With the Steelers cutting Tajh Boyd, I unfortunately must admit that I was wrong when I wrote he would beat out Landry Jones for the #3 QB spot.
Boyd really can’t blame anyone but himself with all of his fumbled snaps in camp. I’m sure if he had that under control and really impressed early on he would’ve given himself a chance.
However, by the time the Hall of Fame game rolled around I think the Steelers had pretty much already decided that Landry Jones has the job for better or worse. During the time of this writing, I’m honestly not sure it even matters what Landry does in the next 2 preseason games.
For those, like myself, that want to see Landry have some pressure for his roster spot; I think there’s really only one long-shot scenario left.
Do-it-all athlete, Tyler Murphy, has looked pretty decent thus far for being an undrafted free agent.
Mike Tomlin told the nearby media in a practice last week that Murphy was “starting to show some Wide Receiver traits,” after catching several tough balls in live drills.
I think that the wide receiver group is pretty much set with Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates, and Darrius Heyward-Bey.
I think the coaching staff really like DHB, and carrying 6 receivers may be tough because I think they could end up carrying an extra cornerback and/or linebacker.
Murphy could really help the Steelers out in a number of ways, but it’s not going to be just as a receiver. He has to be able to be the 3rd string Quarterback to make the team.
The Steelers have to give him a shot though. Ben will probably get about 3 series on Sunday, and with Gradkowki just returning they’ll want to get him work I’d guess for the rest of the half.
Let Tyler Murphy play the entire second half. We know what Landry Jones is after playing almost 2 full preseason games.
I like Murphy as a 3rd string QB, because while neither he, or Landry Jones is a particularly competent NFL Quarterback; if Murphy did have to enter the game he at least has to make defenses respect his ability to run with the ball.
I propose that Mike Tomlin unleashes Slash 2.0 in the Steelers’ remaining preseason games. At least give someone a chance to beat out Landry Jones.