Brendon Kay Appears To Be Steelers Choice To Push Landry Jones During Camp

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Will Pittsburgh Steelers second-year quarterback Landry Jones be pushed hard from behind this year in training camp? If so, who will be doing that pushing?

The Steelers rookie mini camp got under way on Friday and while there’s reportedly three quarterbacks taking part in the practices, only one is currently under contract and that’s Brendon Kay, who was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati.

According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Kay showed good accuracy during the first practice session.

Kay being reported as being accurate with his throws probably shouldn’t be considered big news, however, as he completed 66.2% of his 393 pass attempts last season with only 12 interceptions. Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood even talked about Kay’s accuracy last November prior to his team playing the Bearcats.

“I think completion percentage is indicative of two things: the types of passes they throw and the quality of the decisions that a quarterback makes,” Flood said, according to NJ.com. “I think they do a very good job. Brendon is an excellent decision maker and within their scheme, they ask him to do things that he’s really good at.”

Scouting reports on Kay indicate that he has “good” arm strength and gets the football out fast. I should note, however, that other reports state that the Bearcats passing attack included quite a bit of screens, but being as I haven’t seen a lot of tape of them from last season, I can’t confirm or deny whether or not that’s true. In his highlight videos, however, you will see him air it out quite a few times.

The Steelers normally like to carry four quarterbacks on their roster during the early stages of training camp and the preseason, and while the early reports on Kay seem to be positive, he will have to show a lot more over the course of the summer in order to put himself into position to knock Jones, who was drafted in the fourth-round last year, off the roster.

Jones didn’t impress last year during the preseason, so this season he will certainly need to show big progress in order to prove that he has a future with the Steelers. The Jones versus Kay argument should be a good one heading into training camp assuming the Cincinnati product is still on the roster at that time.

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  • Paddy

    I wouldn’t worry about Kay he’s just a plugger

  • steeltown

    Good I hope he excels, competition is necessary

  • Kurt Williams

    it doesn’t look like either will push Gradkowski. If any of these 2 gets playing time in the regular season, it’s trouble.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Could’ve had Zach Mettenberger w/ the 5th rd comp pick.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    He was arrested for battery in 2010, history of drug use. And very slow wind up. NO, NO, NNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • Aric Brown

    The same can be said for Michael Sam

  • Matt Manzo

    Was that the first one of the year?!

  • Aric Brown

    Ice broken

  • joed32

    OTAs and training camp is Kaboly’s time to stir the pot. Anything negative he can come up with about the team.

  • http://www.amazon.com/The-Sibyl-Reborn-ebook/dp/B009KNQHSM James P. Kelly

    The TE he connects with in the second video [above] is the “Blake Annen” that Dave Te Thomas told us about in a pre-draft podcast.

  • DoctorNoah

    Ouch. Problem with Sam is his size and measureables (that’s what he said?).

    In reality that’s why the ACC defensive player of the year lasted until the end of the 7th round. Where does he fit into an NFL defensive scheme?

  • SteelersDepot

    Care to tell the class where the negative is here?

  • Scot Hickerson

    This is such a non story. Kay is the 2014 Caleb Turbush. They need QB’s for the rookie mini camp. I don’t think Landry is participating in it is he?

    I don’t get why so many Pittsburgh sports guys dump on Landry. I predict that Landry Surpasses Gradkowski this year and Landry will be Pittsburgh’s Aaron Rodgers.. No new contract for Ben means Landry is doing better than we think.

  • blue

    If any of these bums see the field we’re in trouble.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Gradkowski? Nope not this year. Grad is to accomplished of a passer with great mobility also. I think Landry is capable of getting better this year and solidifying his 3rd spot though.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    All fixable….lol.

  • RMSteeler

    If somehow Kay was to light it up in camp, what value in next year’s draft would 4th round Jones have for trade pick(s) if a QB starved team had an urgent need due to injury or awful camp play? Same as Plax?

  • SteelersDepot

    You think?

  • SteelersDepot

    What? Does your boss allow drinking on Fridays? lol

  • Steve

    Now with Cleveland or Houston we might have some bait.

  • ApexSteel

    None

  • joed32

    He’s implying that Jones is so bad that this UDFA is going to push him for the job.

  • SteelersDepot

    He implied he was more accurate than Landry was this same time last year. Take the tin foil hat off.

