Former Tennessee Vols quarterback Josh Dobbs is receiving a big opportunity during preseason action with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won’t play in the Steelers’ preseason opener on Friday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which means Pittsburgh’s No. 2 quarterback will get the starting duties.
And at the moment, the Steelers’ No. 2 quarterback is Dobbs.
The former Vol served as Roethlisberger’s backup last season, but the expectation moving forward is that 2018 third round draft selection Mason Rudolph will eventually win the backup job.
So far, that hasn’t been the case.
Mike Tomlin said Josh Dobbs will start at QB Friday
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) August 7, 2019
Dobbs has his work cut out for him, though, if he’s going to hold off Rudolph.
According to various reports, Rudolph has had a very solid preseason.
Offense went 3 for 7 from the goal line in front of the Heinz Field crowd. Josh Dobbs was 1 for 4, Mason Rudolph was 2 for 3. Terrell Edmunds had a nice PBU intended for Vance McDonald, and Rudolph threaded the needle to Ryan Switzer over the middle.
— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) August 4, 2019
I’ve learned it’s never a good idea to doubt Dobbs. He proved a lot of folks wrong in college and he’s already proved some folks wrong in the NFL.
Dobbs can make a statement with a big performance on Friday against the Buccaneers’ first team defense. If Dobbs plays well, he should be able to create some distance between himself and Rudolph.
But if Dobbs struggles, Rudolph will be right there nipping at his heels.
Backup quarterback jobs in the NFL aren’t handed out, they’re earned. Dobbs might have been the backup last season, but he’s going to need to earn the job again this preseason.
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