Jones is working out for the Cowboys on Monday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Jones was cut by the Steelers prior to the start of the 2018 season after three years with the team. Jones appeared in 19 games for Pittsburgh, making five starts, and posted eight touchdowns and seven interceptions in that time. Should he end up signing with the Cowboys, he'd likely be viewed as an upgrade over Cooper Rush as the team's backup quarterback.
Jones completed six of nine passes for 44 yards and an interception during Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.
The interception came just three plays after first-round draft pick Terrell Edmunds intercepted Marcus Mariota and returned it to the Tennessee 24-yard line. Jones also fumbled deep in Pittsburgh territory, but avoided further damage with his own recovery. This effort did little to improve Jones' chances of winning the back-up quarterback job with just one preseason game remaining.
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 some 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 thus need to beat out Rudolph in order to stick on the roster ahead of Dobbs.
Jones completed 23 of 27 passes for 239 yards, with a touchdown, an interception and a fumble, and ran three times for minus six yards in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Browns. He had attempted just one other pass this season, which was incomplete, and ran a total of eight times for minus two yards in three games.
Jones got the start against Cleveland, as Pittsburgh basically conceded home-field advantage to New England. His performance as Ben Roethlisberger's backup over the past five seasons has been lackluster, completing 108 of 169 passes for 1,310 yards, with eight touchdowns, seven interceptions and two fumbles in 18 games, including five starts. He'll likely face competition from Joshua Dobbs for the backup job behind Roethlisberger next season.
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