fit the mold of ROLB, Jones isn’t the guy. Jones, like Worilds fit LOLB because they rely on the speed to get around the edge, now…

    I’m not only questioning on Worilds’ future but Woodley as well. Pass rushing won’t improve until we address the nose tackle and inside linebacker issue so this is a draft with catch 22 situation.

    We need a LB who can bullrush on right side, frankly Jones isn’t that guy and he has a lot to improve on run defending and coverage.

    Realistic scenario that I see: he starts at age 26, 27. I’m not sure how we are supposed to feel because he’s a guy who have an injury history already (not including the rumored spine problem). Of course, I’m hoping for the best scenario, that the pick works out because sigh,I’mnot happy with the pick.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Jones played in a different scheme. It wasn’t a 3-4 but more of a 3-3-5 and the whole Georgia defense schemed to Jones’ strength alone and coming to steelers, he’ll have to play to fit the scheme not other way around. He’ll be 24 by season opener. He isn’t even strong enough to bullrush a LT, he’s a ROLB in our scheme so I’m questioning this pick.

  • steeltown

    I’ll agree he does have to improve in coverage and will need to work on his entire game, he is not polished

    Who are you referring to as RFA? Cortez? He’ll be a UFA at the end of his 4yr rookie contract..

  • Dan

    Well the starter will be determined at training camp, but I would agree it is highly unlikely that a rookie OLB starts in our defense when there is a talented 3-year vet ready to step in…unless there’s an injury of course. But what are the chances of that.
    And one more thing, you guys all need to be more positive on Woodley. He had one bad year. Let’s at least give until Sept to see if he is back in shape, before discussing the looming dead money from cutting him.

  • hergieburbur

    A lot of the reports stem from his poor pro day, and the poor shape he was in when he showed up for it. Even before that, WalterFootball was reporting that he doesn’t spend much time in the weight room or working up. You act like I am pulling this out of my ass. I am not.

    That said, it clearly didn’t show up as on issue on the tape, which is why the picked him. But the NFL is a whole nother level, and being in peak shape will be key. The last thing we want is another Woodley in terms of conditioning.

  • hergieburbur

    See my post above, it was more that some scouts saw that he was able to dominate without trying as hard in college because the competition level, even in the NFL, it lower.

  • Superdriller316

    Yeah, it was reported out of Geogia before the combine that Jones wouldn’t test well, then later that week jones said that he wouldn’t test at the combine. Kevin said that Jones passed the medical and feels good about it. Ok, I’m concerned as a fan still, but I’m not the FO.

    I’m feeling a little better about Jones now that he’s said he’s been working out with Ike. I’m still not sold, but like I said a couple weeks ago, I’m not running out and buying the Jersey just yet, but I will support him hoping for the best. I hope he doesn’t turn out to be a bad pick.

  • brad

    Jones is a monster. Look at The tape that is all over the internet. The guy may not beat up on Lt the way he did in Georgia but his pursuit will translate. If he stays healthy it will be fun. The dude chases and is freaking dangerous. Awesome to watch-heat seeking missile.

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