Landry Jones

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Landry Jones
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Jones with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016
No. 3 Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-04-04) April 4, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth: Artesia, New Mexico
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school: Artesia (NM)
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 115
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Pass completions: 85
Pass attempts: 141
Passing yards: 1,071
TDINT: 7–6
Passer rating: 82.8
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Landry Jones (born April 4, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma, and was drafted by the Steelers in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Jones was born in Artesia, New Mexico. He attended Artesia High School in his hometown, where he led the football team to two consecutive Class 4A state championships, throwing for a combined 7,013 yards and 89 touchdowns.[1] As a senior in 2007, Jones threw for 3,433 yards and 45 touchdowns.[2] Artesia won its second consecutive Class 4A championship, against Goddard High, in which Jones threw for 325 yards and seven touchdowns, a school record.[3] Jones was later named New Mexico's Class 4A Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Joe Montana Quarterback of the Year Award.[2]

Jones was a highly regarded recruit and was among the highest rated quarterbacks for the 2008 class by several ratings publishers including a four-star rating by both Scout.com (sixth rated quarterback) and Rivals.com (sixth rated pro-style quarterback).[4][5] He was recruited by many schools including Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Virginia and Wisconsin.[1] He later committed to Oklahoma.[6]

College career[edit]

While attending the University of Oklahoma, Jones played for the Oklahoma Sooners football team from 2008 to 2012. In 2008, third-string quarterback Keith Nichol transferred to Michigan State, leaving senior Joey Halzle and Jones, who was redshirted his freshman year, as backups to Sam Bradford.[7][8] In 2009, in the season opener against Brigham Young, Jones took over as the starting quarterback for the Sooners after Bradford suffered an injury to his shoulder; the Sooners went on to lose the game. However, in the next game, his first as the starter, Jones completed 18 of 32 passes for 286 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception in the Sooners 64–0 win against Idaho State. In his second start, Jones threw a Sooner-record six touchdown passes with two interceptions in a 45–0 win against Tulsa.[9] Later that week, Jones was named AT&T All- America Player of the Week.[10]

Jones started the next game against the Miami Hurricanes due to Sam Bradford not being fully recovered from his shoulder injury. The Sooners lost the game, 21–20. Jones threw for 1 TD, but also had a fumble deep in Sooner territory that resulted in a Miami score on the next play. The next week against Baylor, Sam Bradford was able to return and Landry was relegated to the backup quarterback spot once again. The Oklahoma offense was sluggish and inconsistent at times, but was easily able to beat the Bears and was looking forward to the Red River Rivalry with Texas. On the second offensive series of the game, Bradford went down again with the same shoulder injury and Landry was thrust back into action against a very stout Texas defense. Marred by turnovers and mistakes by an inexperienced offense, the Sooners lost a close battle with the Longhorns, 16–13. Jones managed a TD pass to WR Ryan Broyles to tie the game in the 3rd Quarter.

Jones in 2009.

Jones would become the starter for the rest of the season as Sam Bradford announced he would have season ending surgery on his shoulder and would then be leaving early for the NFL draft. With big shoes to fill, Jones slowly progressed throughout the season in wins against Kansas, Kansas State, and Texas A&M as well as some poor performances in losses to Nebraska (5 INTs) and Texas Tech. With a dominant victory over BCS-hopeful Oklahoma State, the Sooners received a bid to play in the 2009 Sun Bowl against Stanford. Jones had his best passing performance of the year with 418 yards and 3 touchdown passes to Ryan Broyles, giving the Sooners their first bowl win since 2005 and propelling the team towards an optimistic 2010 in which Landry would have a full spring and fall camp to prepare as the starting quarterback.

