November 18, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau looks on from the sidelines against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Dick LeBeau happy with Jarvis Jones' progress

Jarvis Jones was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first round draft pick, and has been having a rookie season full of both ups and downs. The number 17 overall pick back in April of this year has been disappointed with his rookies season, but Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has a different opinion.

From ESPN,

“I’m very pleased with his progress,” LeBeau said Thursday of the Steelers’ first-round pick last April. “His out of position arrows have diminished. He almost is never in the wrong place now. I think the more comfortable he gets, I think you’re going to see that this guy is going to be a really good football player.”

Jones’ stats aren’t terrible per say, but there is room for improvement for a rookie outside linebacker.

Jones has just one sack and 30 tackles this season, but LeBeau is anything but discouraged with the progress the 17th overall pick of the 2013 draft has made.

“He’s been asked to play a little bit more than what we normally ask our first-year linebackers to play,” LeBeau said. “In the end, that’s going to be a big benefit for him because he’s got that on-the-job training and in-game experience.”

Do you Jones will prove to be one of the best defenders in Pittsburgh in the next few years? Or will he remain a backup for the beginning of his NFL career?

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