Steelers Landry Jones is a work in progress

USA TODAY Sports

Jones could supplant Big Ben someday, but the rookie realizes he has a long way to go just to make the roster; and he's taking it all one step at a time.

Rookie quarterback Landry Jones didn't have the most impressive rookie camp, but it seems nothing will keep people from asking if he is the heir-apparent to Ben Roethlisberger as franshise quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

When Jones was presented with the question personally, he was having none of it.

"I have no idea. You might want to talk to the coaches or Mr. Rooney on that one, what they want to do. I'm just here to learn football. They give me an opportunity to come play."

"You're just trying to remember the plays, remember where people are going. You have a lot of information thrown at you."

Jones will be the first one to tell you, he has a lot to learn about not only the NFL, but also offensive coordinator Todd Haley's system which has befuddled many since its implementation, as old habits are broken and new verbiage is employed. However, the Steelers are confident he has the size and mechanics to excel in their system, given proper time to develop.

Trying to put him in Roethlisberger's shoes before he begins his rookie training camp is not giving him time to develop. Jones knows he just has to take it slow, and learn from one of the league's best. Head coach Mike Tomlin described Jones as a good communicator at rookie camp; something Roethlisberger had to work on over his first two seasons in Pittsburgh.

Jones will be competing with veteran Bruce Gradkowski and project John Parker Wilson for two roster spots. Wilson would need the greatest preseason of all time, and Jones the worst, to make the Steelers give up on their fourth-round draft pick so soon. If the Steelers develop Jones into at least a serviceable backup, he will be worth the draft selection.The team, by keeping expectations realistic for Jones and insurance in Gradkowski, will continue to keep the pressure off of Jones as he tries to grow.

As Tomlin reminds everyone, "he's at the very beginning of his journey."

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