Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette provided the latest update on the veteran quarterback's status:
Without a timetable for Roethlisberger's return outside of next week, Landry Jones will take over under center for the immediate future.
Jones didn't feature much for the Steelers last year, but he made an impression on many fans. Filling in for an injured Roethlisberger, he went 32-of-55 for 513 yards and three touchdowns with four interceptions in seven games.
Roethlisberger's right shoulder was basically being held together with duct tape in the 2015 playoffs, and Pittsburgh still thought that was preferable to relying on Jones in a high-leverage situation.
Before last year, one might have assumed Pittsburgh's passing game would hardly miss a beat without Roethlisberger on the field. His absence would hurt, but the team still had Antonio Brown, arguably the NFL's best receiver, and another dangerous downfield threat in Markus Wheaton.
When Big Ben was out of action last year, though, Brown's production suffered, demonstrating that one great receiver can't single-handedly lift an entire offense:
|Antonio Brown 2015 Per-Game Splits|
Perhaps Jones is a hidden gem who needed a little NFL experience before becoming a productive quarterback. He wouldn't be the first player to emerge from relative obscurity to become a fantasy darling.
Over time, Jones could emerge as a strong QB2 option in standard leagues. For now, demand for the 27-year-old is unlikely to be high, which is a good thing for fantasy owners.
Rather than rushing to the waiver wire to snatch him up, those seeking quarterback help should be able to monitor Jones' progress before making a final decision. Should he put together a strong performance or two, he'd be worth consideration.