Jones signed a two-year contract with the Steelers on Thursday, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Jones has proven to be a quality backup for Pittsburgh the past few years, starting two games in place of Ben Roethlisberger in 2015 and 2016. Jones can a decent short-term fantasy option in the event that Roethlisberger is forced to miss any games due to injury in 2017.
Jones completed 24 of 37 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns with an interception in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Browns. Jones made his second start of the season as Pittsburgh rested several key regulars on the offensive side of the ball and connected for scores with three different receivers, including a 26-yard strike to Cobi Hamilton that won the game in overtime. Despite this performance, Jones will merely serve as a backup to Ben Roethlisberger as the team begins its postseason run.
Jones is expected to start at quarterback in the Steelers' Week 17 matchup with the Browns, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. The Steelers' playoff spot and seed has already been secured entering the regular-season finale, so coach Mike Tomlin won't take any chances with his star players. In addition to running back Le'Veon Bell and wideout Antonio Brown, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won't suit up, paving the way for Jones to make his second start of the season. Jones was respectable in his lone other start against the Patriots back on Oct. 23, logging 281 yards, one touchdown and an interception while completing 29-of-47 passes, but the second-year signal caller will draw a much more enticing matchup in the 1-14 Browns. However, given that the Steelers' top two playmakers will be sitting out, Jones may not have enough high-end weapons around him to make for an alluring DFS option.
Jones completed 29 of 47 passes for 281 yards with one touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 27-16 loss to the Patriots. Other than an early interception in the end zone, Jones looked competent Sunday. On one particular drive in the second quarter, he showed nice touch on a 51-yard pass to Antonio Brown and later to Darrius Heyward-Bey for a 14-yard touchdown. He also had a second touchdown to Heyward-Bey nullified due to penalty. On a negative note, he led Pittsburgh to just six points in the second half, and didn't challenge New England on downfield throws. The Steelers have a bye next week, so it remains to be seen if Jones will make another start while Roethlisberger recovers from his current knee injury.
Jones is in line for fill in at QB for the Steelers in place of Ben Roethlisberger, who ESPN.com suggests could miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus. While Roethlisberger's timetable on the front is not necessarily cemented, it is known that Jones will start Sunday's game against the Patriots, at a minimum. Jones has much to prove before being considered a reliable fantasy option, but working in his favor is that the Steelers do boast a pair of top-notch pass-catching options in wideout Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell.
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