SacMan Jones Is Turning Into BatMan Jones At Steelers Training Camp

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones uses the handle @SacManJones_29 on Twitter which is certainly a reference to all of the sacks he had during his career at Georgia. Judging by the reports coming out of Latrobe the last few weeks, Jones might could get away with using BatManJones_29 as his handle as well.

According to Mike Prisuta of DVE Radio, Jones had a solid practice Wednesday and it included him batting away three passes from would-be pass catchers during the final 11-on-11 period. Prisuta also adds that Jones batted away those three passes in three different situations and he detailed each of them in his report.

“You just gotta add some more packages to your game,” Jones told Prisuta after practice. “You can’t be one-dimensional. I think I had a couple bat-downs at the University of Georgia. Here, I’m just coming off the ball, reading and reacting and playing football.”

Last week, a few of the media posted on Twitter that Jones had a few tipped balls to his credit and that he actually came down with one of them for an interception. That certainly is music to the ears of Steelers fans.

Jones has admitted several times since the Steelers drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft that he didn\’t drop into coverage much while playing at Georgia, but so far during training camp he appears to be picking up that skill quickly.

Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Wednesday on Twitter that Jones put on a clinic at the end of practice and that it is time the rookie graduates from the third-team.

Jones, who recorded 28 total sacks over the course of the last two seasons, is attempting to become the first Steelers defensive rookie to start a season opener since linebacker Kendrell Bell accomplished the feat in 2001.

Jones quest for the starting right outside linebacker spot goes live this Saturday night as he will make his NFL debut Saturday night in the preseason opener against the New York Giants at Heinz Field and hopefully we will see both the SacMan and BatMan make their debuts as well.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    see when you said Batman i thought he showed up in a mask and cape and beat up a guy stealing a woman’s purse… but yeah knocking down passes is good to, not as good but still good

  • Mike.H

    knocking down passes is good *too not *to
    I go *to work
    *Too much sugar on my cereal
    *to whomever…
    I *too, wish the Steelers win the Superbowl.

    [ tomorrow, I’ll cover grammatical differences of — There, Their, and They’re] Stay tuned…Steelers fans.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Don’t start another Holocaust over a typo grammar Nazi…

  • westcoasteeler

    Yinz gonna listen up..Stillers goin to da Superbowl!!!

    …have fun with that one

  • Madi

    I thought Jones had been on the 2nd team for awhile now.

  • pittsburghjoe

    If he can drop into coverage and rush the passer, it will add a whole new dimension to the defense. JH was one dimensional, but a master of his dimension.

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    You are a collossall d-bag, Mike. Just sayin’….

  • Steeldave

    Save it Mike noone cares.

  • JohnnyV1

    That’s encouraging!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The greatest interception in SB history was done by Harrison…not sure he was one dimensional not to mention he was great at stopping the run which makes him 3 dimensional.

  • Intropy

    Harrison’s one dimension was OLB, duh.

  • Bell Cow

    Where are all the Jarvis Jones haters at? I read the comments and listened to audio on this site a few weeks ago and it was littered with people (including Dave and Dave Te) bashing the kid for various reasons. I’m starting to get the feeling those haters/doubters will be regretting those comments once the season begins.

  • Steve

    I am a Jarvis Jones fan, but realisticly don’t think he will be starting the 1st regular season game. We have talked here about the guys in front of him and what he still needs to learn before making 1st team. Jarvis will be a player to be reconed with in years to come and I am glad to see him having a good camp, but once the regular season starts he will be learning on the sidelines as most rookies do.

  • 2443scott

    kid wants to play not sit on bench for 4 years till his contract runs out….i hope he gets chances to play in preseason and not in plays where it didnt matter who was in but in plays that will and can show what he can or cant do .

  • Bell Cow

    Generally I would agree with you, but unlike years past this team is depending upon rookies in year 1 to contribute and Jarvis is one of those guys. He may not be a starter by week 1, but he’ll certainly see the field quite a bit and I expect he’ll become a starter at some point this season.

  • Pete

    The difference with Jones is that he played the 3-4 in college so he’s not having to be stripped down and rebuilt as a DE would and take a couple years to learn the OLB position. This means at his learn rate we may see Jones as the starting ROLB sometime this season. By the sounds of things coming out of camp he’s looking great. That’s what I want to hear. Worilds is looking over his shoulder and I really do feel sorry for the guy.

  • Bob Loblaw

    I think the fact that Harrison was terrible in coverage is part of what makes that such a great play.

    And don’t try and say you didn’t cringe each time Harrison dropped into coverage last year. If I’m cringing, opposing QBs must salivate when they see him dropping back.

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    I don’t know what some of you were watching– James Harrison was/is a 3-dimensional defender,

    In the span of a few snaps as a backup behind Joey Porter in 2005, he picked off a Charger’s pass intended for Tomlinson and then vaulted over him on the runback in a spectacular feat of athleticism.

    He owns the longest(?) SB interception TD return in NFL history.

    I rarely remember him getting burned in coverage– maybe my perception, but I always recall him knocking opposing WRs out of the game?

  • joed32

    Has Worilds ever been healthy for a whole season? I think he should get the 1st shot at the job but if he misses any time he could easily lose it.

  • Luke Shabro

    I was a Jarvis Jones hater. This guy. Right here. I honestly listened to what Dave Te and Dave were saying and I was seriously concerned that we had someone who couldn’t care less about practice but that sure doesn’t seem to be the case. I was honestly not psyched when they drafted him and it wasn’t because of the 40 time or the stenosis. I had a buddy who is a UGA Dawgs fan and told me Jones was an awesome pick and that he’d be a beast. Time will tell but so far I’m really happy to be wrong!

  • Luke Shabro

    I don’t hate Worilds and I was kind of hoping he would get a shot this year but if he was good enough he’d have been starting last year. Woodley overtook Clark Haggans and they dumped him. Worilds is consistently banged up and what worried me even more is that Keith Butler said he was having trouble with the mental aspect of the game. In your 3rd year and you still haven’t caught up? Not good enough for a second round pick. Unfortunately for Worilds most of us will remember him as a pedestrian player who was chosen over Sean Lee

  • steeltown

    Good to hear.. really good to hear

  • WilliamSekinger

    I’m tired of hearing about Worilds’ various injuries. I think he should get the 1st shot at a seat on the bench.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I never thought him to be great in coverage but he was adequate. Ask some of the Browns receivers how he was in coverage?

  • Steeler Wheeler

    I have a UGA fan buddy. He’s high on JJ and also was high on Dwyer and several other UGA products that weren’t very good. Be careful of poor judgement from Homer fans. That said, I’m a huge ‘Cuse fan and Shamarko is going straight to the HOF, fans are gonna say how much better he is than that Troy Pola-something? !!!!

  • Luke Shabro

    Haha. I’m a Hokies and Wolverines fan (weird I know) but I can take off the homer glasses. I was really hoping Worilds would become great because of that but no such luck so far. Steelers haven’t had too much success with former Hokies as of late. Nathaniel Adibi (2004), Cedric Humes (2006) Jason Worilds (2010)

  • steeltown

    As recently as last season he was healthy and participated in all 16games..I think he was the only OLB to play in all 16 games in ’12

  • joed32

    You’re right I hadn’t notice that, it just seemed that he was always hurting in some way. Poor memory that I can blame on old age. 73.

  • steeltown

    Well, its easily overlooked, he seems to be hurt in camp every year