Mason Rudolph doesn’t read anything into being second QB on Sunday night

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The Steelers have been holding a competition for their backup quarterback job this summer and Sunday night’s game against the Titans was the latest data point to take into consideration.

Mason Rudolph followed Ben Roethlisberger into the game and threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver James Washington on his second snap. He threw an interception later in the first half and then gave way to Josh Dobbs for the second half of the game. After the game, Rudolph said the order wasn’t a sign of how the competition is playing out.

“We switch it up every week, so I don’t read anything into it,” Rudolph said, via Mark Kaboly of TheAthletic.com. “When I am out there, I want to produce and do well and that’s the stuff I read into.”

Dobbs also threw an interception and now has two in three preseason games. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Dobbs needs to take better care of the ball and that may be more relevant to the question of who will be No. 2 in Pittsburgh this year.

15 responses to “Mason Rudolph doesn’t read anything into being second QB on Sunday night

  1. Both are deserving of backup jobs in the NFL but Mason throws a varsity ball while Dobbs is still JV. Of course Dobbs has the legs but we know that doesnt work that well in the NFL. Mason should get the nod and Dobbs should be shipped off for a 7th.

  2. While Dobbs has shown flashes, Rudolph has run away with this competition. Rudolph looks like he start in the NFL right now.

  3. Rudolph is legit. Smart, big arm, good accuracy and not afraid to chuck it downfield. He’s gonna be something…

  4. I think Dobbs could be traded to team with a starter that matches his skill set. Dobbs is simply a different style. Rudolph could step right in and not much of the offense would need to change. I could see him backing up in Indy, Arizona, or even Houston.

  5. A perfect scenario would be to trade Dobbs for a mid to late round pick, and give him the opportunity to get real playing time in the right system. He’s a good teammate by the sounds of it and deserves a chance.

    The Steelers can then hopefully stash Hodges away as the 3rd QB. I like that guy.

  6. Rudolph is the better QB. Dobbs has never shown that he can consistently move the ball and complete intermediate passes. His deep balls are good and his mobility is obviously way better than Rudolph’s, but it’s clear who the better passer is. Dobbs could still be useful as a surprise/change of pace guy who comes in on short yardage situations to get a first down, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Steelers kept Rudolph and stashed Hodges on the practice squad. It will be interesting.

  7. Doesn’t matter how well you throw when receivers like JuJu Smith-Fumble are there to fumble away the entire season.

  8. myspaceyourface says:
    August 26, 2019 at 2:23 pm
    I think Dobbs could be traded to team with a starter that matches his skill set. Dobbs is simply a different style. Rudolph could step right in and not much of the offense would need to change. I could see him backing up in Indy, Arizona, or even Houston.

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    I’d also like to see Dobbs get traded if they keep Hodges, but keep in mind that the return’s likely a low 6th or 7th round pick. If you look at the recent trade history of QBs near Dobbs’ caliber and experience level, the returns don’t get much higher.

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