Josh Dobbs to start Steelers preseason opener

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The Steelers know who their starting quarterback will be in the first week of the 2019 regular season, but the identity of Ben Roethlisberger‘s backup is not settled at this point.

Friday night’s preseason opener against the Buccaneers will be one of the steps toward making that choice. Head coach Mike Tomlin announced on Wednesday that Josh Dobbs will get the start against Tampa. Mason Rudolph will follow Dobbs with Devlin Hodges on hand for any other work.

Dobbs was the backup to Roethlisberger last season and appeared in five games. He was 6-of-12 for 43 yards and an interception, which came during a 24-21 loss to the Raiders that helped keep the Steelers out of the playoffs.

Rudolph was a third-round pick last year and did not appear in any games. He said in June that he’s more comfortable with the offense than he was last year and he’ll get a chance to show that off on Friday.

4 responses to “Josh Dobbs to start Steelers preseason opener

  1. Interested to see how this battle for backup turns out. Dobbs had a huge completion on his first play from his own endzone against the Ravens last year, in Baltimore, that was at a critical junction in that game. Dobbs played several snaps in the Oakland game several weeks later, and looked “terrible.”

    It is my understanding that Rudolph had excellent passing numbers with Oklahoma State; but has yet to see regular season game action in the NFL.

    Would really like to see one of these guys emerge as the future starting QB for the Steelers, after Big Ben retires.

  2. I have to wonder if Rudolph will get a fair shot at the backup job. The Rooney’s have a tendency to try to be as PC as possible and demoting a black QB is not PC.

  3. Rudolph is the future for the Steelers. He fits the system perfectly with his big arm, accuracy, and quick release.

  4. Neither option looked great last pre-season with Landry Jones still on the roster. If Ben’s not playing, they might as well give each guy some playing time with the “starters” and see if they have anything. They may not need a starter yet, but they definitely need a new Charlie Batch.

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