Third-string QB Jones steps up as Steelers win again

Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:37pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Pittsburgh Steelers supporters could be forgiven for forgetting about Ben Roethlisberger for a moment on Sunday after third-string quarterback Landry Jones came on to lead the team to a 25-13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

In his National Football League debut, Jones looked more like a seasoned veteran than a starry-eyed newcomer throwing a pair of touchdowns as the Steelers improved to 4-2 to stay in touch with unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals who top the AFC North with mark of 6-0.

With Roethlisberger sidelined for a third straight game due to a knee injury, back-up quarterback Mike Vick started, but proved ineffective before being replaced by Jones in the third quarter.

“It’s been a long road … but I’m just so thankful and blessed to finally get in there and play again,” the 2013 fourth round draft pick from Oklahoma told reporters.

“I played the way I’m capable of playing. I missed some throws, made some throws. There’s always room for improvement.

“I’m trying to prepare like the starters. In practice I don’t get a whole lot of reps.”

Jones, 26, took extra satisfaction from being allowed to look for touchdown passes, rather than just handing off the ball.

“It just instills a lot of confidence in me what the coaches think about me.

"I’m just so thankful they gave me a shot. They just didn’t hand the ball left and right off the bat. They let me get out there and throw and they trust me with the ball.”   Continued...

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones (3) is lifted up by guard David DeCastro (66) after throwing an 88-yard touchdown pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports