Steelers bench Jarvis Jones

Steelers bench Jarvis Jones
October 30, 2013, 9:45 am
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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs past Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (95) during the NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium.

(Bob Martin-USA TODAY Sports)

When the Steelers drafted linebacker Jarvis Jones in the first round of April’s draft, it seemed a solid choice, a smart move for a team wanting to plug up its defense. Jones had been a pass-rushing force at Georgia, and Pittsburgh had every reason to expect that to continue in the NFL.

But now Jones, who became a starting outside linebacker in Week 2, has been demoted, benched and replaced by Jason Worilds.

“He’s just not doing enough detail work right now,” coach Mike Tomlin said, as reported by ESPN.com, “and really Jason Worilds is and that’s just the reality of it. Part of playing really good defense is having detail with your work, and there’s more detail in Worilds’ work right now. Jarvis needs to continue to work. I think he’s open to that, and we’re open to giving him an opportunity to do so.”

Jones has yet to record a sack and has three quarterback pressures. The Steelers, needing to replace the pass-rush presence of James Harrison, need a lot more out of an outside linebacker. Though Pittsburgh ranks fourth in the NFL in defense at about 302 yards per game, it is tied for next to last in sacks with 10. That’s fewer than three players — Robert Mathis, Justin Houston and Mario Williams.