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Former College Star QB Signs With New NFL Team

General view of Jacksonville Jaguars stadium Everbank Field.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11: A general view of the field during pregame ceremonies prior to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Green Bay Packers game at EverBank Field on September 11, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Former Oklahoma football standout Landry Jones spent the first five years of his NFL career in Pittsburgh, serving as a primary back-up to Ben Roethlisberger.

After a few weeks without a team, Jones has a new NFL home.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have had issues with the quarterback position this year. The team hoped that the Blake Bortles who looked great in last year's NFL Playoffs would be the one that performed all season.

Instead, he has had the same struggles that have plagued him throughout his career, and now he is banged up heading into the Jags' Week 10 game at the Colts. Jacksonville is on bye this weekend.

Adam Schefter reports that the Jaguars have signed Landry Jones as insurance for the quarterback position if the Blake Bortles injury keeps him out.

Bortles is dealing with an issue with his non-throwing shoulder. It isn't expected to keep him out, but clearly there is enough of a risk there that the Jags wanted to make a move.

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Back-up quarterback Cody Kessler replaced an ineffective Bortles in the Jags' 20-7 loss to the Houston Texans earlier this month, but did not separate himself.

Kessler completed 70-percent of his passes, but couldn't move the ball down field, averaging just 5.2 yards per attempt. He threw for a touchdown and an interception.

The team also has former Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee on the roster.

Jones has been a solid, if unspectacular, back-up during his career. He played in 18 games for the Steelers, starting five in place of the oft-injured Roethlisberger. For his career, he has completed 63.9-percent of his throws for 1,310 yards (7.8 YPA), eight touchdowns, and seven picks.