Steelers Rookie LB Jarvis Jones Admits He Didn\’t Use Great Technique Against The Giants

Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler talked Monday about the play Saturday night of rookie Jarvis Jones in the preseason opener against the New York Giants and he noted several things that he has to work on.

On Tuesday, Jones, who registered one fumble recovery and two combined tackles during his 41 snaps of playing time, critiqued his debut in a Steelers uniform.

“I felt like I didn’t play as well as I could have,” Jones told “I didn’t use my technique the way I should have. I didn’t use great technique on a lot of plays. I went with the flow. I didn’t change my technique.”

This certainly isn\’t surprising to hear and it is good of Jones to honestly admit his faults.

During his playing time, Jones rushed the passer 16 times and dropped into coverage a total of 9 times. That left the remaining 16 plays being against the run and on a few of those he didn\’t set the edge properly.

Even though Jones played in a 3-4 defense while at Georgia, it still will make it hard for him to overtake Jason Worilds as the starter by the season opener, but now that his first game is behind him, he certainly knows what is expected of him at the NFL level.

“When you are out there you have to bring it. You have to be on point. You have to know what you are doing. It you don’t, it shows up on tape,” he said.

  • falconsaftey43

    It will be interesting to see if he makes any improvement in the second game. I did find it a little concerning that he didn’t flash more as a pass rusher, he didn’t look particularly explosive or deceptive with his moves. Hopefully he makes some adjustments and improvements in game two.

  • Mike.H

    Javis would’ve had a sack had the RB #35 not stayed back and blocked.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    It seems to me he needs to play lower if he wants to be a 3 down player.

  • falconsaftey43

    True, but it was his assignment to block Jarvis, and he won the battle. Can’t make excuses, especially in the vain of he would have gotten there if he wasn’t blocked. But your point is taken. He really needs to dip and rip a little more on the edge occasionally. Bull rush and spin to the inside would help too, he was just too predictable running around the end each time. Chalk that up to being his first game, looking forward to watching what he does against Washington.

  • Jack Gardner

    Exactly, Jones may have gotten there but he was handled by Andre Brown!

    Plus I thought Jones looked quick around the edge, which is good! But I agree with ‘ FalconSaftey43 ‘ he needs to add a bull rush and spin so he’s not so predictable! I’m sure he’ll do that, but It’s gonna take some time! In the end he’s going to be a phenomenal Player!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I wouldn’t be as concerned if he wasn’t against lesser talent. If he was against the starters fine but he should be dominating these guys IMO. Demontre Moore did to us what I feel Jones should have done to them. I am still hopeful but I have had my doubts from the start.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Jarvis will be fine. Glad he understands that it’s not college and everyone on the field is a pro. First game was not his best did show some flash. He should only get better after this game. Attitude is everything he seems like he’s very coachable and willing to learn. That can go along way in a pro career but only time will tell.

  • dgh57

    I was expecting about what I saw out there as a guy trying to get the feel of his first NFL game. He will learn as each game is played. So I’m going to show some patience with the guy after all just one game has been played and he’s a rookie.


    he needed an inside spin move on that back

  • TxSteeler

    He’s a smart young man and he’ll learn because he loves the game. This kid will be special.

  • joed32

    Yes he does. Butler said he has some good inside moves but they want to emphasize him keeping containment for right now. They run a lot of stunts and they don’t want him freelancing and disrupting someone else. He will learn when it’s OK and when it’s not OK to go inside. I hope!

  • Jeffrey Brown

    Polamalu was nothing special his first preseason game. Just sayin

  • Marcus

    I think he played fine for it being his first pro game. I think we will get a better idea in the next couple games of where he is.

    Just keep improving.. that’s all you can ask for.

  • Joy Cook

    Ziggy hood sucks.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Seriously Dave, this drive by comment is okay and my retort isnt?

  • diehard

    Jarvis Jones will be a stud but I agree with the comment about Ziggy hood. He does suck.

  • Dean Hawkins

    Vanilla defense,relax people as some of you sound like the weird and whiny fans i here in some other markets as i truck drown the highway. Jarvis is truly dominant, however he needs to learn the Steelers way and that learning curve is slowing him down right now.

  • Dean Hawkins

    I hope your wrong about Ziggy