Jaguars sign veteran QB Landry Jones
The Jacksonville Jaguars explored the possibility of trading for a quarterback prior to Tuesday’s trade deadline, but they ultimately ended up standing pat. But the day after the deadline, the Jaguars have made a move to add another quarterback in veteran Landry Jones, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Starting quarterback Blake Bortles is apparently not quite at 100 percent following last Sunday’s game in London. He’s still expected to start in Week 10 against the Indianapolis Colts, but Jones is insurance just in case Bortles can’t go.
Jones, 29, spent the first five years of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He appeared in 19 games for the Steelers and went 3-2 in five career starts. He completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,310 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Jones was widely tipped to continue being Ben Roethlisberger’s primary backup in Pittsburgh. However, he was surprisingly cut with Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph taking over as Big Ben’s deputies.
The Jaguars benched the struggling Bortles in their Week 7 loss to the Houston Texans. Cody Kessler came on and went 21 of 30 for 156 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
With the Jaguars on a bye this week, Jones will have the opportunity to learn the Jags’ offensive system and overtake Kessler in the pecking order if Bortles can’t go against the Colts.