Antonio Brown will have another familiar face on the field in Oakland.
The Raiders have signed longtime Steelers backup quarterback Landry Jones, the team announced Tuesday.
We have signed QB @LandryJones12: https://t.co/ST3XDUZej0 #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/RqhXTDs2Y2
— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) March 26, 2019
“Landry Jones is a guy that’s started and won games in the league,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden told reporters at NFL owners meeting, via The Mercury News. “He can help us with Antonio’s transition, as well. ‘What’d they call this in Pittsburgh? Why did he convert his route and do that?’ So there are some really interesting side things that Landry can bring to the table, also.”
The move marks the second backup the Raiders have signed to compete behind starter Derek Carr in recent days after the team added Mike Glennon. Nathan Peterman and AJ McCarron were already on the roster, though McCarron was cut and later signed with the Texans.
Jones, who turns 30 on April 4, has appeared in 18 games (five starts) over his career since being drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. He also had a brief stint in Jacksonville after signing with the Jaguars in October following an injury to Blake Bortles, though he didn’t see action in 2018.
Jones has completed 108 of 169 pass attempts for 1,310 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions for a passer rating of 86.2.