Steelers rookie minicamp: Thomas, Hawthorne, McFadden impressive, Jones was not

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The extremely early results of the beginning of Landry Jones' career aren't exactly shining, according to media reports.

Just taking the word of one reporter, in this case, Tribune-Review's Mark Kaboly, may not be the law of the land when it comes to evaluation. The Steelers finish their rookie minicamp today, and according to Kaboly, some players impressed, some others, not so much.

Quarterback Landry Jones is in the latter of those two groups. He allegedly failed to complete a pass, or completed a very low percentage of throws, Friday, and, writes Kaboly, threw multiple interceptions Saturday.

"I know it hasn't looked good for Jones in two days, but it has only been two days. He will get better, there is no doubt about that."

Kaboly obviously feels Jones' weekend performance stood out enough to ask Steelers coach Mike Tomlin about it.

"It's a work in progress. I like his attitude. He's a good communicator, he's a sharp guy in the classroom, but like all the others, he's at the very beginning of his journey," Tomlin said.

Post-Gazette reporter Ray Fittipaldo didn't get into specifics about Jones' performance but did point out Jones is learning a new playbook and new terminology. It's understandable why his decision-making would be less than stellar in these shells practices.

"Terminology is different, protection is different. It's something you'll have to get used to," Jones said, as quoted by Fittipaldo. "You're just trying to remember the plays, trying to remember where people are going. You're having a lot of information thrown at you."

Jones's fellow fourth-round draftee, Shamarko Thomas, stood out during special teams drills, and, writes Kaboly, kick returner Reggie Dunn's "crazy speed" stood out (Steel City Insider's Jim Wexell shared a similar sentiment), as did the "smoothness" of fifth-round pick, cornerback Terry Hawthorne, and the "power and potential of first-year linebacker Marshall McFadden."


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