Joshua Dobbs will compete with Mason Rudolph for the right to back up Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback in Pittsburgh this summer. He wasn't very impressive in minimal play this past season and wouldn't be held to the same expectations if he replaced Big Ben for several games. No one's drafting Dobbs.
Dobbs is facing competition from Mason Rudolph for the Steelers' backup quarerback job, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Dobbs held down the No. 2 role in 2018 while Rudolph got accustomed to NFL life as a rookie, but the Tennessee product was unimpressive when pressed into action and ultimately logged the lowest passer rating among all quarterbacks who attempted at least 10 passes in 2019. With a strong showing in his second preseason, Rudolph could very well surpass Dobbs on the depth chart heading into Week 1.
Dobbs did not play in Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati. After watching from the sideline his rookie season, Dobbs played in five games in 2018, taking a total of 30 snaps. He finished completing five of 12 passes for 43 yards with one interception. His passer rating of 24.0 was the worst in the league of anyone attempting 10 or more passes. Dobbs has two years remaining on his current contract but may again find himself in a battle with Mason Rudolph for the backup quarterback job heading into next season.
Dobbs completed four of nine passes for 24 yards and an interception during Sunday's 24-21 loss to Oakland. He also ran for 15 yards on two carries. This was the first extended look at Dobbs in a game that counted, and he was unable to do much of anything against a Raiders defense ranked 31st in the league in points allowed. Pittsburgh failed to put any points on the scoreboard during the four offensive series Dobbs played in place of Ben Roethlisberger (ribs) before Big Ben returned in a failed attempt to avoid a third consecutive loss. Expect Dobbs to be back to holding a clipboard in Week 15 against New England.
Dobbs completed one of two passes for minus three yards during Thursday's 52-21 win over Carolina. The second-year quarterback relieved Ben Roethlisberger with the game well in hand to play the final two offensive series, the second of which he didn't even attempt a pass. He looked like what one would expect from someone who has attempted just three passes in his career, but is still the leading candidate to take over the Pittsburgh offense if Roethlisberger were to get hurt.
Dobbs is now the second-string quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. Dobbs beat out longtime backup Landry Jones for the main backup job, with rookie Mason Rudolph securing the No. 3 spot on the depth chart. Dobbs played well in Thursday's preseason game against Carolina, completing eight of 12 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown and taking three carries for 18 yards and another touchdown.
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