Titans vs. Pittsburgh: Don't mind the rookies

Kelly Lambert

Why the Titans may not have to worry about any of the Steelers rookies

So according to recent new from the Steelers, it appears that the majority of the projected rookie starters will not be on the field for the week one matchup vs the Titans.

Round 1 Jarvis Jones DE/OLB, Georgia

-The talented edge rusher has failed to impress during his time in the preseason, and by all accounts it looks like the day one job belongs to Jason Worilds. The Titans played against Worilds last year and while he did manage a pressure and a sack, he was a sieve in run defense.

Round 2 Le'veon Bell RB Michigan State

-Bell was a productive back during the preseason including camp reports, but a foot injury will keep him on the PUP list for the foreseeable future. That means that newly acquired RB Felix Jones might be a solid contributor in the game vs the Titans. That is good news for Tennessee.

Round 3 Markus Wheaton WR, Oregon State

-Wheaton is the exception to the list. Wheaton has had a good preseason and he has been the go-to target for the Steelers. He doesn't have the size to run through tackles, but he does have the speed to beat DBs. If the Titans don't have a lid on the defense, they could be in trouble.

Round 4 Shamarko Thomas S, Syracuse

-Thomas is a decent athlete whose strength is downhill tackling. Even still, the Titans probably won't run many plays against Thomas so he isn't a big concern.

The rest of the rookies don't appear to be an issue whether due to depth or lack of talent. However, Titans fans should be optimistic about their chances considering how an aging Steelers team, that needed to lean on youth, might be a step slower than they were the past decade.

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