When the Pittsburgh Steelers released backup quarterback Landry Jones before the start of the season in favor of Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph, countless “experts” among the team’s beat writing community went out of there way to criticize the Steelers’ management for the decision. However, despite all the ridiculous praise heaped on him by many in the local press on his way out of the door, it was clear the rest of the NFL did not appear to share their belief in the quarterback.
Since being released by Pittsburgh, Jones has seemingly had tryouts with most of the league to no avail, but finally a team has emerged desperate enough for his services after the Jacksonville Jaguars announced they had signed him to their 53-man roster on Wednesday.
With Blake Bortles arguably one of the few starters in the NFL that Landry Jones could legitimately contend that he is better than, landing in Jacksonville could be the perfect place for Jones to resurrect his career. While Bortles is reportedly dealing with a shoulder injury, it is expected he will still play when the team returns from their bye in Week 10, with the former Steelers’ backup has be added in insurance just in case.
Given the Jaguars already have Cody Kessler on the roster as the primary backup to Bortles, it may also be worth noting that Jacksonville faces Pittsburgh in Week 11. Signing a player who was previously on the roster of an upcoming opponent just to tap them for information is far from unheard of and it would not be a surprise to see Jones looking for another new home after the Jaguars have played the Steelers in a few weeks.