  • Luke Shabro

    SEC

  • Steelers@2010

    Now that was not nice

  • joed32

    Just read Kaboly through camp and you’ll see what I mean. He wrote things like “Which undrafted free agent beat DeCastro today”. Maybe you know him and he’s a friend of yours?

  • scott2443

    landry is the butter …kay is the parkay ..let the battle begin

  • SteelersDepot

    Would you not like to know which undrafted rookie got the best of DeCastro during a practice? Sounds like you have something REAL personal here against Kaboly.

  • blue

    Just win baby!

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Lol too soon

  • Scot Hickerson

    I am sure that Green Bay fans thought it was Crazy drafting Aaron Rodgers with a first round pick when Favre was in his prime. I am sure they didn’t like not renewing Farve’s contract either. Landry is that good and he will be a starting franchise starting QB. You guys bash on him with no real evidence that he is even doing bad. It took Aaron Rodgers 3 years of training and work to be ready. I think Landry will be there in two years. Laugh but I think I will have the last laugh.

  • Scot Hickerson

    After Ben took to the shorter passing game, I don’t see him getting hurt this year so it may not matter who’s second or third but I do think that they will Move Landry ahead of Gradkowski to get more snaps.

  • JAMESH

    Call Charlie! Call Charlie!

  • Nathaniel Sullivan

    I hope your right. I see it too but it’s hard to see ben not in a steelers uniform.

  • Ryan

    Lol big difference between Rodgers and Landry there bro even coming out of college Rodgers was miles better than Landry. Theres a reason Landry was a 4th round pick and Rodgers was a first and worst would’ve been an early 2nd round pick.

  • Aric Brown

    ya definitely sub-par in all the measureables, but every once in a while a player is just great at playing football even if he isnt the biggest strongest or fastest… that being said I don’t expect Michael Sam to be one of those players

  • Aric Brown

    I gotta say that I hope you are right, but just for perspective I believe Landry Jones could have went undrafted were he in this years draft

  • Scot Hickerson

    How was Aaron Rodgers so much better than Landry? Aaron Completed 63.8 percent of 665 passes for 5469 yards on 43 td’s with only 13 int’s in 2 years.

    Landry Completed 63.25 percent of 2183 passes for 16,667 yards and 123 TD, 51 int’s in 4 years.. How much better could you do than to average 4,000 yards and 30 Td’s a year for 4 years in a BCS nationally ranked School. You could almost compare Landry’s Sophomore year with Rodgers whole college Career. 65% completion of 617 passes for 4700 yards 38 td’s and 12 int’s LOL…. Had Landry gone into the draft in 2012 he would have probably been a first rounder. Kiper ranked him 15 in the top 50 prospects. In 2013 they went on and on about a bad QB class and everybody fell in that draft.

  • Scot Hickerson

    If Landry was in the 2012 draft he would have been a first Round pick He was ranked at the end of his Junior year by Kiper 15 in the top 50 prospects ahead of tannehill and brandon Wheaton. He had a much better career than Blake Bortles against real competition.

  • Ryan

    Landry is known for crumbling under pressure and having to look to the sideline for adjustments when facing a complex defense and lacks confidence. Hes also very erratic with his downfield accuarcy. Rodgers biggest concern coming out of college was the occasional ball placement issue. Stats dont tell you everything.

  • METAL_HAMMER

    Looks to me that he slightly under-throws his long passes. Good way to get intercepted in the NFL.

  • AzheDraven

    Its because he was spoiling the draft :( lol

  • AzheDraven

    Every kiss begins with Kay (?)

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Smokin much?

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    It would be a lot less laughable if he had shown anything in the NFL to support your claims. Jones has potential, yes, but it’s unrealized as yet. And the Rodgers comparisons are beyond hyperbole.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    What he was ranked the year before he got drafted means as much as what he threw in HS. Nothing.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Maybe then we’d finally get to hear:
    “With the number one pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select…”

    Not that anyone here would necessarily want to have those words said….would be kinda neat though.
    Dang..!!! What am I saying..!!!

  • shawn

    ur smoking dope right … please confirm otherwise ur head is in the clouds !

  • shawn

    dude u are delusional … Im a huge OU fan … and Landry will never .. i repeat NEVER EVER be more than a decent backup at best in the NFL … he doesnt have any of the qualities that are needed to rise above mediocrity in the pros !

  • shawn

    thanks … this guy is dreaming !

