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Steelers Wanting To Break Rookie LB Jarvis Jones Of Inside Habit


In order for Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones to reach his full potential, linebackers coach Keith Butler thinks he needs to work on a few things.

While at Georgia, Jones often times used his inside pass rush move as his bread and butter. While Butler acknowledged to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette how effective that move was for Jones, he also explained why his young linebacker won\'t be able to use it all the time with the Steelers.

"He has a great inside move," Butler told Bouchette. "He is as quick as anybody and, when he gets that inside move on you, it\'s very hard to stop him from getting to the quarterback. He\'s very good at that.

"But ... we have a lot of things going on inside him with stunts and games and things like that, that if he does go inside he\'s going to run into somebody. And so we don\'t want to put him in a position where he\'s running into someone else\'s rush lane. We want to keep him outside.

"It\'s not just all him doing what he wants to all the time. He\'s got to do what the defense requires more than anything else."

In addition, Butler also told Bouchette that Jones needs to add a power move to his pass rushing arsenal. Butler calls the move "Walking the Dog," where a pass rusher will push a tackle back into the quarterback like he is on roller skates.

Jones has heavy hands according to former Steelers offensive lineman Tunch Ilkin, who thinks and that should help him in his development of a power move.

In the preseason opener Saturday night against the New York Giants, Jones showed he has quickness, but he never really threatened the quarterback during his 16 pass rushing opportunities. Several times, Jones tried to gain the edge, but without success. He did record a fumble recover and two tackles during the game, but was a non factor outside of those three plays.

Jones will get to show what he learned from his first game action next Monday against the Washington Redskins.

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  • Patrick

    The kid wants to learn, something Worilds refuses to do

  • AndyR34

    And what is the factual basis for this comment? Or are you just trolling…as usual?

  • Patrick

    Ask worilds wtf he was doing the other night? He is just average at best. Not good in PC at all, he can’t be taking penalties along with his other shortcomings. DUMB

  • steeltown

    Worilds had 3tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss and a QB hit in 27 total snaps.. that’s not too shabby

    The penalties were dumb, but can be equated to being too aggressive, which can hurt you in the regular season, but its better than being a none factor (e.g. C.Carter)

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Carter is more worthless then breast’s on a boar.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I am not big on Worlids but he is the best we have ATM. Like steeltown said he was effective in the game just has to cut out the dumb mistakes.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Worlids played decent minus the penalties. This is a contract year for Jason so he’s gonna be aggressive and try and make some plays. He’s not a bust he was actually right behind J Harrison with his sacks per snaps last season. To Jason’s defense when he and Woodley were in the game together last season teams had more sucess running at Woodley than J Worlids. Also he’s got a rookie JJ breathing down his neck ready to take over the starting OLB job so that might make him a little over aggressive.

  • tpalya

    That maybe true but it doesn’t mean he isn’t a slacker.

  • PA2AK

    Must be the injuries that make him a slacker?

  • Mike.H

    What separates a Star from a scrub is one step. Gain that precious step.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I honestly believe that if he was a slacker he wouldn’t be in camp today.

  • AndyR34

    Well Patrick…still waiting for the facts to support your statement that Worilds refuses to learn. Without facts, you are just substituting hyperbole for substance…contributing nothing to the discussion. I have on occasion done that myself unfortunately.

  • DAYSNWAYS

    I know Woodley didn’t play s much as Worilds, but he didn’t even make the stat sheet,…lol….

  • cencalsteeler

    Agree. I thought Worilds had a solid performance outside of those two penalties. Both of those penalties were a result of him overplaying, which is a good problem, very fixable. Walk in his shoes with a #1 draft pick breathing down your neck and getting all the media attention. I would’ve done the same thing! Tomlin saw he was wound too tight and put him in check.

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