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Depth at linebacker has been a concern, but the young inside linebackers took advantage of their opportunities.
Marshall McFadden has been a name that's come up a lot during training camp; he lived up to much of that hype with six tackles and a quarterback pressure.
Despite not being a big name talked about in camp, Vince Williams played better than he's been practicing. He showed a physical presence with a couple of his hits as he played with the second-team defense. He had three tackles and a sack.
Brian Rolle was able to get some pressure on the quarterback and was credited with a sack and a pass defended. Kion Wilson was also very active and had a tackle for a loss.
There will be plenty of competition for the inside linebacker spots.
There wasn’t quite as much activity from the outside linebacker position, but Adrian Robinson flashed some of what he did as a rookie. He wasn’t having a great camp, but he recovered a fumble for a touchdown and ran the entire way across the field on a backside pursuit to make a stop on a running play.
The Steelers need their outside linebackers to get to the quarterback, and I would classify their performance as “fair.”
LaMarr Woodley was a step slow at getting to Eli Manning on his 57-yard touchdown pass and otherwise was not much of a factor. Jason Worilds had a sack, but that came in large part due to Cameron Heyward sniffing out a screen pass, causing David Carr to hesitate. He was also called for two personal fouls and had an overall pedestrian night.
Meanwhile, there were a lot of mixed reviews on Jarvis Jones. After I slept on it, I am lumping him in with the losers of the night.
Jones was touted as an impact rookie and had been dominating his competition at training camp. While he did not have a bad night by any means, he did not have a good one either. Too much was made of his fumble recovery, as he happened to be at the right place at the right time. It is not as though he stripped the ball from the running back.
Another issue was his inability to fight off of blocks and dip his shoulder when rushing the passer. These are a couple of areas in which he must develop.
Jones was very close to making plays, but he's not quite there yet. That should come as he acclimates to the speed of the game and gets stronger. The problem is that takes time to develop.
Stevenson Sylvester left the game after injuring his ankle following a tackle he made on special teams. After he made the tackle, Markus Wheaton rolled on his ankle.