Insider Only Landry Jones leads offense to 3 points on the night, produces just six passing first downs

Landry Jones started and played the entire game in the Steelers 14-3 preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Jones was 16/32 for 135 yards in the loss. He averaged 4.2 yards per pass and finished with a passer rating of 61.3.
The Steelers offense managed three points on the night and Jones had just six passing first downs.
Jones biggest play of the night, was leading the Steelers on their only scoring drive of the half, finding Shakim Phillips for a 35-yard pass that set up a 36-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham.
Meanwhile, with under two minutes left in the second quarter, the Steelers moved the ball from the Minnesota 40 to the Minnesota 2 yard line on a pass interference penalty drawn by Sammie Coates ,but four snaps later, the Steelers produced zero points. Jones ended the drive with three straight incompletions, though, the last was a drop by rookie tight end Jesse James as C.J. Goodwin was waiving frantically for the ball in the end zone.
10 of Jones 16 completions came on throws 5 yards or less past the line of scrimmage as it was truly dink and dunk. That said as Jones has shown in practice, he has a much stronger command of the offense than previous years.
Jones career preseason numbers now stand at 73/142, 707 yards, 2 touchdowns, 4 interceptions.
2015 Preseason Stats: 16/32 – 135 yards

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