Steelers claim John Parker Wilson off waivers from Jaguars

Sam Greenwood

With only one quarterback under contract for the 2013 season, the Steelers put in the only claim for the recently waived Jaguars' backup.

Former Falcons quarterback John Parker Wilson had one waiver claim after being released from Jacksonville.

The team with a concrete starter but no back-ups, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A second-year pro out of Alabama, Wilson has yet to play a snap in the regular season with Atlanta or Jacksonville, but the Steelers think enough of him to bring him into the fold this offseason.

A team has to have someone to throw the ball during training camp, and they won't want to waste the arms of the starter and the back-up.

But who, exactly, is the Steelers back-up? It's an interesting question sometimes overlooked. Neither Charlie Batch nor Byron Leftwich are under contract for the 2013 season. While Parker cannot legitimately be considered an option for the back-up spot, he's the only quarterback currently on the roster not named Roethlisberger.

Will a back-up come via the draft, or will the Steelers look to ink Leftwich and Batch to deals before the season starts? It's a matter of some conjecture, but having a reliable back-up option is a necessity, considering the amount of damage Roethlisberger has taken over the past few years, and the increase in playing time seen by back-ups.


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