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.