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    Colbert Comments On Battle So Far Between Dobbs, Rudolph For No. 2 QB Job

    By Dave Bryan
    Posted on August 4, 2019

    The battle this year during training between Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks Joshua Dobbs and Mason Rudolph for the right to backup starter Ben Roethlisberger has been a fun one to monitor so far during the team’s time at Saint Vincent College. That battle between those two players should get even more interesting to watch once the preseason gets underway.

    Just ahead of the Steelers annual Friday night practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium, general manager Kevin Colbert conducted his yearly interview with Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller of ‘Movin’ the Chains’ on SiriusXM NFL Radio and roughly midway through it he was asked to comment on how that training camp battle between Dobbs and Rudolph has gone so far.

    “Well, just to go back last year at this time Landry [Jones] was our clear number two from the previous season and Joshua put together a great preseason and won the number two job,” Colbert said. “And I think Mason, having watched that, understands that, hey, I watched a guy do that, why can’t I do it? So, he and Joshua are going through a real good competition and they’ll get their work in the preseason because Ben will just get what he needs and those other two they’ll sort it out and fight it out. And so far it’s been good.”

    According to our own Alex Kozora and his daily training camp reports, Rudolph has been the better of the two quarterbacks to date. That said, Kozora was careful to write just the other day that the battle between Rudolph and Dobbs is far from over. In his recent interview, Colbert pretty much echoed what all Kozora has written about the backup quarterback battle since training camp got underway at Saint Vincent College.

    “Mason’s done some nice things, obviously still things he needs to work on,” Colbert said. “Joshua, Josh never really looks as good as he does in practice as he does in the games, because when you add that breakdown, when something’s not there and he can break a defense down with his running, it’s a whole different game. So, exciting for both of those two but I can’t tell you how it’ll sort out yet.”

    The Steelers first preseason game of 2019 will take place next Friday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and one would think that Dobbs will start that game and likely play a good portion of the first half, if not the entire 30 minutes. Rudolph will then likely take over for Dobbs with Devlin Hodges, the team’s fourth-string quarterback, likely mopping up late in the fourth quarter.

    Regardless of how Dobbs and Rudolph play in the team’s first preseason game, they’ll likely be flipped in the second one with the latter being given the start and the former following him into the game.

    A lot can happen in the next four weeks and while many of us expect Rudolph to ultimately win the battle between him and Dobbs, hopefully it turns out to be a decisive victory and thus a result of him playing much, much better this preseason than he did as a rookie.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2019/08/co...medium=twitter

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    Watching Roethlisberger ‘Operate’ Benefitted Rudolph

    Steelers QB improved on footwork, deep ball in offseason

    JOSH ROWNTREE
    AUGUST 06, 2019

    LATROBE, Pa (93.7 The Fan) - With only two practices remaining before the preseason opener, the question of who will back up Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is still very much up in the air.

    Neither last year’s number two, Josh Dobbs, nor Mason Rudolph have grasped a clear grip on the position… yet.

    Rudolph hopes for that to change, starting this week, which will culminate in Pittsburgh’s preseason opener against Tampa on Friday night.

    “I’m having so much more fun,” Rudolph said of year two in the League. “It’s coming so much more naturally. The game has slowed down and I’m just ready to play a different set of uniforms other than our own guys, get out there and have fun and let it rip.”

    Last year, Rudolph was not active for a single game, as Josh Dobbs not only beat out backup Landry Jones for a spot on the roster, but also the backup role to starter Ben Roethlisberger. Rudolph was forced to be a spectator, but was able to take advantage of that opportunity.

    “It helped, because it had to help, because I made it help,” Rudolph said. “Obviously I wasn’t going to play, so that’s never fun. It’s a big change going from playing every year for seven years to not.

    “I definitely made the most of it, enjoyed it, took what I could from Ben’s preparation, his on-the-field game tape and experience. Watching him operate was fun. I think I added some new processes to my preparation routine. I’m ready to let it go this week.”

    Rudolph, who credits Roethlisberger's ability to extend plays with his feet, sees a different player in himself during this camp than last year’s. That should be expected from a player jumping from his rookie season to his second year, but is not always the case.

    “Last year I was really competing with myself because I couldn’t get out of my own way,” he joked. “I didn’t have a total understanding, I was a little hesitant at times and wasn’t as aggressive throwing the ball as I should’ve been. That comes with the territory. So, year two, I already feel ten times better through the spring and ten practices out here.”

    He credits his ability to put more zip on his deep ball and mechanical refinement while in the pocket as the biggest boosts to his performance.

    “That’s always been a strong point in my game, so I’m trying to stay sharp in that regard,” he said. “There really haven’t been as many opportunities to throw it deep. I think I’ve tried to improve velocity when I have the chance to.

