Jones is leaving the NFL and will join the XFL, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Jones becomes the first player to officially join the XFL, which will kick off its relaunch in February 2020. The 2013 fourth-round pick was a free agent and was likely looking at nothing more than a backup role at best had he landed on an NFL roster.
Jones was released by the Raiders on Wednesday, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Jones was cut to make room for tight end Erik Swoope, who was signed by the team Tuesday. The 2013 fourth-round pick had a lengthy run as the backup quarterback in Pittsburgh, making five starts in five years before he was unseated by Joshua Dobbs and Mason Rudolph during the 2018 preseason. Derek Carr, Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman remain on the depth chart at quarterback for the Raiders.
Jones is signing with the Raiders, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. The 2013 fourth-round pick had a lengthy run as the backup quarterback in Pittsburgh, making five starts in five years before he was unseated by Joshua Dobbs and Mason Rudolph during the 2018 preseason. Jones spent a couple weeks with the Jaguars in November and now will head to Oakland to compete against Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman for the backup job behind Derek Carr.
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 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.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/22||New Orleans Saints||20||20.18|
|3||09/27||@New England Patriots||1||11.06|
|5||10/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||14||17.89|
|7||10/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||22.13|
|9||11/08||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||15.63|
|11||11/23||Kansas City Chiefs||14||17.89|
|13||12/06||@New York Jets||17||19.13|
|15||12/18||Los Angeles Chargers||8||15.63|
|3 Year Avg||88.9||80||0||0||-3||0||3|