Landry Jones will be starting in place of Ben Roethlisberger against the New England Patriots on Sunday, and the most important thing for the backup Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is chemistry with his teammates.
Jones is fortunate to have weapons like Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell at his disposal, but has underutilized those weapons, particularly Brown, in his limited appearances thus far. Jones has a tough task in replacing Roethlisberger, who is out with an MCL injury.
Brown saw his production drop big time last season when Jones took over for Roethlisberger. There seemed to be some animosity from the receiver to the quarterback when a big pass missed him as well. This time, they have had more time to prepare. More time to build that chemistry.
“I’ve been working with Landry a lot,” Brown said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Every pregame we throw routes together, communicate a lot in the film room. We’re just excited to have the opportunity to go out and play together this weekend.”
Brown also said that Steelers players can’t harp on Jones if he makes mistakes on Sunday. Patience is just about as important as chemistry it seems, with Brown saying the team has to “build Landry up.”
The Steelers will face the Patriots on Sunday afternoon.