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 steelers.com. “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.