  • shawn

    honestly just from the few plays above … i think i like him more than landry, has good size, good accuracy and moves well in the pocket and doesnt get flustered which landry does … definitely would be nice to put him on the practise squad …

    this guy could easily beat out landry, if landry doesnt vastly improve this year … he could have an early exit !

  • Scot Hickerson

    that is not even true.. Do you know how many times Landry was sacked in 2183 passes in college?? only 52 Ben was sacked 46 last year a lone.. Landry gets ride of the ball quick and throws it away rather than taking a sack. His completion percentage would be higher if he took more sacks. He may make a handful of mistakes where he should have taken a sack, but he doesn’t loose yards kill drives and won 40 games in 4 years. He is very good at avoiding pressure. He threw it away in preseason a lot cause the 3rd string o line sucked bad. He was only sacked twice .

  • Scot Hickerson

    Mr. Charlie Batch and I must be smoking the same stuff, I am just repeating what he said when Landry was drafted. He is a QB and team insider and said Landry would be cheaper than Ben at 34, 35, 36, 37. Both the Colts and the Packers moved on before their QB was completely done the Steelers are going to do the same thing.

  • Scot Hickerson

    OU fans crapped on him for not being perfect and not winning a national championship when they needed to complain about having crappy defenses his sophomore- Senior years. Jones carried that team on his shoulders a lot of years. Landry can and will become a Peyton manning or Tom Brady type QB. your just wrong…

  • Scot Hickerson

    Charlie Batch didn’t think so he maybe didn’t use the Rodgers comparison, but said Landry is Ben’s Replacement. Landry will show a lot this year, now that he knows the offense. and has had a year to adjust. He was still the first QB to throw a TD pass in 2013.

  • shawn

    BB had one of his best years and is at the top of his game …. has 5 solid seasons left …. While Landry had great stats in college he never stepped up when it counted and right now is 50/50 at best if he will even ever make it as a solid back up .. I’m rooting for him to eventually make it to that level .. but let me be clear regardless of what batch said ( who never himself was more than a solid back up) Landry does not have the talent to EVER be a starter in this league !

  • Scot Hickerson

    Maybe so but he is better than the round that he was drafted in..

  • shawn

    are u the same person spouting this type of nonsense several months back ??? Its ok, go on believing that he is the next peyton manning … its clear that u have a crush on the guy … i get it, sorry but he will only disappoint u but go ahead keep believing …

    Bradford was the BEST QB OU has had by a mile …. and look how he is still struggling in the pros, have no idea what makes u think Landry will be so much better when he showed none of the special talent that bradford had !

  • Scot Hickerson

    Sam had special talent? Yea Bradford best season was a little better than Landry’s but not much and he had a top defense. Sam went to the worst team in the league in the toughest conference, Sam’s best years are in front of him.

  • Scot Hickerson

    The packers got rid of Favre when he had 4 good years left, The colts got rid of manning when he had ?? years left I would say 3-4. This isn’t about Ben its about Salary Cap and staying competitive as a team. When your 6’4 and play at a major BCS School and you set the records that he did how could he not succeed. He proved it. What you think is irrelevant.

  • joed32

    He said that day after day. When you run drills over and over everybody gets beat. I won’t complain about him anymore. I realize that he’s trying to get people to pay attention to his stuff and negativity draws more attention. But I’ll keep the hat just in case.

  • shawn

    Sam was miles ahead of Landry … did u not watch the games or u just can’t tell the difference … anyways keep on believing whatever u believe … it aint gonna ever happen !

  • shawn

    this is my last reply … favre was not the same player sorry .. the reason they got rid of him is because they had a better replacement not because he was cheaper … if we had a better replacement ya BB might be down to his last couple years as well .. but that aint happening …

    Peyton was an entirely different matter as well … there was no telling if Peyton would ever return to form and they had the chance to get one of the best QBs to come out in 20 years so ya it was another good move .. i would have done the same … lets face it Peyton is and always will be a regular season QB … rarely won when it counts even dating back to college

    u are comparing totally different situations …

  • Weiss Chad

    I couldn’t disagree more.All they have done is draft o lineman after I lineman to protect the big man in his later yrs.Ben still has four to five yrs in steelers uniform IMO.

