Jarvis Jones seems like a player that could make a big impact from day one for the Steelers, but don’t count out the guy already in the OLB spot – Jason Worilds.
For now, it looks like Worlids is the guy that will get the first shot at the position, as Mike Tomlin says it’s tough for a player to walk right in and start from day one.
“I think it’s a daunting task for rookies to start in any system and play and perform well,” Tomlin said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“Obviously it is difficult when you have established veteran players like we have with a lot of continuity. We are not going to close the door on him or anyone else on earning an opportunity, and that is what this is about. This is about people taking advantage of opportunities, so he’ll be given that.”
Linebackers coach Keith Butler agrees that it’s tough for a rookie to start, and says the team has to play better at the LB spot in 2013.
“He’s going to come in and compete, but he’s not going to be given the position,” Butler said. “Some of you think that way. I certainly don’t think that way. My thing is Jason Worilds is here. He’s the next guy up since James has left and I expect Jason to be better than he ever has been.”