How Fast Jarvis Jones Recovers Could Dictate Whether Or Not He Starts Opener

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones has developed very fast during the offseason, but the sprain that he suffered to his chest might just prevent him from becoming the starter at right outside linebacker for a few more weeks, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

“He was until the injury,” Tomlin said when asked if the first-round draft was in the running to be the starter. “When and how he comes back from that will dictate that. We have been excited about what he has done to this point and the potential upside in his game in the future.”

While it is just a matter of when and not if Jones becomes the starter, it’s obvious that the coaching staff is happy with his progress up until this point. While he has yet to register a sack during the preseason, the football magnet inside of Jones has resulted in him forcing one fumble, recovering another fumble and intercepting a deflected pass that was ultimately negated by a penalty. Those qualities certainly can’t be ignored, and he should only get better as a pass rusher.

Jones will not play Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers, but that’s not surprising due to the nature of his injury. He has shown enough during the preseason and in the process is making the teams that decided to pass on him in the 2013 NFL Draft look foolish right now.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    He is a playmaker, and playmakers can’t be kept off the field.

  • Jason Brant

    It makes me laugh when I think back to Dave-Te’ Thomas absolutely trashing Jones on The Terrible Podcast.

  • steeltown

    Soo funny how many Jarvis naysayers there were way back when… as Bryan said this guy should only get better

  • steeltown

    There were A LOT of people trashing this kid, hopefully he continues to shut the shiz talkers up!

  • TJimmy

    The title of this article is true for all injured starters on all teams

  • PA2AK

    Great observation. Excellent input to the content. I’ll go out on a limb and say that he chose the headline because JJ was/is not actually a starter yet. Thus, implying that he has a real possibility to be a starter soon and it is largely dependent upon his health.

    Just so my sarcasm is not lost on you…You should add something to the conversation next time. Also, realize that in your smart@$$ remark…you actually made yourself look foolish. “…for all injured starters on all teams.” You do realize the headline was written for a player that is actually NOT currently a starter? Or are you just trolling at an astoundingly feckless level?

  • PA2AK

    Hey I was a doubter…only because of the injury skeptics out there. After the pick, there was lots of information (specifically Butler’s analysis) that put me at ease quickly. I was still doubting that he would be a week 1 starter. The run D/holding the edge seemed to be a problem for him, but I think he’s picking that up as well. Also hard to keep someone off the field that is involved in a positive turnover every game.

  • TJimmy

    Everyone knows that Jones would be in the starter rotation already. No news there

  • PA2AK

    except for everyone that hasn’t seen his name first in a depth chart. he’s a rookie and no one has yet dubbed him as the starter week 1. He definitely has a shot…hence the title of the article.

  • cencalsteeler

    Out of respect to Worilds, my hunch says he will get the opening day start. But, it really should be a non issue for they plan on rotating between the 3 anyways. I honestly think that is a brilliant idea. Pass rushers have tendencies. Coaches plan and tackles and tight ends figure it out as the game goes on. Now with a rotation, it keeps lineman off balance, keeps coaches guessing, and keeps our pass rush fresh well into the latter stages of the game.

  • Bob Graff

    First off he Hasn’t made 1 play yet. Second if anyone hasn’t notice this is one very poorly coached football team. I really like my Steelers but these guys are just poorly coached. Let me give you some examples 1, who throws a 2 yard out pattern? answer Haley. who just keep running the same play that lost more yards than any team in the NFL ? Haley 87 times last year that stupid inside draw that never gains a yard. Any high school kid can run a 5.0 / 40 do you really think Jones has a shot at catching any of these new age QB’S dream.We need talent not B.S. look at our db’s tonight [ poorly coached ] GET WITH IT STEELERS.

  • Chris92021

    Jarvis Jones starts, you can count on consistent pressure to the QB, something we have not had since 2010.

  • Luke Shabro

    I really enjoy listening to Dave-Te’ but he’s been off on a few things. Maybe Jarvis had practice issues in college but it sounds like (maybe due to vets like Keisel, Foote and now Timmons) that he’s been working really hard and earning his spot. Good character kid. I’ve been pleasantly surprised. I was not a fan of the Jarvis pick at all and I’ll be the first to admit it. He’s proving me wrong big time!

  • Luke Shabro

    Calm down Bob. It was preseason game. 4th game is where a lot of the guys who won’t be making the roster play. The coaching staff is far more concerned preparing for week 1 than they are for the final preseason game. I don’t think anyone can say Carnell Lake has poor coaching. The guy is turning out studs from third round picks and less. 40 times mean jacksh*t to me. Suggs had an awful 40 time and he’s been torturing us for years. All the Chicken Littles in Steeler Nation need to just pump the brakes and calm down. The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The worst season Tomlin has ever had is 8-8. Until we post a losing record I’m not going to lose my mind. Keep Calm and Go Steelers!

  • Bob Graff

    I know it’s only preseason. But this is far from an established group and you would have thought that by now you would see something that resembles good team football. And as far as Suggs goes he’s much larger and faster than Jones and when your running a 5.0 40 and need to gain bulk , well it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out he’s just very slow. And one more thing so far Carnell Lake has yet to prove his worth as a coach in the NFL, Not that he will not [ BUT]. This team is obviously in transition and there are signs of slippage.The most obvious being poor drafting and coaching which leads to what we have today. [this ain’t the Steelers from three years ago] They should have used this preseason to become a better football team,


    I must say Bob…you’re nothing if not consistent with this opinion…lol.

    With no input from the game last night other than to note that Felix Jones will probably make the 53 and make some plays for this team. I think they will play better against the non-playoff teams this year…I wouldn’t be surprised to see the OFC be shaky early…no Heath, and the OL play imo is not playoff ready.

    Haley…I wouldn’t show anything new in the preseason…especially with a conference game on tap 1st…I expect more passing to the RBs…especially in no huddle with LSH. I’m concerned about the middle of the field that Miller made such a comfort zone for Ben.

    10-6 is what I’m thinking right now…you’re right, they (his preseason splash plays) don’t count, but we continue to disagree about J. Jones…he will make plays for this defense.

  • Bob Graff

    Well the one opinion that has changed, is that i think in time DeCastro can develop into a pretty good guard. He just needs some seasoning all the ability is there.Same is true with Wheaton and S.Thomas. I hope you are right, i too thought the possibility for a 10-6 season was realistic, but after looking at all the turnover in personnel[we will open with 8-9 different starters than last year] it’s hard to sell that. That’s why i thoughts playing good team football was very important this preseason.

  • Madi

    I agree. The only foolish option to me is to keep one of them on the bench.

  • steel curtain

    being a dawgs fan and a lifelong steelers fan , trust me guys ,we did really good with jarvis