  • Weiss Chad

    You don’t get rid of a franchise qb while he can still play. This team has been rebuilt to give Ben a chance to make another run .Imo if not next year this team is tottally stacked in 2015

  • Weiss Chad

    He has looked so inaccurate at times several scouts thought he looked undraftable

  • Shannon Stephenson

    This is the year where we need to see Landry take a step. If Kay can give him that extra push that would be great. We need to find out if Jones is serviceable this year IMO. I hope he succeeds!

  • Weiss Chad

    If the new wr corp. does what we hope (the new version of Burress,Holmes,and Ward) I could see potential because he had a quick release but I ‘m not to sure that he has yet to show any of that onto the field .I hope the steelers do what whatever they gotta do to get another franchise qb but I also believe at the very least that it is also atleast three years away and that he is not on roster yet.The qb competition this year isn’t between gradkowski and jones but rather jones and that kid from Rutgers.I hope you are right but I think best case scenario is a Charlie batch type player .

  • Jason White

    LMFAO!!!

  • Brian Miller

    That, but he was also known for having the “David Carr” Syndrome, or perceiving pressure when there wasn’t any and making mistakes due to this invisible pressure. Many GB fans will tell you that the best thing Rodgers learned from Favre was to ignore pressure until it was real, and then deal accordingly. Those 3 years did really pay off for him.

  • Brian Miller

    Push Jones as much as you can. These next 2 seasons are crucial for the organization to find out if that pick last year was a waste or not. Only time will tell, but competition is NEVER a bad thing.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    His ceiling is, yes, that’s why they picked him when he fell. But teams also saw concerns that made him fall in a weak QB draft. He hasn’t addressed those yet, so it’s too early to say any bold predictions.

  • Scot Hickerson

    How do you complete 63.25 percent of 2183 passes and be inaccurate? The more attempts the more chances to miss plus he was only sacked 12 times a year with 545 throws. So he threw it away a lot. A QB with 30-50 sacks will have a higher completion rate, but is killing their team. Bridgewater was sacked 80 times in three years and had only 50% of Landry’s production.

  • Scot Hickerson

    I am not saying that they are not going to try to make a run at it this year and next year but when Ben’s Contract is up I am saying they will go with Landry instead of paying Ben top dollar (100 million plus) for his last 4 years. That is if Landry is good enough and I think he will be.

  • Scot Hickerson

    You are right that you don’t get rid of your Franchise QB unless you have an equivalent replacement. Then you don’t pay your Franchise QB a top League Contract in his last few years. when you have someone just as good for a fraction of the money. I think that Landry will be that Good. The team isn’t renewing Bens contract are they? Plus there was trade talk last year Before things turned around

  • Scot Hickerson

    Miles?? Sam only played two years. He had that magical year where they went undefeated but he had practically the number one defense in College football. Sam is good but He was lucky he got hurt or he would have fallen in the draft. He lost a couple of games starting that year.

  • Scot Hickerson

    A players stats are a totality of what you will see on tape. There was no “phantom pressure” When you throw it 545 times a year for a 63.2 % average completion for 4k average yards and are only sacked 13 times a year then you are good at avoiding pressure and its not an issue. Ben threw it like 465 times last year but was sacked 46 times. the stat that everyone should look at more with a QB is how many times he is sacked. if you don’t throw it away and take sacks then your % completion is higher but you loose yards and kill drives and punt more.

  • Steel PAul

    Kid throws a nice ball. And uh… we have a lot of screen plays.

    Watch out Landry!

  • Brian Miller

    That is not actually true all of the time…just because Rodgers threw for a lot of yards didn’t mean he didn’t feel phantom pressure. Look up the scouting reports from when he came out of Cal, and look up the reports from Green Bay, the team that has more knowledge of him than you and me combined. That is what the report was, and he got better with that over time sitting behind Favre.

  • Scot Hickerson

    My point about Jones was about that he doesn’t get sacked much for his high number of attempts. One QB skill that is underrated and not talked about is getting rid of the ball and not taking sacks. Ben took 46 last year Id rather have a QB that gets rid of the ball two quick or makes a handfull of mistakes getting rid of it than one who hangs on to it and is sacked and looses all those yards and causes 3rd and long and punts and kills drives.. Landry was only sacked 52 times in 2183 throws. His phantom pressure label comes from feeling pressure and not having anyone open so he gets rid it quick. Aaron takes a lot of sacks and doesn’t throw it away. In 2012 Aaron threw it 550 times and was sacked 51 times and in the same amount of attempts Landry was only sacked 13 times on average. Every QB despite a poor oline can throw it away before getting sacked.