Jones winding up to pass in a game against Tulsa in 2009

In 2010, Jones continued his starting job as Oklahoma's quarterback and guided the team through its first four out-of-conference victories. He would continue his dominant performance heading into the 2010 Red River Shootout, and defeated Texas by a score of 28–20. After the strong start, Jones would suffer his first setback against Missouri by losing the game, 36–27. He would lead Oklahoma on a rebound with a few top-notch performances before suffering the second and final setback of the season against Texas A&M. After the defeat, Jones would lead the team on another rebound by winning the rest of the way, including a highly anticipated matchup against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the annual Bedlam Series. The match was settled in the last minute, but Jones's incredible passing performance led Oklahoma past its in-state rival by a score of 47–41.

By rule of a tie-breaker, Oklahoma went into the Big 12 Championship Game facing its storied rival Nebraska. After trailing by 17 points, Jones led the Sooners to a comeback 23–20 victory. After the win, Oklahoma went into the Fiesta Bowl as the champion of the Big 12 Conference, facing Connecticut as the champion of the Big East Conference. Oklahoma entered the game looking to break its recent streak of BCS bowl losses, while Connecticut was playing its first BCS bowl ever. Jones had a great night and carried his team over Connecticut by a lopsided score of 48–20 to break the BCS bowl losing streak and to win Oklahoma's first BCS bowl since 2002.

In 2011, Jones led the Sooners on dominant performances against opening foes such as Tulsa and Florida State. He would outdo his last year's performance in the 2011 Red River Shootout by defeating Texas by a score of 55–17. The Sooners suffered their first setback against Texas Tech, losing by a score of 44–41 at home after two missed field goals. He would continue Oklahoma's dominance before losing his lead wide receiver Ryan Broyles to a knee injury against Texas A&M. After the loss, Jones entered a slump that included two losses to the Baylor Bears and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Jones ended up leading the Sooners to a victory in the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes to bring the Sooners another double digit winning season.

On January 5, 2012, Landry announced he was returning to Oklahoma Sooners for his senior season.

In 2012, Jones led the Sooners to a 10–2 record overall (8–1 in the Big 12), and shared the Big 12 Conference Championship with Kansas State. Jones' turnovers were the difference in an early season loss to Kansas State, but he played well throughout the rest of the season. They faced former Big 12 member, Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl Classic, where they lost 13–41. Jones finished the season with a completion percentage of 66 percent with 4,267 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His career ends with 16,646 passing yards and 123 touchdowns.

Statistics[edit]

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2009 Oklahoma 261 449 58.1 3,198 7.1 26 14 130.8 35 -113 -3.2 0
2010 Oklahoma 405 617 65.6 4,718 7.6 38 12 146.3 51 -128 -2.5 1
2011 Oklahoma 355 562 63.2 4,463 7.9 29 15 141.6 32 -24 -0.8 2
2012 Oklahoma 367 555 66.1 4,267 7.7 30 11 144.6 14 -110 -7.9 0
Career 1,388 2,183 63.6 16,646 7.6 123 52 141.5 132 -375 -2.8 3

Source:[11]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 in 223 lb 33 in 9¾ in 4.95 s 7.12 s 31 in 9 ft 3 in 28[12]
All values from NFL Combine[13]

The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Jones in the fourth round (115th pick overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $2.59 million contract with a $439,220 signing bonus on June 12, 2013. The Steelers drafted him to develop into a long term back-up quarterback, replacing the retired Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich.[14]

Prior to the 2015 NFL season, Jones was primarily the third string quarterback behind longtime starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and back-up Bruce Gradkowski. During the 2015 pre-season, Gradkowski was injured and missed the entire 2015 regular season. Due to this injury, Jones received the majority of the starting reps in the pre-season. The Steelers signed Michael Vick to replace Gradkowski due to Jones' lack of experience.

