Rudolph is competing with Joshua Dobbs for the Steelers' No. 2 quarterback job, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Dobbs, a 2017 fourth-round pick, served as the team's top backup in 2018 while Rudolph, a 2018 third-round selection, got used to life in the NFL. Now that both have had a chance to learn the ropes, there could be more of a competition for the No. 2 role this time around. It's not clear if the Steelers are again open to carrying three quarterbacks on the active roster in 2019.
Rudolph was inactive for Pittsburgh's 16-13 win over Cincinnati in Week 17.
Drafted as the heir apparent to Ben Roethlisberger, Rudolph finished his rookie season without ever taking a snap. He has three years remaining on his current contract and will compete with Josh Dobbs for the backup quarterback job in 2019.
Rudolph is inactive for Sunday's game against Cleveland due to coach's decision, Teresa Varley of the Steeler's official site reports.
Rudolph lost the battle for the backup slot to Joshua Dobbs, and the team has no need to suit up three quarterbacks in Week 1. Rudolph will likely suit up if the team faces injuries and doesn't need to scratch healthy players.
Rudolph heads into Week 1 as the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart, Bob Labriola of the Steelers' official site reports.
Joshua Dobbs beat out Landry Jones for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, but the Steelers weren't inclined to let the Rudolph go in favor of the longtime backup. The Steelers do not usually dress three quarterbacks, which means Rudolph will likely be inactive, at least to begin the season.
Rudolph will get an extended look in Thursday night's preseason game at Green Bay, Bob Labriola of Steelers.com reports. "We will not play selected veteran players," said coach Mike Tomlin. "Ben (Roethlisberger) won't play. It's really about an opportunity to get a legitimate evaluation of the guys who do play."
It is still unclear if Rudolph or Joshua Dobbs will start the game, or how playing time between the two will shake out, but neither Roethlisberger (concussion) nor Landry Jones will play. While this is still considered to be an open competition, smart money is leaning towards Rudolph, a rookie third-round pick, to earn a roster spot this season.
Rudolph completed seven of 12 passes for 101 yards and fumbled twice during Thursday's 31-14 victory over Philadelphia.
From a pure passing perspective, Rudolph was decent in his debut -- leading the Steelers to a trio of field-goal drives after entering the game after halftime. Pittsburgh's brass felt as though they received good value for a potential quarterback of the future by snatching up Rudolph in the third round. Thursday's game, in which both Landry Jones and Joshua Dobbs made big plays, showed that Rudolph will likely need some seasoning and Pittsburgh can afford to bring him along slowly.