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September 7, 2020 02:20 AM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Back in Steel City
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dobbs was claimed by the Steelers on Sunday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Dobbs was a surprise cut by the Jaguars on Saturday, but the Tennessee product will reunite with his former club. Dobbs failed to see the field with the Jaguars last campaign, as the team elected to keep rookie Jake Luton as the only backup behind Gardner Minshew. Dobbs will join a crowded quarterback room, with Devlin Hodges and Mason Rudolph joining him as backups to Ben Roethlisberger.

September 7, 2020 02:20 AM
Joshua Dobbs: Shockingly waived
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dobbs was waived by the Jaguars on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Both Dobbs and Mike Glennon were surprisingly jettisoned, leaving just unproven rookie Jake Luton as the only backup behind Gardner Minshew. It's especially shocking considering the Jaguars sent a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Steelers last year in an effort to lock in a secure backup behind then-starter Nick Foles. Both Dobbs and Glennon should receive plenty of interest on the open market, but it seems likely at least one could return back to Jacksonville after a frantic NFL pickup period.

January 29, 2020 01:00 PM
Jaguars' Joshua Dobbs: Limited to reserve duty
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dobbs didn't see the field with the Jaguars in 2019.

Dobbs was acquired by the Jaguars from the Steelers after Nick Foles broke his collarbone in the season opener, but rookie Gardner Minshew played extremely well in Foles' absence and eventually took full control of the starting job. All three quarterbacks remain under contract for 2020, potentially leaving Dobbs as the odd man out.

September 9, 2019 07:28 PM
Jaguars' Joshua Dobbs: Traded to Jacksonville
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Steelers traded Dobbs to the Jaguars on Monday in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round draft pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The Jaguars needed to add another quarterback behind Gardner Minshew after Nick Foles suffered a broken clavicle in Sunday's season-opening loss to Kansas City. The team could've done worse than Dobbs, a 2017 fourth-round pick who lost a backup QB battle to Mason Rudolph in Pittsburgh. Dobbs has thrown seven interceptions on 140 career pass attempts in the preseason, but he also proved capable of moving the Pittsburgh offense, both with his arms and his feet. With Foles out for at least the first half of the season, Dobbs could eventually have a chance to make starts, depending on Minshew's health and performance.

August 29, 2019 10:40 PM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Plays two drives
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dobbs completed three of five passes for 21 yards and rushed once for 11 yards in Thursday night's 25-19 preseason loss to the Panthers.

Dobbs started the game for the Steelers, but couldn't get much going on his mere two drives in charge. From the sideline, he then saw fellow quarterback Mason Rudolph impress once again, likely sealing Rudolph's fate as Ben Roethlisberger's backup ahead of the regular season. Unless Pittsburgh opts to retain three signal-callers, Dobbs appears to be the odd man out at the position.

August 26, 2019 08:32 PM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Preseason struggles continue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dobbs completed four of nine passes for 79 yards and an interception in Sunday's 18-6 preseason win over Tennessee. He also ran five times for 10 yards.

Dobbs was outperformed by Mason Rudolph for the third time in three games but will have one last chance to prove he deserves to be Ben Roethlisberger's backup in the final preseason game Thursday against the Panthers.

August 10, 2019 12:32 AM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Flashes athleticism in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 8, 2019 11:40 AM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Set to start preseason opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 27, 2019 03:08 PM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Facing competition from Rudolph
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

January 2, 2019 01:20 AM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Unimpressive in limited action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 10, 2018 09:20 PM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Struggles coming off bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

November 9, 2018 10:16 AM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Negative yards in mop-up role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 16, 2018 09:16 PM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Sticking in backup role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dobbs will serve as the Steelers' backup quarterback Sunday against the Chiefs with regular starter Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) active for the contest, Dale Lolley of reports.

Roethlisberger was withheld from practice Wednesday and Thursday while managing his injury, resulting in Dobbs logging extensive work with the first-team offense. While the back-to-back absences fueled speculation Roethlisberger might be at risk of sitting out the Week 2 contest, the veteran returned to full practice Friday to quell most of the concern about his status. Now that he's officially active, Dobbs will assume backup duties for the second straight week after beating out rookie Mason Rudolph and the since-released Landry Jones for those honors at the conclusion of the preseason.

September 13, 2018 06:04 PM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Gets run with first-team offense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dobbs has been taking reps with the first-team offense this week with Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) sitting out practices Wednesday and Thursday, Chris Adamski of reports.

While it's generally expected that Roethlisberger will play through any lingering pain and suit up Sunday against the Chiefs, his back-to-back absences from practice create more uncertainty about his status than initially anticipated. After beating out rookie Mason Rudolph for the top backup job during the preseason, Dobbs would be the first man up if Roethlisberger ends up being unavailable at any point. Dobbs brings intriguing athleticism and arm talent to the position, but his lack of regular-season experience would make it difficult to justify using him outside of two-quarterback or quarterback-flex leagues if he were to receive the start in Week 2.

September 4, 2018 12:32 AM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: No. 2 on depth chart
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dobbs is now the second-string quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger, Dale Lolley of 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.

August 31, 2018 09:36 AM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Lights up Carolina defense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dobbs completed eight of 12 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown and took three carries for 18 yards and another touchdown in Thursday's preseason game against Carolina.

Dobbs got the start and led the Steelers to 17 points on four drives, finishing the preseason completing 29 of 43 passes for 434 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, while also rushing 10 times for 64 yards and another score. He did his best to push Landry Jones out of a roster spot, but the Steelers may instead try to find a trade partner for the 2017 fourth-round pick.

August 28, 2018 01:36 PM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Set to start Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dobbs will start Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers.

Dobbs thus represents a lineup option for those trying their DFS luck in Thursday's full slate of preseason finales. More importantly, Dobbs' performance in the contest will help determine whether he or Mason Rudolph ends up as the Steelers' No. 3 QB this season.

August 23, 2018 01:52 PM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: No go Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dobbs won't play Saturday against the Titans but is expected to start the Steelers' final preseason contest next Thursday versus the Panthers, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.

The Steelers are giving Ben Roethlisberger some obligatory possessions with Week 1 of the regular season in sight, so holding out Dobbs on Saturday indicates Landry Jones and 2018 third-round pick Mason Rudolph will split the quarterback reps that remain. Aside from Rudolph, it remains to be seen if the team will keep three QBs on the 53-man roster this season, but Dobbs has acquitted himself well in two appearances to date, completing 21 of 31 passes for 283 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions to go with seven carries for 46 yards.

August 15, 2018 11:44 AM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Will get an extended look Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dobbs will split playing time with Mason Rudolph in Thursday night's preseason game at Green Bay, Bob Labriola of reports. According to coach Mike Tomlin, the plan is "to focus on the young quarterbacks. They're going to play and play exclusively."

The news of Ben Roethlisberger being evaluated as part of the league's concussion protocol likely had no bearing on this decision, as Tomlin added that Landry Jones will also sit this one out. Dobbs was third on the depth chart behind Roethlisberger and Jones last season, never taking a single snap, and the addition of Rudolph could result in either Dobbs or Jones failing to make the roster coming out of camp.

May 8, 2018 10:08 AM
Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Competing for roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dobbs will compete with Landry Jones for a roster spot,'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.

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