On October 18, 2015, during the Steelers' game against the Arizona Cardinals, Jones made his NFL debut, replacing an injured Vick in the third quarter with the Steelers down 10–6. He finished the game with 168 passing yards and 2 touchdowns to Martavis Bryant, as he led the Steelers to a 25–13 comeback win.[15][16] Jones played in seven games, starting two, in 2015, completing 32 of 55 passes for three touchdowns and four interceptions.[17] He also relieved an injured Roethlisberger in the Steeler's wild-card playoff victory against the Cincinnati Bengals, completing two of five passes for 11 yards and an interception.[18][17] However, Roethlisberger later returned to the game.[18]

On October 23, 2016, Jones received his first start of the season against the Patriots after Roethlisberger suffered a torn meniscus the week prior. He finished the loss completing 29 of 47 pass attempts for 281 passing yards, one touchdown, and one interception.[19] Due to the Steelers resting some of their starters, Jones started the season finale, completing 24 of 37 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns with one interception as the Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns in overtime by a score of 27-24. The game-winning touchdown was a pass from Jones to Cobi Hamilton.[20][21]

Statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2015 PIT 7 2 32 55 58.2 513 9.3 3 4 77.3 5 -5 -1.0 0
2016 PIT 8 2 53 86 61.6 558 6.5 4 2 86.3 6 -4 -0.7 0
Career 15 4 85 141 60.3 1,071 7.6 7 6 82.8 11 -9 -0.8 0

Source:[17]

Personal[edit]

Landry was named after Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry.[22] Jones is a Christian and was featured in an "I Am Second" video proclaiming his faith in Jesus Christ.[23]

Landry Jones married former Sooner women's basketball guard Whitney Hand-Jones on July 6, 2012. His wife was drafted by the San Antonio Stars in the 2013 WNBA Draft with the 32nd overall pick.[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "PREP FOOTBALL All-State Team for Class 4A Released". Albuquerque Journal. The Associated Press. 2008-01-29. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Seven finalists named for Joe Montana Quarterback of the Year Award". ESPN.com. 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Artesia blitzes Goddard for N.M. 4A crown". Amarillo.com. The Associated Press. 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Football Recruiting - Quarterback". Scout.com. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  5. ^ "2008 College Football Quarterback: Quick List". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  6. ^ "OU Signing Day 2008". SoonerSports.com. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  7. ^ "Bradford Gets Nod at Quarterback". SoonerSports.com. 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  8. ^ Hoover, John (2008-05-20). "Report: Former OU quarterback Nichol going to Michigan State". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  9. ^ "Jones tosses Oklahoma-record six touchdowns as Sooners roll". ESPN. The Associated Press. 2009-09-19. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  10. ^ Hoover, John (2009-09-24). "OU's Landry Jones voted national player of the week". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  11. ^ "Landry Jones". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  12. ^ Baratz, Debbie (May 5, 2013). "2013 Wonderlic Scores for the College Elite". profootballschedules.com. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Landry Jones Combine Profile", NFL.com, retrieved March 1, 2011 .
  14. ^ "Landey Jones drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers at 115". 
  15. ^ Fowler, Jeremy (18 October 2015). "Landry Jones replaces struggling Michael Vick at QB for Steelers". ESPN. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers [10/18/2015]". Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c "Landry Jones". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b Gazze, Chris (January 11, 2016). "Steelers Report Card: Giving out grades for Pittsburgh's wild win over Bengals". steelerswire.usatoday.com. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  19. ^ "NFL Player Profile:Landry Jones". NFL.com. Retrieved October 28, 2016. 
  20. ^ Labriola, Bob (January 1, 2017). "Landry Jones is Digest Player of Week". steelers.com. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  21. ^ Hartman, Jeff (January 1, 2017). "Steelers Week 17 inactive list vs. the Browns lined with Pro Bowlers". behindthesteelcurtain.com. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  22. ^ Emig, Guerin (2009-09-09). "Jones steps into spotlight: OU QB is full of confidence". Tulsa World. Archived from the original on 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  23. ^ "Landry Jones". I am Second. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  24. ^ Smith, Erik (2011-06-13). "Oklahoma's Landry Jones gets engaged to basketball player Whitney Hand". USA Today. 

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