Report: Steelers Rookie LB Jarvis Jones Expected To Start Against Bengals

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones is expected to start Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals at right outside linebacker.

“That’s the way it is right now,” Jones told the media after Wednesday’s practice. “As long as I continue to keep doing what I’m doing, I hope it stays like that.”

Even though Jones is now scheduled to start, head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday during his press conference that he again expects to use some sort of rotation similar to the one that was used in the Sunday opener against the Tennessee Titans.

Jason Worilds started against the Titans and played 46 snaps to Jones’ 30. Neither linebacker tore up the stat sheet, however, and that is something that must change Monday night against the Bengals.

The Steelers drafted Jones in the first-round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Georgia. Jones was originally pegged as a top ten draft pick but stenosis concerns along with a poor forty-yard dash time at his Pro Day allowed for him to slide to the 17th overall pick.

  • Pete

    Yeah, neither linebacker tore up the stat sheet but the hit Jones put on Chris Johnson was enough for me to see him start. I bet Johnson remembers Jones. Worilds? Who is that? Jones is only going to get better. He needs the snaps.

  • Jason

    Ok now everybody wins. We get to see the rookie we all knew should be starting a month ago and the coaching staff wins by never ever allowing a rookie defender to start their first game regardless of how worthy he is.

  • Tanner Blackman

    Any thought on moving Jason Worilds inside? They thought about it a couple years ago

  • bgsteelfan

    I thought about that the other day. He isn’t really suited to it, but we don’t have a ton of alternatives. I would prefer not have Williams or Wilson in there just yet.

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  • Soliciting Steelers

    Dave’te on the draft podcast knows Worilds and has worked with him and says he’s willing and able to move to ILB

  • bgsteelfan

    Mostly he is a bit on the slow side for ILB, isn’t the best in coverage or read/react situations, and has spent his entire career at DE or OLB. I am not saying he CAN’T do it, just that it is not the ideal.

  • Jason

    Let’s see, slow for an ILB, not the best in coverage situations. So he’s basically Larry Foote only younger. LOL

  • bgsteelfan

    And without the experience/run stopping skills, but yes.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I hope he can learn how to rush the passer.

  • Bell Cow

    Youth, youth, youth. This defense needs a big dose of it. I’m glad Jones is starting, now lets get Vince Williams and Shamarko a lot more PT as well.

  • Bell Cow

    There must be a reason why Tomlin and LeBeau haven’t moved him inside.

  • PA2AK

    Kendrell Bell. Google him if you’re new.

  • Mike Carroll

    Agree completely. This defense still has plenty of experienced, disciplined veterans, but what they have lacked the last few years is fresh, young legs. Sprinkle in the young guys more and I think the mix will be great.

  • Jason

    LOL. Hardly new bud and Tim Lewis was the defensive coordinator and Cowher the head coach Bell’s rookie year and if you have to go back 12 years you proved my point.

  • Jason

    However, I will say that over the past decade our defense has been pretty solid all the way around so room for rookies to start has been slim. I just hate the notion that this defense and it’s blitz schemes are so confusing that a rookie could never pick them up in one training camp. Anyone who has watched any football could see that Jones was superior to Worilds and knew he would be the starter soon enough but they simply refused to let him start week one.

  • PA2AK

    Jones was actually lackluster against the run (in preseason). LeBeau’s D starts with run defense. a lot of critiques I have with the players on D start with LeBeau (i.e. harrison always doing that damn bullrush), but he proves me wrong time and again with solid defenses and comments that let you in to the larger scheme of the defense.
    Worilds play in game one showed next to nothing. I think it confirmed it to the coaches that he will once again, not rise to the occasion. I really don’t think they have a pride issue with a goal to just not start a rookie game 1.

  • PA2AK

    the main reason even Bell started was due to a complete decimation of the ILB depth at the time too. If we started this year with another injury to Worilds…Jones was hands down the starter.

  • Jason

    Agree to disagree I suppose but isn’t that what these boards are all about. I think there is a lot of frustration around Steeler Nation which I’m sure will lead to more arguments on here. LOL

  • PA2AK

    Don’t get me wrong…I think Jones has earned everything he gets and I’m looking forward to anyone that will bring some intensity and will to defeat an opponent. Jones has it.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Worilds’ new position -OLB…on left bench