Charlie Batch discusses possibility of Steelers grooming Landry Jones to replace Ben Roethlisberger

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers turned heads on Day 3 of the NFL Draft when they selected previously highly touted quarterback Landry Jones out of Oklahoma. Clearly, with a strong starting quarterback in place, a fourth round pick being spent on the position will cause a cranium to crane a little bit.

Former Steelers back-up quarterback and current free agent Charlie Batch told the Post-Gazette Monday he isn't sure whether the team is taking the assumption that Landry will eventually replace incumbent Ben Roethlisberger as the starting quarterback.

He raised issues whether the move was more to replace an aging Batch, giving a younger option to eventually serve as a game-to-game substitute as Roethlisberger, now 32, has suffered more injuries the last few seasons. The Steelers brought in veteran journeyman Bruce Gradkowski this off-season, and he will likely serve as the team's primary back-up.

It's worth keeping an eye on Jones' progress this offseason, because Roethlisberger hasn't been healthy in December for the last two seasons. He's only missed one of the team's December games, but has played well below his standard in that time, including a disastrous end of the 2012 season in which the Steelers lost to Dallas, San Diego and Cincinnati, ending their playoff hopes.

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