PITTSBURGH — If the Pittsburgh Steelers were trying to send a message to rookie Jarvis Jones by moving him to second on the depth chart at right outside linebacker, LaMarr Woodley won’t be the one reinforcing that message to the first-round draft pick.
“In this game, and it’s not just with Jarvis, my whole mindset is you just have to be self-motivated,” Woodley said. “You understand what this job requires. If you need somebody to come in and lift you up all of the time, you’ve got to do it yourself.
“I’ve got nothing against Jarvis. Nothing at all. We talk every day. His spirit is high. If I felt his spirit was low or something, I would go talk to him.”
The reality is Jones is now behind Jason Worilds because he simply can’t be counted on to log significant snaps after he lost contain several times in the Steelers’ 21-18 loss at Oakland despite playing sparingly last Sunday.
What is worrisome is that Jones has regressed instead of improved as the season has progressed. What is not surprising is that Jones has struggled while trying to learn a complex defense — and to play without thinking too much when he is on the field.
Source: Scott Brown, ESPN.com