Steelers Rookie LB Jarvis Jones Says He Needs To Work On Dropping Into Coverage The Most

As expected, people are already speculating how the Pittsburgh Steelers will use outside linebacker Jarvis Jones on defense during his rookie season. For those of you that think Jones will see the field much on defense baring an injury, shame on you, as it is well known that rookie linebackers in Pittsburgh not named Kendrell Bell generally only play on special teams. If they are ready to see a little action by the end of the season or late in blowouts, consider that a blessing.

Many speculate that because Jones played in a 3-4 defense at Georgia that he will have no problems adapting to the Steelers defense, but the first-round draft pick admitted earlier this week in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he needs to still work on becoming a complete player. When asked what specific area of his game that he had been told by scouts and coaches that he needs to work on the most, Jones said dropping into coverage.

“First and foremost, I\’ve got to work on my craft throughout my game to continue to be a complete player,” said Jones. “Most of all, people in college, all they\’ve seen me do is pass rush, so I\’ve got to get more comfortable and I\’ve got to just keep pressing, and working on dropping back in coverage, because I wasn\’t asked to do that a lot in college. So that\’s one of the areas that people were kind of concerned about that I was hearing around the combine – that nobody was really seeing me drop in coverage. I actually dropped a little bit, and when I did, I think I did a pretty good job.”

Jones, as he mentioned, dropped very little while at Georgia. To think that he has a grasp of the angles and where to be in the seam and out in flat would be foolish to expect during his rookie year in the Dick LeBeau defense. As far as the rest of his game goes, Jones told the truth when he said that all he really has done up until this point is rush the passer. He needs to learn how to better take on run blocks and control the edge as these flaws show up easily on tape.

So what are the expectations for Jones in 2013? He\’ll play on special teams for starters and hopefully will get a lot of playing time during the preseason. Baring an injury to Jason Worilds or LaMarr Woodley, I would be surprised if he plays 100 snaps on defense this upcoming season and especially not in the nickel.

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  • SteelSpine

    Teams above us snatched the other guys who woulda been good picks at #17, so at our turn it looks like came down to either Jarvis or Eifert or trade down. Trade-down was out because this year teams below us were not likely to offer chart value. And sure enough, 2 spots below us #19 traded down & received only a 4th round pick for trading down to bottom of 1st round. So Jarvis was a BAA at a position of need, a fine pick for us.

    I read an article on here saying Worilds will be gone after this year because Woodley is signed through 2014. But that’s ignoring Woodley’s health. At the rate Woodley’s health went, Woodley could land on IR for 2014 or become a Willie Colon. In other words no guarantee we’ll get significant value outta Woodley in 2014. So we could be desperate for a LOLB for 2014, & Worilds knows LeBeau’s system; Steelers could therefore become desperate to re-sign Worilds, to be able to move Worilds to LOLB for 2014. That allows Jarvis to start at ROLB in 2014.

  • zyzak

    You’re right, Woodley has to stay the course because they will not sign Worlds again. Jones looks like he needs to put on some size. I compare him to Irvin from WVU. A pass rushing specialist

  • Josh

    3am posts with additional analysis on the Steelers 1st pick. what other nfl team has a blogger this dedicated?

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

    Regardless of what Woodley does, we are married to him until at least 2015 because of his dead hits. Hopefully Jarvis can push Worilds and Woodley to produce though.

  • nikgreene

    Not many NFL teams have a blogger incapable of regular sleep. It’s great for the fans but indicates another sleepless night for Dave.

  • nikgreene

    I understand rookie LBs never see significant snaps for Lebeau, but couldn’t they design specific pass rushing packages to take advantage of Jones strengths? I’d hate to see this guy fester on the bench for an entire season.
    Also, if the ESPN broadcast of the draft mentions “Manti Te’o country” again, I’m going to hang myself.

  • David Edward

    I’m glad he admitted his weaknesses.That’s the first step to humility. I know a lot of people on here watched his highlight videos and raved about him, but if you watch regular scouting tape you notice that he rarely dropped back and didn’t look natural doing so…nor did he look natural in containment on the edge. That being said he does have an explosive first step which I think in the end made up for his lack of closing speed in the Steelers eyes. Plus he’s a good tackler. It’s important for people to remember that success on the field in college doesn’t necessarily mean that player will be successful in the NFL. Once he gets into camp, he will see how athletic NFL players are and how fast the speed of the game really is. It’s what he does then and after in terms of work and development that will determine his success. Of course I wish him well and hope he’s the next Harrison.

  • DoctorNoah

    For some reason everyone thinks Worilds sucks. Honestly, we groom LB’s for three years. Look at the past decade and a half. Worlds might be the next big thing. There’s no reason to think he’s gone after this year.

  • DoctorNoah

    Here, here. We love you Dave!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.sanford.923 Bill Sanford

    Don’t worry fans, if the rest of the draft goes like the first round, we will be drafting in the top 10 for quite a while. And maybe with some better evaluators doing the drafting, who knows, we might get back to 9-7.

