Steeler Nation, training camp is right around the bend , so we thought it might be a good time for a camp roster breakdown. In the coming days we will break down each position and give some insight on each player at that position. Lets now take a look at the Quarterback position…
State of the Quarterback position : The Steelers’ quarterback situation is in a good place. Ben Roethlisberger is a franchise quarterback still in the prime of his career at age 32. This is a luxury many NFL teams only dream of. Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley are heading into their third season together, have worked out their differences and now seem to have a good working relationship. Haley seems to be willing to let Roethlisberger run more of the offense as the team moves more toward the “No Huddle Offense “. Roethlisberger has always thrived in the No Huddle and has long wanted more of it . Now he gets his chance.
Behind Roethlisberger the Steelers have backup veteran Bruce Gradkowski. Gradkowski is a capable back up, has starting experience and has won before at the NFL level.
Behind Gradkowski there is very little known, and no true NFL experience . The Steelers drafted QB Landry Jones in the 4th round in 2013 but he has shown very little in limited pre-season play and has not played a down in a true NFL game. The Steelers also signed undrafted free agent QB Brendon Kay out of Cincinnati in May of 2014.
The bottom line is the Steelers are set with a franchise quarterback still in his prime in Ben Roethlisberger and have a capable backup that could fill in for the short term if needed. In today’s NFL that’s about the best you can hope for.
A look at the QBs …
Ben Roethlisberger: Heading into his 11th year Roethlisberger is a leader and seasoned veteran. He is now a true field general with total command of the offense.The Steelers did their best to surround him with young fast weapons this off-season and he seems poised for a big season. He and offensive coordinator Todd Haley are on the same page and plan on continuing the success they had late in the 2013 season with the “No Huddle” offense.
Bruce Gradkowski : Gradkowski 31 ,has 9 years of experience in the NFL. He has 20 NFL starts under his belt and is a capable back up that can be used in a pinch if needed . He has won at this level including a game he started for the Oakland Raiders against the Steelers., in 2009 at Heinz Field where he completed 20-33 passes for 308 yards and 3 touchdowns , leading the Raiders to a 27-24 victory.
Landry Jones: Jones did little to prove that he can become a reliable backup to Ben Roethlisberger completing just 45.5% of his passes with three interceptions in the 2013 preseason. He had a QB rating of just 53.1. To be fair ,Jones did not have the best supporting cast in limited action late in preseason games but he must make major strides heading into camp to keep his spot on the roster.
Brendon Kay: Kay has good size (6’4″ and 228 pounds) and arm strength. Last season at Cincinnati University he completed 66.3 % of his passes for 3,302 yards with 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.He ran a 4.63 40 yard dash during his pro day workout. At this point he is a project that needs some development but may just be able to push Landry Jones at training camp and through the preseason.
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