Wednesday’s Steelers Buzz
By Dale Grdnic
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers No. 1 pick Jarvis Jones watched a lot of film on James Harrison and what he did as the team’s right outside linebacker this past season.
But don’t try to make comparisons between Jones and Harrison, who now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals, the Steelers opponent this Monday night.
“Me and James are two different players,” Jones said. “He’s vicious. Strong, way stronger than I’ll ever be. And he’s physical. I’m not saying that I’m not physical, but we’ve just got two different styles of play. I think I use my hands a lot more than him. He’s more just legs and upper-body strength. He likes to overpower people, but I’m just more … not finesse, but I like to do my steps and use my hands and more technique. Harrison’s just a beast.
“I can’t say what he does, because he’s just a beast. When I watch him, it seems like he’s just on instincts. Me, I’ve got to set it up and do my moves, but it’s all instinct for him. I can be vicious, too, but it probably looks a lot better for him because he’s all muscles and muscles on muscles. But, for me, I work hard and take pride in what I do and what we’ve got going on with this defense. So, I’m going to continue to work to get better every day.”
Jones said he’s aware that Harrison was a team and fan favorite during his time with the Steelers, so he’s just trying to make his own mark as an NFL rookie.
“I come to work every day and focus on getting better, focus on what my coaches tell me and what my teammates tell me to do,” Jones said.
Ben Back For Practice
After being allowed to leave the Steelers training facility “to deal with a personal matter” at mid-day, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned for the latter half of practice Wednesday afternoon. Roethlisberger said he put in some additional work with new center Kelvin Beachum.
“It is going to take some time, so we’re getting as much work in as possible,” Roethlisberger said. “We were off to the side today, in between periods, trying to work on the silent count and different snaps.
“I think if we get some good work in this week then we’ll be fine. … We’re just trying to get comfortable with it. That’s, obviously, the most important part to every play, getting the quarterback the ball. So, we have to keep working hard to get it down pat.”
Will it be different looking across the line at James Harrison with the Bengals?
“It’s already different watching film and seeing him in a different uniform, but I’m sure he’ll have his black visor on so we can’t see his face too well.”
Roethlisberger also commented on the Bengals front four, considered to be among the best in the NFL.
“They know how to get after the quarterback, and they know how to stop the run,” Roethlisberger said. “They have a lot of high-energy guys to put the pressure on, guys with high motors, so it’s a big challenge for us on offense and also for our O-line.”
Roethlisberger said he didn’t do any work with new center Fernando Velasco.
Dwyer Chose Steelers This Time
Jonathan Dwyer had serious interest from the New York Giants, but he decided to return to the only team he’s played for in the NFL.
“They were serious, but a lot of other teams were, too,” Dwyer said. “But, like I’ve said, it was just a better situation here for me. I know the playbook. I knew that I was going to be OK with that aspect of it, and I could just hit the ground running. So, this was my choice.
“I wanted to come back. I knew, like I’ve said, about the playbook and everything, and I knew I would have every opportunity to prove myself. People were glad to see me, and I was happy to be back. So, the guys were happy. I was happy, and my family was happy. That’s all that matters.”
After Dwyer was released, he said he went to Florida to train. But he quickly returned to Pittsburgh, which has been his home for the last four years.
“I’m very glad that they were able to bring me back for another opportunity,” Dwyer said, but he didn’t watch the Steelers opening game last week. “All I’ve done is watch the film, and I know we’re going to get this fixed. And we’re going to be all right.
“I just know that I’m going to make the best of my opportunity, but I’m not going to criticize what we did on Sunday. We did some good things, and we did some bad things. And all the bad things, we’ll try to turn them into good ones.”
Steelers tight end Heath Miller said he did a little bit of everything Wednesday, but that’s still not everything. So, Miller is still questionable for this week. … Cortez Allen (ankle) did not practice, and his status also could be more clear later this week.