  • zyzak

    His contract is up and this draft pick tells me that they have already replaced him in 2014. With all of their needs they took a chance on a player with spinal stenosis., instead of a player like Eifort that could play this year and help Ben win now. Jones is a boom or bust pick, and his contract will be a lot cheaper than if they even wanted to re-siign Worlds

  • LouPGH

    The guy isn’t in a wheelchair. He was uber productive at Georgia, so I am not sure why everyone thinks he is suddenly going to have problems. If he has the disease at all — and some doctors think it was a misdiagnosis, which can happen — it is a degenerative disease that he will likely have to deal with later in life, long after his rookie contract and probably not until a time his career might have ended anyway.

    Also, I’m not sure where people are getting the impression the Steelers only need two OLBs. Being able to get after the QB every down for four quarters is a good thing.

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

    Well said. Go Steelers!!…on to round 2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wilkes420 Christopher Wilkes

    With 4.9 speed he’s only gonna be able to work on his coverage abilities so much. Not like our other OLBs are any good at it either.

  • Ahmad

    Well he has a great coaching staff in Dick LeBeau and Keith Butler to help him become better in coverage.

  • Paul

    Agree! This pick is so dag on stupid, I can’t even believe it. We need Safety help, but yet they make a move for a OLB that’s slow as my grandmother! Really? We could use CB help as well, but we don’t address that. We even have MLB need, but they address this bum. I truly believe he will be a bust in the league. Another pitiful draft for the front office. Look at our picks the last 3 years. After the first round, we miss all the time. Hopefully this guy changes my mind, because he doesn’t look like a Suggs clone. Just my opinion!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wilkes420 Christopher Wilkes

    Your fault for watching ESPN.

  • steeltown

    Sooo many haters… support your Team or F off!

    How can anyone really gauge how good this kid will be.. or what will happen with Worilds…or whatever

    OLB’s are the bread and butter of the Steelers 3-4… more the merrier

    Update: I apologize if the “F off” comment hurt anyones feelings..so much negativity I stooped down to a level. I think what I was trying to say is, lets wait and see, the future is not set

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Well put, to all of that.

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    Yeah, Worlids is definitely gone.

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    NFL Network had better coverage. The only thing that sucked was all the commercials. The way they went, they basically skipped over any analysis of the Steelers. I wasn’t too happy about that.

  • steeltown

    He’s 245lbs… thats around what Harrison’s playing weight is

  • steeltown

    Do you guys remember how often injured our LB’s have been?? What if Woodley misses games again.. you think they wont re-sign Worilds if Woodley continues to struggle with production or injury, wrong

    Come 2015 it could be Worilds and Jones on the outsides… who really knows?

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

    You can never have enough, that’s for sure. I wonder if he will wear 92..just a reverse of his college number.

  • steeltown

    Better coverage but they skipped analysis? NFL Net is terrible.. too many commercials AND Deon Sanders and Irvin and Mooch and Sapp etc… spare me, not to say ESPN is great or anything, but its the lesser of two evils

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

    Ha! Definitely rope and chair material..

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    I have to disagree, there is nothing wrong with giving a negative opinion. To support anything when you disagree is stupid. It doesn’t make the person a “hater”.

    It is only somewhat possible to guage how good he will be. That is what every scout, coach, and GM has been trying to do for every player.

    It is easy to see Worlids is gone. Woodley is more talented and will start at LOLB. As I replied to you before, 1st rou.ders are not for depth or insurance. By making this pick they made a statement. Which is, they have very little faith in Worlids and they think Jones is way more talented and too good to pass up. If Worlids goes to the pro bowl,this year he is still done. They have too much money tied up in Woodley to let him go. If Worlids was a

  • steeltown

    Exactly… they will mold an already excellent specimen into a more dominating force, I trust

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    As talented as Woodley this pick wouldn’t have happened.

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    So don’t be a “hater” let other people give their opinion or get the F off
    a Steelersopinion site. Don’t br mad if you can’t think of an intelligent thing to say back. Poor baby

  • David Edward

    Lol…I thought that same thing and posted it last night. Really, his only options are 92 or 91…or maybe 98 if Hampton doesn’t resign

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    They skipped the Steelersanalysisdue to the commercials. I don’t really like Sapp but I like most of the other guys. Rich is awesome and Sandersiis hilarious he was made for that type of TV. Jamie Dukes Mooch,, Irvin, they ate all good. I just hate when guys on there get all emotional and talk about their chilhood and stuff. Maybe they need a NFL hour on lifetime. NFL AM isn’t too good.

  • steeltown

    Yes, but you’re missing the point.. how can you gauge what will happen, maybe Woodley continues to struggle with injury, maybe by 2015 Worilds and Jones are the starters… who knows….maybe Worilds or Woodley go on IR sometime during the season… so for RIGHT NOW JJ is depth and he is insurance because make no mistake Worilds will start in 2013….after that, again, Who. Knows.

