Moving along with part 69 of our 90-part series — assuming the roster does not change before we are complete — which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.
Let’s dive into Steelers backup quarterback:
Height: 6’ 5”
Weight: 235 lbs
College: Oklahoma State
Draft: Third round, 76th Overall in 2018
10 Games played
Expires in 2022
$1,069,620 salary cap number (.6% of total cap)
$233,066 Dead money
$836,554 Savings if cut
Likelihood of making the roster
Lock. Despite what you may think of Mason Rudolph, the organization has made it quite clear he is the team’s backup quarterback, and possibly the future of the franchise. He will not be going anywhere until at least the expiration of his rookie contract. In my opinion the only way Mason is going anywhere is if Ben Roethlisberger decides to extend his current contract and Rudolph gets an opportunity to start elsewhere sooner.
Ben Roethlisberger is undoubtedly the Steelers number one quarterback, even if his arm is only at 50% I just don’t see the Steelers ever benching him. What I can see happening however, is the Steelers being in a playoff position come Week 17 and they decide to rest Roethlisberger’s arm for the playoffs. I think Rudolph ends up starting the season finale and plays a solid 60 minutes, maybe even well enough for public perception to change for the better.
1 Game played
I, myself am still on the fence about whether I think Mason Rudolph is the Steelers quarterback of the future. I think he has shown signs of being a solid game manager, and below average player. I think the biggest thing Rudolph needs to improve on is working the ball down the field to back up the opposing safeties. Time will tell about whether Rudolph is the heir apparent to Ben Roethlisberger. Rudolph just has to be ready to hit the field at any time.
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Ulysees Gilbert III
Anthony McFarland Jr.