The brutal truth in Pittsburgh is that Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t play every game. He’s one of the gutsiest and toughest quarterbacks in the NFL, but he’s getting older and has his limits. Last season was a disaster after he went out with rib and shoulder injuries.
When he returned, he was obviously not recovered. He’s a leader, however, and that meant he felt he needed to come back to lead the team on the field.
It would be a great move to get a player that can substitute for him at times and give him confidence that he can take time to recover from his injuries.
Landry Jones could be that player. His draft stock has taken a big hit and he is no longer a first-round talent, but he still has the kind of skills any NFL quarterback needs.
He is an accurate and strong quarterback with decent mobility and good intelligence. He has the ability to make smart defensive reads and adjustments. That’s among the hardest things to teach at the NFL level.
He needs to improve his touch and ability to throw short passes and also his deep reads in the NFL. Everything else seems pretty solid. His decision making wasn’t as good in 2012, but he is still an upper-echelon guy.
Pittsburgh could develop him as an eventual replacement for Roethlisberger in the same way the Green Bay Packers did with Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre. It cannot hurt to have a good backup behind a starter that has only once started all 16 games.