The Steelers shocked many when they selected QB Landry Jones in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. I myself, was not particularly thrilled with the pick, but I was intrigued. That selection is starting to look the worst out of the entire Steelers’ 2013 draft class. But you can’t evaluate draft classes so very early. Landry Jones wasn’t very impressive in his first preseason game, and many media members have said Jones did not have a good training camp.
The Steelers may be left with a No.3 quarterback dilemma. John Parker Wilson has looked sharp in camp and on the playing field. I think it’s safe to say Bruce Gradkowski will be the team’s backup quarterback. But the Steelers could be facing a tough decision between JPW and Jones.
First off you have to ask: Are the Steelers willing to throw away their fourth draft choice? Honestly, I find that very hard to believe. Secondly, you have to ask: How exactly do the Steelers view Landry Jones? Quite frankly, I’m not sure how to answer that question. I don’t know if the Steelers see Jones as a possible starter years down the road or not. Likely, the Steelers see Landry Jones as a valuable backup that can learn under Roethlisberger.
I also have a hard time believing the Steelers are going to cut Jones because of him not having a great training camp. They didn’t bring Landry Jones in to be a starter; they didn’t even bring Jones in to be the backup. John Parker Wilson is playing very well, but ultimately, he’s playing for a job somewhere else. The Steelers have simply invested way too much into Landry Jones to give up on him in his rookie season.
And don’t think for a second the Steelers would be willing to keep 4 QBs on their 53 man roster. It’s nice to see John Parker Wilson perform the way he has, but in the end, he is just a “camp arm.” Landry Jones will be the No.3 QB for the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers.