PITTSBURGH — Joe Webb has a job beyond the weekend.
Landry Jones would like one too.
Whether the Pittsburgh Steelers’ third-string quarterback gets to stick around beyond the weekend could depend on how he fares in tonight’s preseason finale against Webb and the Carolina Panthers.
“I need to see consistent above-the-line play in all areas,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said when asked about the former Oklahoma star’s status.
The Panthers (1-2) are searching for the same thing. Like Pittsburgh, Carolina has been a mixed bag during August. The starters looked outclassed in a loss to New England last week and quarterback Cam Newton sustained a rib injury that ended even the faintest notion he would play this week.
Backup Derek Anderson spent Wednesday awaiting the birth of a child, leaving Webb as the only quarterback left. Webb signed as a free agent in the offseason after four erratic years in Minnesota, where he started four games and later saw time at wide receiver.
Rivera plans to keep Webb around just in case Newton’s ribs don’t heal as quickly as hoped. Webb can turn an extended tryout into something more substantial with solid play on Thursday.
“I know I’m not only performing for the Carolina Panthers, but for 31 other teams out there,” Webb said. “Pretty much your game film is your resume and you want to put your best performance on it.”
Webb will face a few more defensive starters than normal this time of year as the Steelers attempt to bounce back from an abysmal showing last week against Philadelphia.