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 completed five of eight attempts for 85 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and also rushed twice for 44 yards in the Steelers' 30-28 preseason win over the Buccaneers on Friday. Dobbs started and played the first two series, complementing some sharp passing with an impressive 36-yard scramble on third down that took the ball to the Buccaneers' 17-yard line. The third-year quarterback did have an interception wiped out by offsetting penalties, but he was otherwise encouragingly effective during his time on the field. Dobbs logged the first 12 regular-season attempts of his career last season, but barring a Ben Roethlisberger injury during the regular season, he'll see his biggest workload by far over the next three preseason games while competing with Mason Rudolph for a roster spot.
Dobbs will draw the starting assignment for Thursday's preseason opener against the Buccaneers, Bob Labriola of the Steelers' official site reports. Dobbs is hoping to hold off second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph and retain the top backup job behind Ben Roethlisberger in 2019. In order to aid his efforts, Dobbs would do well to turn in a solid showing in the exhibition opener after he mostly disappointed during the 2018 campaign. Rudolph will also be given a fair share of opportunities to show what he can do against Tampa Bay, and likely in the three preseason contests to follow.
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.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||@New England Patriots||18||19.95|
|3||09/22||@San Francisco 49ers||29||22.88|
|6||10/14||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||16.89|
|10||11/10||Los Angeles Rams||17||19.63|
|16||12/22||@New York Jets||27||22.38|
|3 Year Avg||50.0||22||0||0||6||0||0|