Former Tennessee Vols quarterback Josh Dobbs almost certainly doesn’t have a viable future with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And that’s honestly a bit surprising, considering the Steelers used a fourth round selection on Dobbs in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Dobbs spent the 2017 season as the No. 3 quarterback on Pittsburgh’s roster, behind Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones.

The expectation was that Dobbs, who needed to work on his accuracy once he reached the NFL, would eventually pass Jones on the depth chart.

But the Steelers completely threw a wrench in those plans by selecting Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

That pretty much sends the message that Dobbs isn’t viewed as part of Pittsburgh’s longterm plans.

The decision to select Rudolph puzzled Roethlisberger, who told reporters that he “felt bad” for Dobbs.

It looks like Dobbs has already been passed on the depth chart by Rudolph.

It seems pretty early for a third round pick to be cruising up the depth chart, which solidifies that Pittsburgh doesn’t have big plans for Dobbs.

Which is why I think Dobbs should be hoping for a rapid exit from the Steel City.

I don’t know that Dobbs will ever be a starting quarterback in the NFL. But I do know he’s a lot better than his former college teammate Nathan Peterman, who already received a chance to start with the Buffalo Bills.

Dobbs deserves that same chance. Or at least the chance to be a primary backup for a team. It doesn’t seem like the Steelers are the least bit interested in giving the former Vol signal caller an opportunity.

There are plenty of teams that could use Dobbs. The Houston Texans, Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders are just a handful of teams that would be wise to sign Dobbs if the Steelers release him (or try to sneak him on their practice squad).

Dobbs definitely has flaws in his games. His accuracy, at times, leaves plenty to be desired. But he’s a gamer. He shows up when the lights come on. And he’s a treat to watch when a play breaks down. It’s incredible the way he’s able to make something out of nothing (he won Tennessee a lot of games with his ability to improvise in adverse situations).

It may not seem like it to Dobbs, but if he gets released by Pittsburgh, it could be the best thing that ever happens to his football career.

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  1. Landry Jones is coming up on a contract year. Mason Rudolph is yet to prove anything. Ben Roethlisberger is probably not far from retirement. As a Steelers fan, I like Dobbs. He might be on the practice squad this year, that’s assuming he clears waivers, but I’d look to see him on the roster. The Steelers drafting Mason Rudolph had more to do with perceived value at that pick and the fact that there isn’t a solidified starter to take over for Ben if he’d retire. It’d be wrong to assume that they picked Rudolph because they’ve given up on Dobbs or don’t see potential there for him at QB, especially with picking him with the 4th round pick.

    Knowing how the Steelers do things, they’ll be looking to most likely get Dobbs on the practice squad this year.

  2. Hi Zach! Steelers fan here… The thing about the Dobbs/Jones situation, Jones is in a contract year, and it’s expected he’ll test FA next year. If so, as a back-up with solid [recent] game tapes, he’ll likely attract more $$$ interest that the Steelers can match or will be eager to match. For this reason, some in Steelers Nation wonder whether it would be wiser for the team to offer Jones in trade this summer once QBs around the league start falling [to injuries] in camp.

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