After the dust has settled from the NFL draft, newly drafted players had a chance to speak about their new opportunities Former Oklahoma Sooners‘ quarterback Landry Jones couldn’t be happier that he has the opportunity to learn from Pittsburgh Steelers great, Ben Roethlisberger.
Jones was asked about how he felt about going to Pittsburgh, where they have a quarterback who is a proven winner. Here is Jones’ response, via Anthony Slater of NewsOK.
“The thing about it is, I am going to go in there and compete as hard as I can and try to win a job. At the end of the day this is going to be a great opportunity for me whether I play quick or whether I have to sit and wait for a couple years. Getting to stand behind (Ben) Roethlisberger is going to be a huge opportunity for me. He is a guy who has been established in this league for a long time and I get to learn from one of the best quarterbacks to play the game. I’m just really excited to get to work with him and really excited about this opportunity.”
Jones may not see the field anytime in the near future, but getting to be mentored by a quarterback that has two Super Bowl wins under his belt can only help him.
There is a lot of talk about whether or not Jones is being groomed to take Big Ben’s spot when he decides to call it quits. Roethlisberger is 31 and in his prime, but has obviously been injury-prone over the last couple of years.
Jones has a chance to improve his game and continue to work on problem areas, so the chance is there for him to learn and to succeed. Jones’ biggest test will be seeing if he can control his nerves under pressure.
Pittsburgh was a great spot for him to land, but now it’s up to him on what he does with his chance.