Sep 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones (95) celebrates a tackle against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Kovacevic: Jarvis Jones Listed as Co-Starter at ROLB


Let the “depth chart shakeup” continue!

Rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones was named “co-starter” at right outside linebacker according to Dejan Kovacevic of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

At least to me, the move does not come as much of a shock.

Former “starter” Jason Worilds did little to impress on Sunday afternoon in his 11th career start when he failed to record a solo tackle.  On the other hand, Jones displayed a “nose for the football” on defense and special teams in his regular season debut.

Right now it looks like Pittsburgh’s brass are inching ever closer to handing the bulk of the right outside linebacker chores to the hungry rookie.  Inserting the former Georgia Bulldog into the lineup more often can only help the youngster develop and hone his overall skill-set in Dick LeBeau’s complex defensive scheme.

Jones’ recent play also forces Pittsburgh’s 2010 second round pick to “sink or swim” to regain the starting job.  If the fear of Jones taking job is not enough motivation for Worilds to step up his game in the present, then there will probably not be a new contract offered to him next spring.

One would have to believe that Jones or Worilds would take a slight lead over the other if they could display some consistency as a pass-rusher.  Pittsburgh’s defense recorded only one sack in their season opening loss, and the pocket-collapse was scant to say the least.

For now though, we will just have to wait and see if Jones can wrestle the starting job away from the four-year veteran.



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  • Chris Doakes

    Like I said Jason worilds is garbage

    • Dom DiTolla

      I have stated on multiple occasions that the more reps Jones ultimately receives, the quicker he will pay dividends for this defense. While he could stand to work on his pass-rushing technique, he has played well enough to deserve more playing time over Worilds.

  • Carl Eagan

    what does co-starter actually mean? Are they both going to be on the field at the same time with Woodley? Or is that coaches speak for the rotation continues? One would hope Jones gets more snaps as he can only get better with experience.

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