Jarvis Jones was picked seventeenth overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. In the two years he has been playing with the Steelers he has produced 58 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble.
To put it simply, that is not good enough for a first round linebacker. Jarvis Jones should not be going into his third NFL season having people question whether he can play the position effectively, he was picked seventeenth overall god dammit!
Eric Reid, a free safety drafted by the San Francisco 49ers a pick after Jarvis Jones, has had seven interceptions since 2013. Desmond Trufant, a cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons, has produced five interceptions and a forced fumble in the past two years. He was picked five picks after Jarvis Jones.
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Sharrif Floyd, a defensive tackle for the Vikings, has 9.5 sacks and a forced fumble over the past two years. He was picked six picks after Jarvis Jones.
Any of those three players mentioned could of filled a need on defence and produced good numbers for the Steelers, instead they went for Jarvis Jones.
I'm going to give Jarvis the benefit of the doubt, he did get injured last year and missed the majority of the season just as he was showing signs of improvement. As the Steelers training camp continues, there have been mixed reviews of his performance.
With a lot of young linebackers hungry for a spot on the roster, Jarvis is going to have to step up his game or risk losing a potential starting role.
If Jarvis Jones gets the starting role after training camp and fails to produce consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks, then I fear he may lose his place on this Steelers team.
I don't want to see that happen and I hope Jarvis doesn't either. Lets hope he is working his butt off to give us Steelers fans something special to watch this year.
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