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Mike Tomlin: 'Jarvis Jones must earn starting place with Pittsburgh Steelers'

Tomlin: 'Jones must earn starting place'
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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says that linebacker Jarvis Jones has to earn his place in the team's starting lineup.

Mike Tomlin has said that first-round draft pick Jarvis Jones will have to earn a place in the Pittsburgh Steelers starting lineup.

The AFC North side used the 17th overall pick to select the linebacker, who had predicted that he would be drafted no lower than 17th.

The team's head coach told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "I think it's a daunting task for rookies to start in any system and play and perform well.

"Obviously it is difficult when you have established veteran players like we have with a lot of continuity.

"We are not going to close the door on him or anyone else on earning an opportunity, and that is what this is about. This is about people taking advantage of opportunities, so he'll be given that."

The Steelers have not started a rookie linebacker since Keith Butler, who is the team's coach for the position, joined the franchise in 2003.

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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin during a press conference on April 22, 2013
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Thursday's key events

· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
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· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
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