Steelers QB Landry Jones to teammates: 'Don't panic'

Landry Jones delivered a simple but defiant message to his team on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's game against the Patriots. 

"Don't panic." 

Jones, who is 1-1 as a starter, will probably be the Steelers' starting quarterback for the next 4-6 weeks, as it was reported on Wednesday that Ben Roethlisberger is expected to miss more time than expected after undergoing surgery on his torn meniscus. 

“You never know when he is going to embrace us and throw out those types of words,” Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats said on Wednesday. “It was good to hear from him.

“We are extremely confident. We’re not worried about who you put out there. We understand the next man motto doesn’t matter at any position. As you have seen this year, we have had those guys come in and have success. It’s no different with Landry. We are anticipating him coming in there and playing a great game. He has put his work in, studied and it’s his time to shine.”

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Jones, Pittsburgh's backup quarterback for the past four years, said that he can't be too worried about making mistakes. 

“I think if you’re a backup in these types of situations, you can almost try to be too perfect and too careful,” said Jones. “One time Coach (Mike) Tomlin said something along the lines of, ‘Gun fighters are going to get shot.’ For me, I have to go out there and cut it loose and play like that rather than trying to be too careful. Try to just go out there and take every check down that I can. Obviously, you have to play smart. But, you have to take what the defense gives you and try to be cautiously aggressive.”

Jones played in parts of seven regular season games last season, going 1-1 as a starter. In his first ever regular season action, Jones completed 8 of 12 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh's Week 6 victory over the Cardinals. Three weeks later, Jones completed a 57-yard pass to Antonio Brown that set up Pittsburgh's game winning field goal against Oakland.

But Jones also had his low moments, suffering through three turnovers the following week in Kansas City while throwing an interception in the Steelers' wild card game in Cincinnati. It's those experiences that Landry said will help him on Sunday against a Patriots' defense that is allowing just 15.2 points per game. 

“You can just draw from the experience from last year,” Jones said. “Learn from things you did well, learn from things you didn’t do so well and just draw from the experience.

“They’re a great, disciplined group,” Jones said of the Patriots. “That’s kind of how (Bill) Belichick coaches them. He’s going to have guys who are going to go out there and do what they’re asked to do. We have a big challenge in front of us.

“They’re going to do what they do, but for each team there are little tweaks here and there. I’m sure they’ll have something different for us on Sunday and we’ll just have to get into the flow of the game.”

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