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Pittsburgh Steelers Cancel Final Day at Minicamp: Sign Final Draft Choice

June 13th, 2013 at 10:25 PM
By Mark Mihalko

Never a big fan of football in shorts, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin decided to forgo the final day of minicamp and start the pre-training camp vacation one day early.

'Missouri Tigers vs. Oklahoma Sooners' photo (c) 2008, Mark Spencer - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
The Steelers ended minicamp relatively healthy, with the major injuries to Ben Roethlisberger (knee) and Mike Adams (abdomen) not expected to keep them out of training camp. By cancelling the final session, the team did not risk any potential injuries that could occur during the session.

OTA and minicamp injuries are always a risk and 2013 has already seen its share across the league. The Steelers joined at least two other franchises in cutting these activities short (New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Bucanneers).

All was not lost for the franchise on Thursday, as they came to terms with fourth-round pick Landry Jones on a four-year contract. By signing Jones, the final unsigned selection, the Steelers will have all of their draft choices in the house when camp opens.

Jones is an interesting prospect with NFL size (6-4, 225 pounds) and an extensive background in a wide-open passing attack. Even though he comes from a spread-based offense, he does have experience under center and does a solid lob on play action. A rhythm passer, he does have a pocket presence that allows him to buy time when necessary.

With Roethlisberger on the shelf over the past couple weeks; Jones should have garnered extra reps as he battles John Parker Wilson for the number three spot on the roster. At this point, he could use all the reps available to work out some of the mechanic issues that plagues him playing from under center.

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Tags: Ben Roethlisberger, Football, John Parker Wilson, Landry Jones, Minicamp, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers

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