Wednesday, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said during his press conference that “all healthy men” would play Friday night in the team’s second preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and that means we’ll see quarterback Ben Roethlisberger get some limited work. So, how much playing time will Roethlisberger actually get in the game and what will the quarterback rotation look like after he exits?
According to Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest, Tomlin told him that Roethlisberger will play 10-12 snaps against the Jaguars Friday night and that sounds just about perfect.
Tomlin on QBs vs Jax: Ben will play 10-12 snaps. Landry Jones will play. Tyler Murphy will play, too.
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) August 12, 2015
With backup Bruce Gradkowski still on PUP, Landry Jones will follow Roethlisberger into the game as you would expect, according to Tomlin.
Labriola also indicated that Tomlin intends on playing backups Tajh Boyd and Tyler Murphy in some capacity as well against the Jaguars.
Personally, I’d like to see Jones get a few series with as many of the offensive starters as possible against the Jaguars in order to get a real good evaluation of his play.
I suspect that after Roethlisberger exits the game, we’ll see Jones play through the third quarter. At that point, Boyd and Murphy should be allowed to split time in the final quarter.