Steelers: Jones pressure, depth chart, big ticket


Steelers training camp is officially underway. For the next few weeks the team will lay the foundation for the 2015 regular season. While the Steelers are sweating in the hot Latrobe sun we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Thursday, August 6th.

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Porter puts the pressure on Jones

It’s no surprise that this season is a pivotal one for third-year linebacker Jarvis Jones. Injuries have marred his first two seasons and its pretty much put up or shut up time for the former first-round pick. He’s getting the pressure from his own position coach, a former All-Pro outside linebacker for the Steelers, Joey Porter.

Ed Bouchette of the PPG has Porter’s words for Jones when it comes to this upcoming season.

"“The first year was the first year, you don’t judge that. The second year I thought you started off pretty good. You had two sacks in the first three games and then you got hurt. So they’ll be patient with you then. But please believe they’re counting on you to have a big year this year, they are. You’re going to get scrutinized; I’m going to get scrutinized. I’m going to help you the best I can to play at a high level. You put in the work to prepare yourself to play at a high level, and we’ll go from there.” – Joey Porter"

Jones could be one of the Steelers players facing the most pressure going into the 2015 regular season. With a coach like Joey Porter pushing and instructing him, he’s got all the tools to succeed.

 You want a spot? Take it

The Steelers’ first depth chart of the season provided little to no surprises as far as the starting positions are concerned. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler explains that with the starting jobs basically set, there are a few players who have their objectives plainly laid out for them; if you want a starting position, you’ll have to take it.

Arthur Moats will be staring out as the left side outside linebacker until rookie linebacker Bud Dupree can prove himself worthy of the starting role. It’s Moats’ job to lose and Dupree’s job to win. With these two guys vying for the starting role; it will only benefit the Steelers to have them compete.

Additionally, with Brandon Boykin joining the secondary as of this weekend, even with the possibility of not having second-round pick Senquez Golson available this year, the competition Boykin will provide between himself, Cortez Allen and Antwon Blake should pay off for the defense either way. Let’s hope.

 Hottest ticket in town

It’s no surprise that the Steelers regular season game tickets ranked in the top five for median price, as analyzed by SeatGeek from CBS Sports’ Jared Dublin. The Steelers started instituting the tiered system of ticket sales last year, which puts the bigger draw games at a higher price and the lower draw games at a more affordable price.

Higher prices mean more people want to attend your games. The Green Bay Packers ranked the highest, which is largely due to the ceremony planned this year to retire Brett Favre’s at the Packers’ first Thanksgiving home game since 1923.

The lowest median prices were for Jacksonville Jaguars home games. Shocking, I know. And they just put that awesome pool in and everything.

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