Steelers LB Jarvis Jones expected to start vs. Bengals

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After an impressive opening week against the Titans, the first-round pick has been practicing with the first-team defense this week.

After an impressive performance against the Tennessee Titans last week, it seems as though Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones has done enough to crack the starting rotation.

Jones has been working with the first-team defense this week in practice and will likely earn the start against the Cincinnati Bengals during Monday night's nationally televised game, reports Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"It's my dream, it's something I definitely want to do is start and be in that rotation and fight with my guys," Jones told Dulac. "I just want to continue to strive for the best and keep getting better."

The Steelers' first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Jones split time behind starter Jason Worilds last week, playing 26 snaps compared to Worilds's 47.

The rookie made his presence felt on just the second of those snaps, knifing through the offensive line to blow up Tennessee halfback Chris Johnson for a jarring two-yard loss. He finished the contest with two tackles, a number likely to increase alongside his playing time on Monday night.

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