Landry Jones will get an extended audition in prime time


When football season officially returns with the first of 65 unofficial games, a guy who may not have a job come September 10 will get plenty of work.

Via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Steelers quarterback Landry Jones will start Sunday night’s game against the Vikings. He also will play “deep into the second half and possibly the entire game.”

With Ben Roethlisberger signed deep into the decade as the starter and backup Bruce Gradkowski entering the final year of his contract as the No. 2, it’s looking like up-or-out time for Jones, a fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft.

“He has had his moments before, but none more definitive than this in this part of his career,” quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner said, via Kaboly. “He is getting a whole lot of work with [the first string], the [second string] and now is the time to let this all come together.”

Head coach Mike Tomlin put it more bluntly: He doesn’t care about practice; he wants to see Jones do it in games.

“His performance has been on a steady incline out there, but that is out there,” Tomlin said. “We prepare and play out there for what transpires in stadiums, and I am excited to watch him play.”

Jones has had no regular-season appearances in two years with the Steelers. He generated a passer rating of 65.0 in the 2014 preseason with 44 passes thrown and a rating of 53.1 in the 2013 preseason with 66 attempts.

11 responses to “Landry Jones will get an extended audition in prime time

  1. The Steelers definitely need to find a quarterback who can score more than 15 points in a home playoff game.

    9 points in the first 49 minutes and 3 interceptions in the last 11.

  2. They won’t learn much about him by playing against our porous defense!! Aaron put up 42 against us in less than 3 qtrs!

  3. Doesn’t hurt to put the guy out there in preseason. Might as well see what your 3rd string QB can do in “live game action” and lessen the chance of injury to your #1 and #2.

  4. I will reserve judgment until after the game. To be fair, it’s difficult to make any NFL team’s roster, especially when you’re 3rd string and have a very limited amount of opportunity to show what you’re capable of.

  5. Main thing for Jones is to put blinders on when Ben is out there. Putting up a pitiful 15 points/game, tossing picks in the end zone – no one needs to see that mess. LOL.

  6. Because there’s something happening here but you don’t what it is, do you Mister Jones?

    Landy named after Tom Landry, whose Cowboys lost to the Steelers SB 10 and 13.

  7. “TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Aug 8, 2015 3:22 PM”

    (posted his usual deluded dribble)

    My goodness, you do enjoy embarrassing yourself over and over, junior, while the rest of us laugh at you. (Here is a hint, coward: the Steeler’s 1st string QB has two SB victories, having led the team to both. On his way to the HOF, too.)

  8. To bad he wasn’t on the team when doctor hgh had border line players juiced enough to make them good. Zero titles since he got busted

  9. arianil985 says:
    Aug 8, 2015 1:27 PM

    They won’t learn much about him by playing against our porous defense!! Aaron put up 42 against us in less than 3 qtrs


    Pomder threw back to back Pick 6’s but cool story.

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