The Steelers have a unique, and interesting situation at the backup QB position.
Jones came in relief of Michael Vick in Week 6 of last season. Vick sustained an injury that forced him to leave the game. Jones finished the game 8 for 12, 168 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a QB rating of 149.3. I have no doubt in my mind that if Vick had played the entire game, we wouldn’t have won. But Jones struggled the next week against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Finishing the game 16 for 29, 209 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a QB rating of 60.8. Jones has shown promise, but also some doubt. The 2016 season is going to be a big year for Jones. Obviously, he isn’t going to start, but if (God forbid) Ben goes down again, Jones could get the call. So, it’s extremely important for him to make the most of every opportunity this year.
Since Big Ben remained healthy for the past few seasons (besides last season), Gradkowski has barely seen the field. But besides all that, I’d like to see Gradkowski back with the Steelers. He’s currently an UFA. He’s a great teammate, he always seems to be helping guys on the sideline, he’s a great locker room guy, and he’s from Pittsburgh.
Right now, there seems to be nobody in line for Gradkowski’s services. Although it remains to be seen if the Steelers will bring him back, I think they will. A guy who knows the system and has been around for a few years. Again, don’t even suggest for the Steelers to bring Vick back. No way, heck no.