Former Sooner Landry Jones Poised To Be Steelers Backup QB

Former Sooner Landry Jones looks like a quarterback ready to move into the No. 2 job behind Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers might think he is not ready to pass Bruce Gradkowski for that job, but they feel a whole lot better about him today than they had in his previous two years.

That is why they drafted him in the fourth round from Oklahoma in 2013, and this summer he has taken some big steps. It helped him that Gradkowski opened camp on the shelf after practicing little in the spring with a sore shoulder. That has provided Jones with more practice and playing time, and he picked up more Sunday when Gradkowski left the game late in the second quarter with a finger injury on his left hand in his first and brief appearance in the preseason.

Jones finished the game and rallied his team from 16-9 down to victory.

His coach has taken notice of the improvement..

“It’s largely been arrow pointed up,” Mike Tomlin said. “Like I’ve said before, it’s big picture. We have so much football in front of us right now, so I don’t want to paint with a broad brush at this point. He’s got a lot of opportunities in front of him, as do all of the men.” (Post-Gazette)

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