The Pittsburgh Steelers released an updated depth chart on Tuesday ahead of their Week 8 game against the Cincinnati Bengals and it shows that Landry Jones is now listed as the backup to starter Ben Roethlisberger at the quarterback position.
1 change to the #Steelers depth chart: Landry is the No. 2 QB behind Ben, with Mike Vick No. 3. Maybe related to health; maybe not.
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) October 27, 2015
For now, it’s not clear if Jones’s jump over veteran Mike Vick was due to injury of the performance of both players over the course of the last four weeks, but it won’t be surprising to find out it was the latter of the two that led to the shakeup.
During the four games that Roethlisberger was sidelined with a sprained left MCL, Vick completed 40 of his 60 pass attempts for 371 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Jones, on the other hand, completed 24 of his 41 pass attempts for 377 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
While both Vick and Jones are each responsible for one win while the Steelers were without Roethlisberger, the offense clearly was able to move the football better and more consistently with Jones under center.
Vick is currently nursing a hamstring injury that forced him to miss the Steelers game on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs,
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is scheduled to hold his weekly press conference later today and you can probably count on him being asked about the recent shuffling of quarterbacks. We’ll make sure to pass along his comments to you.