Believe it or not, the Pittsburgh Steelers report to training camp on July 25th, and we are digging up the '32 Scenarios in 32 Days' segment to help us all pass the time. Once a day we will be drafting a potential 2015 season scenario, telling you why it will happen, why it won't and giving you important keys for the scenario to take place.
Scenario: Steelers OLB Jarvis Jones tallies 8 sacks in 2015.
Why it will happen: Jarvis Jones is an athlete, and a pass rusher who is still developing. Jones had an underwhelming rookie season, and an injury riddled 2014 campaign, but before breaking his wrist had tallied two sacks in just three games.
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There is promise regarding Jones and his potential, especially since now outside linebackers coach Joey Porter has taken him under his wing and helping him with his many different pass rushing moves. Jones showed a great burst and the ability to vary his pass rushing moves in his brief time before injury in 2014, and after a clean bill of health entering 2015, he could pick up where he left off in terms of production.
Lastly, Jones will have pressure on him in 2015. No longer is the right outside linebacker position being handed to him, but with James Harrison pushing him for playing time he will certainly have to up his game to anchor the right side of the team's 3-4 defense on a regular basis.
Why it won't happen: When Jones hurt his wrist in 2014, it wasn't just an injury which required surgery, but could be an injury which could linger well into 2015. Jones has openly admitted he still doesn't have full strength in the wrist, and at a position which requires standing up offensive linemen and tight ends, a weak wrist could have a big impact in the production of Jones this season.
Other than a sub-par rookie season, the only sample size fans have of Jones is the short stint before injuring that wrist last year. Jones hasn't had a ton of time to prove himself, but what he has shown is far from comforting heading into a season when people are starting to use the dreaded 'B' word when referring to Jones. That word being 'Bust' in terms of him living up to his first round draft pick status.
Keys: Jones and his production is the only key which needs discussed here as a key to this scenario coming true. He will have plenty of opportunities to prove his three-game stretch in 2014 wasn't a fluke, but a trend of what to expect in the future. Can he tally 8 sacks? It would be a huge step forward, but Jones will have to prove several doubters wrong before that happens.