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Steelers Release Landry Jones, Making Mason Rudolph Likely QB2 in Pittsburgh

Jones out, Rudolph and Dobbs round out QB room with Big Ben.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are parting ways with veteran backup quarterback Landry Jones, as the team reduced its roster to 53.

The talk of the offseason and into this preseason in Steel City surrounded Pittsburgh’s three backup quarterbacks and how they would handle the group leading into the season opener.

Mason Rudolph was the third round pick that fell into the team’s lap. Josh Dobbs was the second-year player who has done nothing but improve through fall camp. And Jones was the longtime QB2 to Big Ben who was entering a contract year.

Teams don’t typically retain four signal callers once final roster cuts are made and it was assumed that the decision would be between the rookie Rudolph and Dobbs with the latter likely taking the fall.

Instead, it appears the Steelers chose to avoid any contract decision at the end of this coming season and to get younger (and cheaper) in the QB room. This was likely made possible by some promising play from both Rudolph and Dobbs — both of which appear in line to make the 53-man roster — and their desire to groom Rudolph to be Roethlisberger’s eventual replacement.

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