Landry Jones has been the Steelers backup quarterback for several seasons but will compete for the job with rookie Mason Rudolph in training camp. The only way you'd start Jones, assuming he wins the backup role, is if Ben Roethlisberger got hurt. That has happened each of the past three years. Only draft Jones late in two-quarterback leagues, though you'll have to cut bait if Pittsburgh makes Dobbs their backup.
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.
Jones (coach's decision) will serve as the Steelers' starting quarterback Sunday against the Browns. With the heavily favored Patriots expected to clinch the No. 1 seed with a victory over the Jets in Week 17, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin will use the regular-season finale to rest several key regulars. That includes Ben Roethlisberger, who will be replaced by Jones in what marks the former Oklahoma standout's fifth career NFL start. With a 59.9 percent completion rate and 7:6 TD:INT ratio for his career, Jones doesn't profile as a particularly appealing fantasy option, especially with the team's top two pass catchers, wideout Antonio Brown (lower leg) and running back Le'Veon Bell (coach's decision), both inactive.
Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert said Thursday that Jones will serve as the Steelers' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Browns, Tim Benz of TribLive.com reports. "Ben [Roethlisberger isn't] there [Sunday], so [Cleveland will] get a little taste of Landry Jones. So we don't know what to expect from them. We'll have Landry Jones in there." Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has yet to confirm that Jones will start in place of Roethlisberger. Though the Steelers have secured a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs, they could still claim home-field advantage throughout the postseason with a win and a Patriots loss to the Jets in Week 17. With New England a heavy favorite in their game, however, it appears the Steelers may already be conceding a Patriots victory and will instead turn their attention to resting key players Sunday, if Gilbert's comments are to be believed. Jones was evasive when asked if he would start against the Browns, telling Benz that it was a "coach's decision." More information on the status of Roethlisberger should be known no later than shortly after inactives are released about 90 minutes before the Sunday's 1 p.m. EST kickoff, in the event Tomlin declines to comment on the matter beforehand. In spot action across his five seasons in the league, Jones has completed 59.9 percent of his passes and has a 7:6 TD:INT ratio, numbers that won't necessarily make him attractive fantasy dart if he does in fact receive the start. Jones' upside would be further limited without the Steelers' top two playmakers in Le'Veon Bell -- who Gilbert also said would sit out Sunday -- and Antonio Brown (lower leg) flanking him.
Jones (abdomen) is expected to play in his first preseason game Saturday against the Colts, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Coach Mike Tomlin said that this is a big week for Jones, who has been battling an abdominal injury for nearly a month. With his return to health, Jones is on track to serve as the primary backup to starter Ben Roethlisberger in the coming season.
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|15||12/16||New England Patriots||30||21.53|
|16||12/23||@New Orleans Saints||18||19.06|
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