If you missed it, I released an article earlier today asking what does it take to be a Steelers linebacker? Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds surely did not miss the question. He gave me an answer. The third year veteran replied to me on Twitter. His answer was short, but it was also sweet.
— Jason Worilds (@WorildsGreatest) May 19, 2013
Worilds has a point. Patience a key of becoming a linebacker for the Steelers. James Harrison was an undrafted free agent in 2002 and did not become a full-time starter until 2007. It took Clark Haggans four years before he started 13 games in a season. Jason Gildon was in his third season before getting the nod. Greg Lloyd became a starter in 1991 after coming into the league in 1988. Both Joey Porter and LaMarr Woodley were just second year vets before becoming the starter.
Point is, Worilds is correct. More often than not, the linebackers are sitting out a couple years until they can get a full grasp on the defense. What does this mean for first round pick Jarvis Jones?
The Worilds and Jones battle at right outside linebacker seems to be what everyone is waiting to see, and those pedals will begin to turn on Tuesday during OTA’s when both players are expected to be in attendance. However, do the Steelers have the same intentions to do to Jones as they did to the other linebackers? Or is Jones a starter when September rolls around?
One thing that looks to be certain is that Worilds is ready for the opportunity. He feels he has waited his turn and has shown patience. Lastly, Worilds is in his contract year, and this may be his first and final opportunity of becoming a starter as a Steeler as well as an NFL player. It’s up to him if he will be added to a great list of linebackers.