When the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted OLB Jarvis Jones in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, it was thought that Jones would step in right away as a starter. After all, throughout the draft process, Jones was praised as a “plug-and-play” type guy. However, due to a breakout season from Jason Worilds, Jones wasn’t actually forced to play significant snaps until LaMarr Woodley went down with an injury. From that point on everything went downhill in Jones’ rookie season.
That said, a new season means new expectations for Jones, and he looks ready to meet whatever goals the Steelers have for him in 2014. With excellent burst, good size and solid athleticism, Jones looks the part, but it’s the minor improvements in his game that could end up making the biggest impact.
Whereas Jones was forced into action as an unprepared rookie in 2013, things will be much different in 2014. Jones has reportedly made massive strides in his technique and gotten himself into even better shape going into his second professional season. When you combine that with Jones’ already very impressive display of raw physical tools it’s hard not to get excited to see just how much Jones has improved from year one.
Overall, despite a rocky rookie campaign, Jones looks ready to join the group of elite outside linebackers in the NFL. With a starting spot locked up and an improved mental grasp of the professional game, there’s no telling what Jones’ future will hold.
All I know is that it’s sure to be exciting.
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