Jones was waived by the Jaguars on Monday, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports. Jones was cut by Jacksonville to make room for Corey Robinson on the 53-man roster. The 2013 fourth-round pick spent less than three weeks with the Jaguars and was unable to usurp Cody Kessler as the primary backup to Blake Bortles during that time. Jones is now a free agent and will look to secure a depth role elsewhere in the league.
Jones is expected to sign with the Jaguars this week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. A 2013 fourth-round pick with five career NFL starts to his name, Jones has worked out for a number of teams since being cut by the Steelers at the conclusion of the preseason. It appears he'll now find a new home in Jacksonville, but his stay on the 53-man roster may be an abbreviated one. According to Schefter, the Jaguars are bringing Jones aboard merely as an insurance option with starter Blake Bortles nursing an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. The issue isn't expected to prevent Bortles from being available for the first game out of the Jaguars' bye week Nov. 11 against the Colts, and if that ends up being the case, Jones could be released without ever suiting up for his new team. Cody Kessler is entrenched as the No. 2 option on the depth chart, so Jones would merely serve in a backup capacity if Bortles misses the Week 10 matchup.
Jones has been working out for multiple teams and is expected to sign with one soon, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Jones has worked out for the Bills, Cowboys, Lions and Jaguars, among others. Wherever the 29-year-old quarterback lands, he'll be used in a backup role. Jones played in three games for the Steelers last year, completing 23 of 28 passes (82 percent) for 239 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Jones is expected to be the starting quarterback for Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. While Jones will be getting the start in the absence of Ben Roethlisberger (rest), the Steelers will likely want to see more out of fellow backups Josh Dobbs and rookie Mason Rudolph. With Rudolph seen as a legitimate candidate to serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Big Ben, Jones will need to have a fairly impressive season to warrant a spot on Pittsburgh's final roster.
Jones likely will have to battle 2017 fourth-round pick Joshua Dobbs for a roster spot, ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler reports. Pittsburgh's decision to draft Mason Rudolph in the third round hints at disappointment with Dobbs as a developmental project more so than any issue with Jones, who has served as Ben Roethlisberger's top backup since midway through the 2015 season. However, the Steelers could clear up cap space by keeping Dobbs instead of Jones as their No. 3 quarterback, if they deem Rudolph ready to handle the No. 2 role. The team can save $1.9 million by releasing Jones, compared to only $275,438 for Dobbs, per OverTheCap. Jones may need to beat out Rudolph in order to stick on the roster ahead of Dobbs.
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