Throughout the offseason drama created by the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting Mason Rudolph in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and Ben Roethlisberger’s pointed comments in the aftermath, there sits Joshua Dobbs. You know, the quarterback who was selected in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Almost everyone expects Dobbs to be the odd man out as the team ends training camp and starts preparing for the regular season, but Dobbs isn’t one to feel sorry for himself. In an interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Dobbs views the addition of Rudolph as a challenge.
“I know how the league works. It’s just another opportunity to have competition,” Dobbs said. “I’m sure it will be a great addition to the (quarterback) room. (The Steelers) were really excited with how I performed last year in the preseason and in practices and overall preparation.”
“It’s like you can’t really take it personal,” Dobbs added. “They are always looking for the next player. Quarterback is the most important position. No matter who they bring in, you have to compete every single day. Your play speaks for itself. That’s all you can do, show the leaps and bounds I made last year, continue to progress in the offense and add new ideas.
“I plan on being (at camp) and plan to compete. When you’re a true competitor, you rise to the competition.”
The Steelers’ quarterback battle will certainly be an interesting one to watch throughout the offseason and training camp. Clearly, Ben Roethlisberger will be listed atop the depth chart, but I would go as far to suggest after Roethlisberger is anyone’s guess.
Some view Landry Jones as a lock to make the team, and with one year left on his current contract this is a logical assumption, but if the team wanted to get younger, more athletic and loves Dobbs the way he suggests they do...Jones might need to hold off Dobbs and Rudolph to keep his job.
If Jones is the solid No. 2, it would be a battle for the third, and final, spot on the team’s 53-man roster. Rudolph vs. Dobbs. You would assume Rudolph has the inside edge in this camp battle, but you won’t know until they step on the field at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA.
Either way, it seems Dobbs is up to the challenge.