Pittsburgh Steelers rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones received just 30 snaps in his regular season debut last week against the Tennessee Titans, and he spent most of his time playing the run. Jones is an exceptionally talented player who deserves to start, and I think this is the week the Steelers will give Jones the start over Jason Worilds. The Steelers already know what they have in Worilds, which isn’t much. While neither Jones nor Worilds played well against the Titans (neither of them put pressure on the quarterback), it was clear to me that Jones looked like the better player. He has all the tools to be a difference-maker on the Steelers defense.
According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jarvis Jones is ready for an increase in snaps in tomorrow’s Monday Night Football rivalry matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, “I am ready for it. It’s all mental. You have to go with the flow. These guys plays 60 snaps out there, so they have to trust me to do it.”
While I highly doubt that we see Jarvis Jones receive 60 snaps tomorrow, I would be surprised if he doesn’t get more snaps than Worilds, who had 46 last week. That 46-30 split in favor of Worilds should be a, if given roughly the same number of snaps as last week, a 40-35 split in favor of Jones. That’s just me spitballing, but it seems clear at this point that the Steelers will give Jones a larger role. The key for Jones will be consistency, especially when it comes to stopping the run.