The Pittsburgh Steelers decided to bench first-round draft pick Jarvis Jones. In his place they’ve been playing Jason Worilds. The Steelers want you to understand that it is not because they’re unhappy with Jones though.
“We are not dissatisfied with him,” Steelers linebacker coach Keith Butler said, via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “It is nothing like that. He is going to be a good player for us. Right now we are going to do what we can to win ballgames, and whatever that takes is what we are going to do.”
“He’s just not doing enough detail work right now and Jason Worilds is,” head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday of Jones. “That’s the reality of it. There is more detail in Worilds’ work right now than Jarvis.”
Jones understands what the coaches want from him though and is remaining positive.
“They want me to be more technically sound,” Jones said. “I understand the things I have to do. It’s definitely a learning curve. Before I even got here, it has been said that [defensive coordinator Dick] LeBeau’s defense is challenging. I have to keep chopping wood, stay in the film room, stay in the playbook and keep learning. It doesn’t happen overnight.”