With the last practice of mini-camp officially canceled, the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to remain productive on Thursday, signing the last of their nine 2013 draft picks to his rookie contract. Financial terms remain undisclosed for the moment.
The fourth-round rookie passer has been bringing up the rear of the depth chart since becoming a part of the team in April. With veteran Bruce Gradkowski momentarily entrenched behind starter Ben Roethlisberger, Jones is expected to do little more than learn from two seasoned veterans all year. However, like most jobs with the Steelers, it will not be simply handed to him.
Competing with Jones for the third quarterback responsibilities, will be young journeyman John Parker Wilson. Wilson has not yet been impressive enough to warrant serious consideration in his young career, but he does have experience in an NFL system which should give him an advantage as both Wilson and Jones attempt to learn coordinator Tood Haley's offense.
Jones remains the leading candidate to be the third-man because of the team's draft investment in him; however, he does possess the size, the smarts and the skill-set to have a long, productive career in the NFL.