The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to re-tool their roster after a disappointing start to the 2013-14 NFL regular season and the latest move comes on the defensive side of the ball. Rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who started Week One as a reserve player and part of the rotation, has been promoted to a co-starter with veteran Jason Worilds.
Jones began his rookie campaign with three solo tackles, with two of those tackles coming for a loss, in the season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans and one of those hits was a bone-crushing collision with running back Chris Johnson.
To reward the rookie for his performance, Pittsburgh will give him a bigger role moving forward in a move that really comes as a surprise to no one.
Jones was a standout performer in the preseason and his promotion to the starting line up seemed to be a foregone conclusion, but with the team’s struggles they decided to make the move earlier than anticipated.
With Jones getting more reps next week, expect the rookie to wreak havoc and show the same big playmaking skills that allowed him to shine during the four exhibition games this summer.