Depending how things go in practice this week for starting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the game Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs could wind up featuring undrafted rookie free agent Tyler Murphy dressing as a backup behind Landry Jones.
Murphy, who spent time at both quarterbacks and wide receiver during training camp and the preseason, is currently a member of the team’s 10-man practice squad. With Mike Vick currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, Murphy admitted recently that he could be in charge of running the scout team this week during practice.
“Just have to sit and wait and if I am the scout team guy just take advantage of those reps and make the best of it and try and make a case for myself,” the Boston College product said on Monday, according to Jacob Klinger of PennLive.com.
Murphy was on the Steelers 53-man roster earlier in the season, but was waived to make room for running back Le’Veon Bell once his two-game suspension was over. During the preseason, he saw just a few snaps at quarterback. He ran the read-option and carried the football two times for 2 yards.
As a receiver during the preseason, Murphy caught 8 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.
If Murphy is promoted to the Steelers 53-man roster this week, that transaction would likely take place on Saturday.
If, however, the Steelers choose to add another experienced quarterback to their roster, such a move would likely take place on Tuesday.