It didn't take much, but the Pittsburgh Steelers have promoted Landry Jones on the team's official depth chart. No, Jones isn't the new No. 1 signal caller, but with Ben Roethlisberger likely to return to action this week against the Cincinnati Bengals, it is Jones who is now listed as the team's No. 2 quarterback, not Mike Vick.
Landry Jones is now officially listed as No. 2 on #Steelers depth chart ahead of Vick. He deserves that designation— Dale Lolley (@dlolleyor) October 27, 2015
This shouldn't come as a shock to anyone with the ability to watch football. Jones has outplayed Vick in every possible sense of the term, but more importantly, Jones has gained the trust of the coaching staff to the point where he would be the "next man up" if Roethlisberger were to be lost again for any amount of time.
Despite Jones' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7 at Arrowhead Stadium, the loss can not be put solely on his shoulders. Jones made some significant strides in his growth and maturation the past two weeks, and the question now can be raised whether the Steelers now have their true back up quarterback moving forward.
Jones has one year left on his rookie contract after the 2015 season, and could certainly be signed for cheap if the team decides to do so after 2016, but with Bruce Gradowski's contract to expire at the end of the season, the team could look to Jones to help solidify the depth at the quarterback position. Jones' play, and understanding of Todd Haley's offense, certainly makes him an attractive option to capture the backup role moving forward.