There were questions about the stenosis, the 4.9 speed, and the age (Jones is 24), but it’s hard to overlook what he perpetrated against SEC offenses in 2012: 24.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks and the seven forced fumbles.
But the college productivity hasn’t paid immediate NFL dividends. And, really, that’s not a surprise; even though Jones played outside linebacker in Georgia’s 3-4 scheme, what he’s being asked to do in Pittsburgh is still uncomfortable and unfamiliar.
So it’s a process, one that requires patience, which, frankly, most of us don’t have.
There’s reason for hope, however. SteelCityInsider.net’s Jim Wexell got the details on Jones’ progress from Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler. It’s the best thing you’ll read today. Enjoy.