Steelers Pre-Camp Depth Chart Update – Quarterbacks

With minicamp in the rearview mirror and training camp on the horizon, the Pittsburgh Steelers should already have all of the main components of their offseason roster in place, with all draft picks signed and no more free agents projected to be added until further evaluation.

It’s possible that a need should arise for further additions, either due to poor performance or injuries, once we reach training camp.

But for the time being, we should take a look at the depth chart that the front office has put together since the end of the 2013 season and see how well it stacks up in terms of quality and depth.

Due to the cumbersome lengths that offseason rosters can reach, we will be projecting a number or range of roster spots per position and focusing on that number of players per position, with other potential notables receiving mention below.

Position: Quarterback

Projected Roster Spots: 3

Ben Roethlisberger: Entering his 11th season, Roethlisberger is of course ubiquitous when it comes to the Steelers, so regurgitation of history is unnecessary. What’s more significant is more recent developments.

As the offense around him continues to become younger, Roethlisberger is continually becoming more and more of a leader and a presence on this team, and that is being felt more this offseason than ever. By now, it feels organic, rather than forced.

Perhaps encouraged by the results obtained at the end of last season, it seems he has the fire to get this season started as soon as possible, and he’s driving his young offense to get on the same page.

Bruce Gradkowski: Last season, his first with Pittsburgh, Gradkowski did the two things most valued by head coaches in their backup quarterbacks: staying healthy and not playing a single snap.

The biggest contribution to the team thus far has been helping to recruit wide receiver Lance Moore to help shore up the wide receiver depth this offseason.

Landry Jones: Quarterback coach Randy Fichtner gave Jones, the second-year quarterback, the bulk of the second-team reps thus far this summer; however, he noted that this was an effort to even up the reps.

Still, some have noted that he is making quicker decisions as a result of having a better understanding of the system, and his accuracy has improved. He is still throwing his share of interceptions, however, and I’ve not heard any comment on his footwork. Jones and Gradkowski may be in for a battle for the backup position during training camp.

Others: The only other quarterback on the roster is rookie Brendon Kay. He appeared to flash some early during rookie minicamp and early OTAs, but he has quickly fallen by the wayside, and head coach Mike Tomlin dismissed a notion that he is in competition with Jones.

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  • steeltown

    I hope L.Jones improves in his 2nd camp/preseason.. and he should, would be great to hear some positives on a more regular basis.

  • Douglas Andrews

    The interceptions Jones has been throwing are a bit concerning. Seemed like last year he had a knock on him about skipping balls to receivers so it will be interesting to see him in a pre season game.

  • ApexSteel

    Why not let Kay and Jones battle it out? We didn’t invest a high draft pick in either one and neither one is the future anyway. Get the best third string QB you can get

  • joed32

    The fist day of OTAs some reporters were thinking the same thing because Kay looked good. The second day they recanted because he looked really bad. Nothing wrong with some competition though.

  • Scot Hickerson

    This story and the one that Mark Kaboly wrote about a Landry competing with Gradkowski is telling you that Jones will likely be the number 2 QB this year. Jones is obviously doing better than we are being led to believe You don’t go from a 63.4% completion of 2183 passes with only 52 sacks, 52 ints (Landry throws the ball away before he takes a sack which lowers his career percentage) and 16k yards in 4 year, to not being able to throw or do well in practice. One article I read said Ben had three interceptions in one practice. Landry is a lot better than your giving me Credit for. He had his rookie learning year. He is going to be impressive in camp and preseason.

  • joed32

    Fingers crossed.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Scott, he isnt going to beat out Grad this year. Maybe if he continues to improve next year? This year, its just not gonna happen. Grad is actually a pretty good athlete and system quarterback which is exactly what Haley uses.

  • Scot Hickerson

    Gradkowski has been consistent sub 60% passer there is a reason why he never stuck after all these years. Haley’s system is becoming just like the one that Jones ran at OU and he is more perfect for. Lots of no huddle and quick passes and up tempo. For these two Pittsburgh sports guys(Matthew Marcuzi and Mark Kaboly) to bash Landry a lot then come out with an article that admits Landry is really improved and is getting all of the number 2 reps and he has improved and there will be a camp battle. They know something and they are just giving people a warning so they aren’t surprised.