Dobbs will compete with Landry Jones for a roster spot, ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler reports. Selected in the fourth round last year, Dobbs spent his entire rookie season as the No. 3 quarterback, never quite making a push to overtake Jones. The Tennessee product thus finds himself on the roster bubble entering his second season, though the Steelers have incentive from a salary cap perspective to release Jones instead of Dobbs if they decide that rookie third-round pick Mason Rudolph is ready for the No. 2 role. It might also make sense to see if they can trade Dobbs for a late-round pick.
Dobbs was active but did not take the field in Sunday's win over the Browns. Selected in the fourth round (135th overall pick) of the 2017 draft, Dobbs never took an offensive snap this season, with Ben Roethlisberger throwing all but two of Pittsburgh's 563 passes entering Week 17. Landry Jones got the start in the season finale, but has been unimpressive in his career. Roethlisberger has hinted about retiring in the recent past, which could create an opportunity for Dobbs. Should Big Ben return for the 2018 season, Dobbs would likely compete with Jones for the backup job.
Dobbs (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns, Teresa Varley of Steelers.com reports. The Steelers have elected to dress only two quarterbacks in Week 1, with Landry Jones serving as Ben Roethlisberger's backup. Dobbs' first game on the active roster will have to wait, while it remains to be seen if Pittsburgh plans to keep the 2017 fourth-rounder sidelined in Week 2 as well.
Dobbs completed 10 of 19 passes for 70 yards and a pick in Sunday's preseason win over Atlanta. With Ben Roethisberger and Landry Jones both nursing injuries, Dobbs got the start for a second straight exhibition on Sunday. While the final product wasn't inspiring, he showed good pocket mobility and had a nice 23-yard strike to Martavis Bryant. Dobbs, recently removed from Tennessee's spread attack, is likely a developmental prospect that won't see the field any time soon. On the other hand, Pittsburgh is just two seasons removed from having to turn to a third-string quarterback, a product of Roethlisberger's style of play and expansive injury history.
Dobbs will start Sunday's preseason game against the Falcons. Dobbs completed eight of 15 attempts for 100 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions while starting Pittsburgh's preseason opener last week. With Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) set to sit out again and backup Landry Jones (abdomen) not fully healthy, the rookie fourth-rounder will get a chance to improve on his debut while still working with the first-team offense.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||Kansas City Chiefs||25||20.41|
|3||09/25||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||18.56|
|13||12/02||Los Angeles Chargers||3||14.50|
|15||12/16||New England Patriots||30||21.53|
|16||12/23||@New Orleans Saints||18||19.06|
|3 Year Avg||0.0||0||0||0||0||0||0|