    And its not a ‘statement’ pick… the Steelers let the draft come to them, players fall, they almost always pick BPA

  • David Edward

    Wow, some real intense comments here but I always love the passion of us Steeler fans. Truth be told, people often go to extremes when stating their opinion..as in this guy sucks or that guy’s great, this coach is stupid or I trust everything they do. In reality, it’s usually somewhere in between. Not every player who looks good on film or is productive in college ends up being a good NFL player, and some guys do better in NFL than you would expect. Coaches make mistakes and sometimes even stupid ones but they are human too. GM’s make bad picks sometimes and other times they get it right. Ultimately, as fans, we have the right to voice our opinion…critical or praise…because that’s what the NFL is here for…us fans…otherwise they would all be getting paid like the rest of us ordinary people.

  • steeltown

    Was this directed at me…?

    How old are you?

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    Jones and Woodleyare the future OLBs of the Steelers. It is obvious Worlids is done. The only thing to question is how much playing time will Jones see year one. He could start becauseof injury or because Worlids stinksof

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wilkes420 Christopher Wilkes

    You fuck off. Personally I like the pick a lot, although I really wanna see some offensive selections, but I also appreciate both positive and negative responses. I think everyone here supports the Steelers or we wouldn’t bother being here.

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    Mobile sucks. I didn’t even want OLB in this draft and I wanted offense in the first few rounds. I thought Worlids would get his shot. Turns out if he does it will be on another team. There is no question about thar

  • steeltown

    Oh boy.. no need to get personal, it was a generalization. Opinion and/or speculation is one thing.. some people seem to have a crystal ball though… ha, laughin it off

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wilkes420 Christopher Wilkes

    Yeah and I was telling you to ‘generally’ fuck off too.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Agreeing with that.

  • steeltown

    Wow…calm down, supposedly we’re all Steeler fans

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

    If anything, this pick could spell the end of Carter or Robinson. I really do not see Worilds going anywhere. Right now and for the near future, Jones is a depth pick at a position in which we just lost a defensive MVP in Harrison. We still have to carry 4 or 5 OLBs on the 53 right? In very limited snaps, Worilds topped Woodley in sacks so I am not ready to send him packing just yet.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    U cant just look at combine speed & weight. Jones has football speed, quickness, knack for making plays, great instincts at OLB… all those factors are obvious in films of Jones. Must watch him.

    Vaccaro was gone. OLB was one of many positions of need for us & theres a big dropoff from Jones to the remaining OLB prospects.

  • steeltown

    Agreed.. and not saying Jones isnt the starter come 2014.. but to write off Worilds altogether is alittle premature

  • RMSteeler

    Dropping into coverage not as big a concern if Lake continues his excellent work with the secondary. LB’s do need to get better with TE slant coverage however. Jones plays much faster on game tape than his workout 40 time. Football IQ, tape study, good angle selection and recognition time can all compensate for straight line speed. LB’s typically work in a 15 yd area. If the play goes past that, somebody else likely didn’t do their job, or a savvy QB/OC exploited a probable weakness in the defense they read. I expect Worilds to have a great year if no major injury. If there is a major injury to him or Woodley, I would expect to see a big dose of JJ earlier than expected as we’ve seen on the offensive side in recent years due to injury. It may not be pretty to begin with (see Adams/Gilbert), but nothing takes the place of actual game experience. Also, JJ will be 28 when his rookie contract is up. OLB will have to be a consideration at least every couple of years.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    There was a big dropoff of OLB prospects after Jones. Before draft, NFL gurus who studied more film of Jones than the couple of vids i saw of him, figured Jones will be ready to play OLB in pros sooner than any other draft prospect. An alternative was was us wait til later to draft another Chris Carter. Anyone who doesnt think we needed another OLB wants to re-live the first ~5 games of last season which were a nightmare at OLB.

  • walter mason

    I asked this question before. Didnt Woodley start in his first year?

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Amen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wilkes420 Christopher Wilkes

    lol, and once again you’re making another assumption. Don’t throw punches if you have a glass chin.

  • David Edward

    No, he played but didn’t start. In ’08 he took over for Haggans when he left for Pittsburgh West.

  • dgh57

    No he didn’t start his rookie year. Clark Haggans was the starter in 2007 and he left to sign with the Cardinals. Woodley took over in 2008.

  • clique .

    1st rounders not used for depth did cam heyward start last year or did he spell guys?

  • walter mason

    Ok thanks. Consider this he had just as many sacks in 2007 as he did in 2012. (4)

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    Heyward and Hood were very poor first round choices. It is ridiculous he hasn’t been able to start over old beard yet. Drafting first round guys for depth is a good way to have a lousy team.

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    Probably younger than you and definitely smarter. I was calling you a crybaby obviously. What a dumb thing to ask me like my age is relevent to what i said. Since you are probably old stop saying stuff like “hater”. It’s lame at any age.

  • steeltown

    Haha.. Im not very old, like that would matter. I asked because you are acting like a child.. that is all