Jones: 'I'm a pretty easy-going guy'


Coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers are preparing to play with Landry Jones as the starting quarterback, while keeping the door just 'slightly ajar' for Ben Roethlisberger who suffered a foot injury against the Raiders.

They are words that would get any young quarterback, one with just one career start under his belt, excited and maybe a little antsy.

Not Jones, though. He is calm, cool and collected, something that comes with his personality as well as knowing what it's like this year to be called upon to run the offense.

"I think that's with experience," said Jones. "I'm a pretty easy-going guy, but when you get thrown into the fire like that you grab some experience from it. Being in it now for a couple games, it's just kind of calmed me down a little bit."

Jones goes into his second start with an offense that is clicking on all cylinders and a rushing attack that is ranked No. 5 in the NFL.

"It makes my job easy," said Jones. "As long as I make good decisions and get the ball into the hands of our playmakers, we'll be alright.

"It just takes pressure off. When you have a running game like we do, it forces teams to put a lot of guys in the box, play single-high safeties. It just take pressure off me and lets me go out there, make simple reads and make the game a little bit simpler."

Jones made his first career start earlier this season in a 23-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Since then he said he has developed more of a comfort level in the offense, something that will pay off this week against the Browns at Heinz Field.

"I just feel a lot more comfortable," said Jones. "I feel a lot more comfortable inside the offense, a lot more comfortable with where I'm at, as far as confidence and ability to make plays out there. Like I've always been saying, this is a great opportunity for me and I'm blessed to be here. God has put me in this new position and I give him all the praise and glory right now. I'm just kind of excited to get out there and play.

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"I just have to go out there and play. I can't play timid, or worrying about the mistakes and the future. I just have to go out there and cut loose."

A little more from Landry:

On running the no-huddle offense: "We'll have to see how the game plan goes. I'm not sure what the coaches want to do in that sense. We just got the first script of what practice is going to be like, so we're just really practicing the plays right now. I'm sure in the flow of the game if they want to do it, then I feel comfortable doing it. That's kind of based on what they want to do."

On playing at Heinz Field:
"At Heinz we have great fans, have people behind you and supporting you. That's going to be a huge opportunity for us at home and hopefully, get a win."

On Cleveland's secondary: "They're athletic. They play the ball well in the air and we have a big challenge ahead of us in that aspect. If we execute and take care of the ball, we should be alright."

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