Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin let it be known Tuesday during his press conference that rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones will indeed play some on defense Sunday in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans.
“Jones is going to play,” Tomlin said when asked if he would use a three man rotation at outside linebacker line was used during the preseason.
Jones practiced on Monday according to Tomlin and is feeling good after suffering a sprained chest in the third preseason game. Despite his readiness, Tomlin did say that Jason Worilds would start at right outside linebacker.
It is still unclear just how much playing time Jones will see on defense Sunday, but you can tell that Tomlin intends on working him in nonetheless. That could result in us seeing the same type of rotation that we saw during the preseason even though outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley told Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider that we shouldn’t read too much into what we saw during the preseason.
Perhaps someone needs to tell Woodley that he might get a few plays off on Sunday so that he isn’t shocked when it happens.