Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who was the team’s first round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, has been told he will not start against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1. With that being said, the Steelers have made it very clear that he will play a big role for the team against the Titans, which means he must be ready for anything that is thrown his way.
“It’s time to go to work, no question about it,” Jones said, according to Steelers.com. “You go through the preseason and get the experience and see the things you have to work on. Sunday is for all the marbles. The W’s count. We are going to come out there and execute, make plays and take advantage of our opportunities.
“Everybody has a role and my role is not to start. I just have to come in there and make things happen when I can. I have to take care of my opportunities and do what my coaches and teammates ask me to.”
Obviously, Pittsburgh could not ask for a better attitude than that from the rookie. The fact that he is as intelligent as he is physically gifted gives the Steelers that much more confidence in him. Jones understands the defensive playbook inside and out, which means he is well prepared for anything the coaches need him to do.
“We have a lot of things we like to do here and I think Coach (Dick) LeBeau has been doing a great job of installing and preparing us,” Jones told Steelers.com.
The Steelers cannot wait to unleash Jones’ speed and superior tackling ability on the Tennessee offense. The fact the rookie cannot wait to step onto the gridiron for the first time in his debut makes him that more dangerous. Expect to see Jones make big plays throughout the contest on Sunday.