Rookie LB Jarvis Jones Says He Fully Understands The Steeler Way

It\’s been exactly two months now since the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and the rookie said in a Tuesday morning interview on NFL AM that he certainly understands what the organization expects from him moving forward.

“When you walk in the building you can feel the intensity and just being around those guys,” said Jones, who is currently in Ohio for the annual NFL Rookie Symposium. “The Pittsburgh Steelers are all about winning; we\’re all about being physical and making it a point to when we step on the field. I\’m glad to be part of this organization; I got some great teammates and guys that have been helping out since I\’ve been there. Just from days back you know the Steelers always have been physical and love playing defense; we try to keep the tradition going.”

During the interview, Jones was asked what it has been like playing for Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau so far this offseason and once again, he showed that he fully understands the history associated with that opportunity.

“Coach LeBeau is a great coach; he\’s a Hall of Famer – had some of the best defenses throughout the years, and we want to continue that,” said Jones. “As far as me and my situation, I got to come in and try to learn as fast as I can. We got a history around here that they don\’t play rookies, and I\’m just going to do everything I can to be ready when my name is called. I\’m not going to make any prediction or anything, just going to try to prepare myself the best way I can, and once I do get that opportunity; I want to take full advantage of it.”

Despite the fact that LeBeau usually shies away from starting rookies on his defense right out of the gate, Jones maintains that he will be ready whenever his defensive coordinator needs him.

“I try to do everything I can to have myself ready when my name is called whenever that may be,” said Jones. “I\’ll be ready for it – just continue to study my plays, be in the best condition that I can be in and be the best shape in and just be ready so when I do get the opportunity. Like I said, I want to take full advantage of it.”

So has Jones enjoyed the symposium so far?

“It\’s been great,” said Jones. “We learned a lot and we had a lot of great speakers come in and tell us about their experience. A couple of rookies from last year to come in and tell us how they adjusted to the league as far as playing, dealing with injuries, family situations and a lot of stuff they\’ve been through. So a lot of information being given out this week, and I\’m just trying to take it all in.”

  • Jason White

    Im so excited to see what Jarvis does in the preseason as well as the rest of the rookies.

  • Jason Brant

    Seems like a great kid.

  • Randy Neff

    The knock on Jarvis leading up to the draft of being a loafer in practice doesn’t seem like it will be an issue. He sure is saying all the right things right now. Love his attitude.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I was against picking Jones because that is what I heard about him also but from what I have heard since he has been with the Steelers is anything but that. Cant wait to see him in preseason action

  • TJimmy

    I like his attitude

  • steves

    Some people are NOT good at practicing and that’s what it is for,, to get the problems ironed out. This is NOT football related, but Lucille Ball was terrible at practicing her part. When the camera man said “Roll-em”, she was one of the best at making you laugh. As long as Jarvis plays his part on the Defence when he is in, I could care less how he practices. Besides a lot of vets take it easy during the week to heal them old war wounds.
    A famous QB coming out of college was bad mouthed that he was into smoking pot. His stock dropped and was passed over by many teams, including the Steelers. He had a rocket for an arm and could zing the ball. It Turns out that Danny Marino turned out to be an excellent QB for the Dolpins and out played many in his draft class.

  • Stephen Dale

    IMO, J Jones is too slow, too old, and has too much of a medical problem to have been the Steeler’s #1 draft choice and have so much riding on his success. That said, IMO he will be a disappointing player for Pittsburgh and, possibly in the future, a disruptive player on and off the field. He has “bust” written all over him. I suspect the Steeler’s FO will soon rue the day Tomlin convinced them to draft this guy.

  • timmmy

    huh? LOL…

  • joed32

    And just how do you know it was Tomlin’s call and not Colbert’s?

  • steeltown

    Seems like we drafted a whole group of great kids this year… emphasis maybe…?

  • steeltown

    Alittle early for the sky is falling bit.. lets wait and see, maybe 2-3yrs before we know his true potential. He’s only 23yrs old, yes he’s not 20 or 21 like some others but whatever he’s still a pup. The guy had 28sacks over a 2yr span and 44tackles for loss over that time as well, you don’t pass up that production.. especially considering Harrison is now playing for the Bengals

  • steeltown

    Jarvis might get the nod at some point this season, if history has taught us anything our OLB’s tend to get injured and miss atleast a game or two throughout the season. Hopefully any potential injury to Woodley or Worilds is minor, but that said I see Jarvis getting some in-game experience

  • cencalsteeler

    I agree with you. Most of the Steelers draft class were captains on their college teams.

  • westcoasteeler

    IMO, your opinion is terrible.

  • Luke Shabro

    I agree as well. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Jarvis pick but he’s definitely saying all the right stuff. This is my favorite group of rookies since Maurkice Pouncey’s group in 2010. Granted Pouncey, Sanders and Brown are the only major contributors from that class but none of them were bad character guys. I don’t consider Worilds to be a bust like some people but we all know his days in Pitt are numbered now.

    Of this group hopefully Jones becomes the star he has the potential to be, Bell will become a bellcow back. Wheaton will be a starting wideout hopefully. I don’t expect him to always take the top off the coverage like Wallace but he seems to be a more complete receiver. Landry hopefully will be a long term backup at worst. I think Shamarko will def. be the heir apparent to Troy (doesn’t have Troy’s natural instincts maybe), hopefully Hawthorne can start in a couple years. Vince Williams will provide depth. Justin Brown I don’t see making the 53 but maybe the practice squad, MAYBE. Nick Williams has a long way to go. He could either end up as a Keisel type or Ryan McBean. In actuality I’m sure only 3-4 of these guys will give us much of anything. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

  • John Mazza

    dang man always trolling this site. idiots always hating on everything

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I don’t see Jones starting at all but I definitely can see him playing in a 2-5-4 situation plenty. He should be seeing more PT than Woodley had in his rookie year. I love Jarvis Jones as a prospect, hate that he’s replacing James Harrison (if that makes any sense) but can’t complain. The tide is looking up.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Even I think his ceiling is much lower than any rookie in our class but that doesn’t take away from what he can do. Like Ziggy Hood (I have used this comparison one too many times but for good reasons) he is better off utilitized in a different 3-4, not the currently one we employs so either he’s our “Paul Kruger, the pass-rusher” or he’s a read and react lb in a future new 3-4. I’m hoping for the latter because pairing ziggy with jones on same side will only spell doom for every opponent.

  • Don

    Steeler Way is that simple??????
    A rookie with no NFL snaps completely understands it ???
    C’mon man…