Jones Shows Improvement in 27-14 Win Over Saints
Am I going to take back what I have said about Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback, Landry Jones(3)? Not just yet. But I will admit that his outing in week 3 versus the New Orleans Saints was that of needing praise.
After two scoring drives in the first quarter with starting quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger(7) at the helm and a 14-0 lead over the Saints, Jones came into the game much to the dismay of Steelers fans and connected on his first pass of the game for a 14 yard gain to wide receiver, Darrius Heyward-Bey(88) after an 8 yard run by backup running back, DeAngelo WIlliams(34). only connect on another pass to receiver, Markus Wheaton(11) for a 36 yard pick up.
The drive later ended after a 10 yard holding penalty on the Steelers, a run for no gain by Williams, capped off by an uncharacteristic fumble by soon-to-be suspended starting running back, Le’Veon Bell(26)..forced by Saints’ Delvin Breaux and recovered by Dannell Ellerbe at the end of the 1st quarter. Leading to a 17 yard touchdown pass by New Orleans quarterback, Drew Brees(9) to reciver, Willie Snead.
Jones’ next series was in a 3 and out, which led to an 8 play, 43 yard drive by Brees and the Saints..ending with a turnover on downs. And after a couple of runs by Williams and Bell, Landry hit tight end, Xavier Grimble(85) for a 22 yard gain.Eight plays later Jones connected with hopeful 3rd receiver, Sammie Coates for an 8 yard TD.
11 plays, 61 yards with the time of possession of 3:56 ended in a Landry Jones scoring drive..not an interception going the other way. Something myself and I am sure the majority of fans of the “Black & Gold” assumed it might end with. But no..it did not.
After the end of the half the Steelers defense continued to play their game. the Saints first possession of the 2nd half lead to a 41 yard punt by punter, Thomas Morestead.
Enter, L. Jones..another 3 and out with yet another 10 yard offensive holding penalty attached ended with a Will Monday punt..leading to a 6 play, 63 yard touchdown pass by New Orleans’ 2nd string quarterback, Garret Grayson(18) to receiver, Tommylee Lewis(87). Making the score 21-14 in the 3rd quarter.
On the Steelers next possesion..the very first play of the drive, Jones threw a “Roethlisberger-Esque” 58 yard, beautifully placed pass to Coates which would have been an easy 6 points had it not been for Saints’safety, Vonn Bell. And although it was not a scoring play Landry Jones the play scored big in the eyes of myself, and all those who doubted his ability. The drive later was capped off by a Chris Boswell(9) 40 yard field goal. Steelers lead increased by 3 more points, 24-14.
HIGHLIGHTS: Week 3 Sttelers vs. Saints
The next possession by Jones was managed correctly, with the majority of plays being rushes by running back, Fitzgerald Toussaint(33) after a interception of Grayson by newly acquired linebacker, Steven Johnson(51), lead to once again a Boswell field goal putting Pittsburgh up by 13. Which was the last score of the game, and a pretty impressive redemption outing by a quarterback many of us had given up on. The time expired with the score 27-14..advantage..Pittsburgh, with the first win of the 2016 NFL Preseason.
Now, am I saying that Landry Jones has proven his viability as the backup to by far the best, yet horribly underrated by the media starting 2-Time Super Bowl Champion, Ben Roethlisberger? Absolutely not. But I am saying that if Jones can stay consistent like this more often and not get flustered at the first sign of pressure or obstacle in his path, he has a very good opportunity to become a QB we can somewhat trust should Ben ever go down..”God forbid”.
Until that time all we can do as fans is timidly back him, and hope that if he does ever have to step in for Roethlisberger in the future, he can repeat the 19/22 for 206 yards and a touchdown showing he gave us all against the New Orleans Saints like he did yesterday evening. #HereWeGo