THURSDAY’S STEELERS BUZZ
By Dale Grdnic
PITTSBURGH — For those waiting for the Pittsburgh Steelers offense to open up in preseason Game 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday night, don’t hold your breath.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger expected some things to improve, but nothing different will be on display.
“You always want to win every week that you play, but that being said the ones coming up in a couple weeks are a little more important,” Roethlisberger said. “They’re a real good defense, and they’re going to present our offense with some different looks that we haven’t seen in a while.
“(So), there will be a big difference working on red zone and third down and things like that, because we hadn’t been doing that and got caught in situations that we were not quite prepared for.”
Roethlisberger also commented on an area that has been a lightning rod for criticism from all angles, but he said he still has faith in his offensive line.
“My faith is at an all-time high with them,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m not worried about that, because I know who they are and what they bring to the table. I see their work in practice, and I see their work in training camp. And I see them in meetings and see the continuity that they have. It really instills a lot of confidence in me.”
Roethlisberger also gave a shout out to his wide receivers.
“I’ve been a big fan of (Emmanuel Sanders) for a long time, and I’ve got confidence that he’ll step up big this year, as well as Jerricho (Cotchery),” Roethlisberger said. “And we’re going to get some good work from (No.) 11 (Markus Wheaton). I really believe that. He’s a hard worker, and you don’t see him make the same mistake twice.
“So, when you tell him something, he works on it, and to me that’s big when it’s a young guy and a new guy. If they make the same mistake over and over it means that they’re not focused and working on it. So, he doesn’t make the same mistake twice. He works hard, and he wants to be great. And that’s what you want to see from a young guy.”
Look Out For No. 1
While much attention has been focused on second-round pick Le’Veon Bell about how long he’ll be off the field, No. 1 pick Jarvis Jones should get equal attention for what he’s done off it.
Through two preseason games, Jones has modest statistics with four tackles, including three solo, one forced fumble and one recovered.
“I’m doing pretty well, but I’m still learning,” Jones said. “It’s been a great run so far. I’ve got some great coaches and some great guys helping me out and just getting me out there so I can make some plays. … The opportunities that I have been getting, I’ve been trying to take full advantage, and I hope that continues Saturday night.”
Jason Worilds is still listed as the Steelers starting right outside linebacker, and he opened the second preseason game. However, Jones came on after just a few snaps and played the rest of the half with the first and second teams.
“I didn’t know that was going to happen,” Jones said. “I got my chance, and I played OK. I made some mistakes, but I’ve got something to build on. There’s still a big learning curve for me, but I’m getting better every day. It’s a process, but I’m making progress and I’ll get there soon enough.”
Worilds added that he gets first-team reps during every practice.