NFL Blooper of the Year in Preseason Week 1
First year, first game; first play nerves got Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Landry Jones. The heir to the Iron Curtain was drafted by the Steelers in the 4th round to eventually take the team over after Ben Roethlisberger. NFL expert odds have the Steelers at 20 to 1 to win the Super Bowl.
Jones was drafted from Oklahoma where he led the Sooners to double-digit wins in all of his seasons as the starting quarterback. With Jones at the helm, Oklahoma went 3-1 in bowl games including their Fiesta Bowl victory against Connecticut. Jones had great success at Oklahoma, totaling 16,646 yards and 123 touchdowns after following Sam Bradford.
This past week during NFL Preseason Week 1, Jones’ took the snap and ran into RB Baron Batch, which led to a fumble and a safety. The Steeler veterans are surely not going to let the rookie QB forgets his mistake until he wins his first NFL starts.
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Steeler’s fans know that Jones wasn’t drafted to be sitting on his behind all season long. He will start the season as the #2 but as many times as Big Ben gets sacked NFL experts would say it’s a safe bet Mike Tomlin won’t hesitate to throw the rookie in late this season if and after the Steelers clinch.
Jones proved in his college career that he is an accurate passer, completing over 60 percent of his passes every season as a starter. His outstanding bowl record shows that he has the intangibles, and the ability to win the big games. He has the ability to throw the deep ball and has great football knowledge and understanding of defenses.
Jones a traditional pocket passer with not much mobility, but he has good size and is able to look over the offensive line. These physical and mental attributes are what every quarterback in the NFL needs.
Now if the Steelers can only get their running game on track.