Jarvis Jones was hampered by a groin injury throughout the preseason.
But the Steelers’ first-round draft pick last year turned in a solid effort in a 10-0 loss to the Panthers Thursday night in the preseason finale at Heinz Field.
Jones started at right outside linebacker and finished with three solo tackles, a fumble recovery and a tackle for loss.
He played a little more than a quarter with the first-team defense against Carolina’s backups.
“I think I did well,” Jones said. “I made a couple of plays in the time I was out there.”
Jones was in the right place at the right time early in the second quarter.
Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson was unable to field a bad snap from center Brian Folkerts and Jones pounced on the ball at the Pittsburgh 39. Ex-Steelers center Fernando Velasco was flagged for a 15-yard penalty for a horse collar tackle on Jones, but Jones said he pulled his long dreadlocks. “I felt his hand grab my hair and my head go back,” Jones said. “He was just trying to make a play. He apologized. It was kind of funny.”
– The Steelers were shut out in the preseason for the first time since a 26-0 loss to the Saints in New Orleans in 1992.
– WR Martavis Bryant, the team’s fourth-round draft pick, suffered a right shoulder injury in the first quarter and did not return.
– FS Mike Mitchell suffered a right leg injury late in first quarter. He did not return, but could have had the first-team defense not been finished.
– CB Brice McCain suffered a right groin injury in the second quarter and did not return.
– RB LeGarrette Blount failed to pick up a first down on a fourth-and-1 play from the 49 on the Steelers’ first series of the game.
– CB Antwon Blake was burned for a 53-yard reception by Philly Brown in the third quarter, which aided a six-play, 90-yard touchdown drive that led to the Panthers’ lone touchdown.
– Several starters did not play for the Steelers, including QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Antonio Brown, SS Troy Polamalu, CB Cortez Allen, TE Heath Miller, DE Cameron Heyward, OLB Jason Worilds and C Maurkice Pouncey.
– The Steelers honored the WPIAL Class AAA champion West Allegheny championship football team. Three other champs from last season also were recognized: Central Catholic (Class AAAA), South Fayette (Class AA) and North Catholic (Class A).
– Ed Kiely, the Steelers’ long-time public relations director and a close confidant of team founder Art Rooney Sr., died early Thursday morning. He was 96.
By the Numbers:
1: Number of preseason wins for the Steelers the past two seasons.
5: Number of sacks for the Panthers. The Steelers had none.
18: Number of years since the Steelers last reached the playoffs with a sub-.500 preseason record.
“I’m not going to worry about it too much. We’re ready for the regular season to begin.” — CB Ike Taylor when asked if he was concerned about the team’s 1-3 preseason record.
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