Landry Jones Leads Steelers to 14-3 HOF Game Loss to Vikes


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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin wanted to get a good look at his backups yesterday evening. One of those backups quarterback Landry Jones did everything to prove why he is barely a #3 QB..let alone a viable backup.

Jones, who played the entire four quarters of last night’s 14-3 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the 2015 Hall of Fame game went 16 of 32 for 135 yards. The plus side? He threw 0 interceptions, but evened that out with 0 touchdown passes as well.

“I just wanted to see a winning performance,” head coach Tomlin said. “We come into these situations to win. August or no, that’s what we’re looking for — not only in (Jones) but all of us collectively. He’s got room for improvement. Obviously, some of the game-management things, delays of game, we can’t have.”

Jones led the Steelers to just one scoring drive out of 11 with an impressive 35-yard throw to Shakim Phillips, who made an even more impressive catch, beating first-round cornerback Trae Wayens. The only scoring drive ending in a field goal, Pittsburgh’s only points of the night. Points that could have resulted in a touchdown had Jones noticed a wide open, Sammie Coates in the end zone.

Which leads me to say that Jones wasn’t completely 100% to blame. Rookie tightend Jesse James basically proved that wide open or not, he is not ready to play at the Professional level. You can argue “butterflies” but butterflies are not a part of the game of winners. And winners do not bobble and drop two passes back to back, one resulting in a missed touchdown..the other in an interception.

There were however sparks of tremendous play by second year running back/return man Dri Archer, who showed his rushing, receiving and YAC abilities on a number of plays. One in particular was the 15 yard scamper on a 3rd and 14 draw play with 4:33 left in the 1st quarter. Proving that he would show what he had just like he had stated in training camp. Still, it’s too early to tell.

Back to the topic at hand, Landry Jones is no #3..#2..or #1 quarterback in my book, at least not for the Pittsburgh Steelers. And had it not been for the slacker play of Vikings corner, Waynes, he would not have even had the little success he did. He is a check down QB who avoids looking down the field. There is really no other way to put it.