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- No guarantee Broderick Jones will be the starting LT when Dan Moore Jr. is healthy
No guarantee Broderick Jones will be the starting LT when Dan Moore Jr. is healthy
When the Steelers beat the Ravens in Week 5, there were a lot of positives to draw from the win. One of those positives was the play of 2023 1st Round pick, Broderick Jones. Jones graded out extremely well vs. Baltimore, and has fans feeling great about the future at the left tackle position.
During the bye week, Pat Meyer, the Steelers offensive line coach, spoke about where he sees Jones early in his rookie season,
“He improved from the first time getting in there. He’s young but he’s going to be a really good player,” Meyer said Wednesday at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. “That’s why he’s here, the athleticism. The more he plays, the more he’s practicing against our guys, the rush guys, the defense, the more he plays in games, the better he’s going to be overall. He’s going to get that experience. The other guys have been great in terms of helping him out and teaching him NFL football.”
In fact, most assumed even when Dan Moore Jr., who is out of the lineup with a knee sprain, is healthy, Jones would remain the starting left tackle. That assumption might be a bit hasty, as Meyer wasn’t about to jump the gun and say the job is now Jones’ to lose.
“Once Dan gets back, we’ll have to evaluate everything,” Meyer said. “Dan played well when he was in there before the injury. He played against Nick Bosa and Myles Garrett and Maxx Crosby. Put T.J. (Watt) in there and that’s your four best in the world. The good thing is that we have several guys we’re confident can go in and play in the game and not really lose much in terms of performance.”
Not really the answer many were looking for, but the Steelers aren’t an organization which won’t give a ton of credit to rookies. Just look at how they are handling Joey Porter Jr. throughout the early stages of his rookie season.
This doesn’t mean Jones won’t be starting in 2023 when Moore returns, but the Steelers aren’t about to make that public knowledge right now.
Be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Rams following the Week 6 bye week.