    “I worked in California with a guy, a footwork mechanics specialist. We had so much time in the offseason, it’s like ‘why not work with somebody and get a different set of eyes on you?’ So that’s what I did and it paid off.”

    Training camp is one form of the test for Rudolph and Dobbs. Four opportunities in the preseason, against more unknown opponents, should tell that tale on who gets a helmet on Sunday. While Rudolph and Dobbs know the man they’re battling, Rudolph is focusing internally.

    “Just be consistent,” he said. “I’m competing against myself. When I look back against the competition I’ve had in high school, college and here, there’s always going to be somebody else on the roster that you’re competing with. And that helps you, you sharpen each other.”

    https://937thefan.radio.com/articles...fitted-rudolph

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    Josh Dobbs to start Steelers preseason opener

    Posted by Josh Alper on August 7, 2019, 11:59 AM EDT

    The Steelers know who their starting quarterback will be in the first week of the 2019 regular season, but the identity of Ben Roethlisberger‘s backup is not settled at this point.

    Friday night’s preseason opener against the Buccaneers will be one of the steps toward making that choice. Head coach Mike Tomlin announced on Wednesday that Josh Dobbs will get the start against Tampa. Mason Rudolph will follow Dobbs with Devlin Hodges on hand for any other work.

    Dobbs was the backup to Roethlisberger last season and appeared in five games. He was 6-of-12 for 43 yards and an interception, which came during a 24-21 loss to the Raiders that helped keep the Steelers out of the playoffs.

    Rudolph was a third-round pick last year and did not appear in any games. He said in June that he’s more comfortable with the offense than he was last year and he’ll get a chance to show that off on Friday.

    https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/08/07/josh-dobbs-to-start-steelers-preseason-opener/
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher View Post
    Josh Dobbs to start Steelers preseason opener

    Posted by Josh Alper on August 7, 2019, 11:59 AM EDT

    The Steelers know who their starting quarterback will be in the first week of the 2019 regular season, but the identity of Ben Roethlisberger‘s backup is not settled at this point.

    Friday night’s preseason opener against the Buccaneers will be one of the steps toward making that choice. Head coach Mike Tomlin announced on Wednesday that Josh Dobbs will get the start against Tampa. Mason Rudolph will follow Dobbs with Devlin Hodges on hand for any other work.

    Dobbs was the backup to Roethlisberger last season and appeared in five games. He was 6-of-12 for 43 yards and an interception, which came during a 24-21 loss to the Raiders that helped keep the Steelers out of the playoffs.

    Rudolph was a third-round pick last year and did not appear in any games. He said in June that he’s more comfortable with the offense than he was last year and he’ll get a chance to show that off on Friday.

    https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/08/07/josh-dobbs-to-start-steelers-preseason-opener/
    Showcasing for possible trade?!? And what should the Steelers take? 5th round or better?

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    Just read a few reports that Rudolph hasn’t been so hot after a nice start at camp. I wouldn’t count Dobbs out just yet.
    Last edited by Oh wow; 08-07-2019 at 01:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthCoast View Post
    Showcasing for possible trade?!? And what should the Steelers take? 5th round or better?
    Package him with either none starting slot receiver in Rogers or Switzer; then how high a draft pick could we get?
    From the 2010-2019 season, (An 9 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

    My official proclamation: WE WILL NOT WIN ANOTHER SUPER BOWL WITH MIKE TOMLIN AS OUR HEAD COACH. So why delay the inevitable?

    FIRE MIKE TOMLIN

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    I don't know if I like either Dobbs or Rudolf from what I've seen so far. That said I kinda hope Rudolf wins the battle because he has to have more upside and is more of an unknown to me. Dobbs seems like a mediocre at best backup QB. Although from what I've seen of them off the field, I think I like Dobbs better in that regard.

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    Well, the bullets are live this weekend. We'll all be taking a peek and seeing who one ups the other in this week's preseason game.
    From the 2010-2019 season, (An 9 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

    My official proclamation: WE WILL NOT WIN ANOTHER SUPER BOWL WITH MIKE TOMLIN AS OUR HEAD COACH. So why delay the inevitable?

    FIRE MIKE TOMLIN

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    Duck Butter: Hi Gerry-love the chats! Which quarterback do you anticipate getting the lion's share of the reps Friday night? Any word who will run first team? Thanks

    Gerry Dulac: Josh Dobbs will start and Mason Rudolph will replace him

    https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/...s/201908070088

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    I guess it’s still Dobbs job to lose right now. I’ll be on the road during the game. Hopefully there is a replay later that night.

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