The Pittsburgh Steelers’ new offensive coordinator, Matt Canada, has his work cut out for him during training camp and the preseason. No, not at the starting position, but when it comes to who will back up Ben Roethlisberger is something to keep an eye on.
Will the Steelers keep three quarterbacks? If they do, and most believe they will, who will be the odd man out? Matt Canada spoke with the media Saturday, and he talked about the Steelers quarterback hierarchy.
He was specifically asked about if he can learn more about these quarterbacks when Roethlisberger has a light workload day, or a day off. Of course, with more repetitions, the more you learn about the other quarterbacks.
“Sure, obviously. We’ve got three of them going and all three of them are guys who have been around and played.” Canada said. “Ben’s had this schedule, from my understanding, for seven or eight years. You guys would know better than I would, you’ve been here longer. To the previous questions, this schedule allows Mason to get reps with the ones, for Dwayne [Haskins] to go with the twos, Josh [Dobbs] and Dwayne twos and threes. The more reps the better. And obviously, this is the schedule that Ben’s had for a long time and been very productive with.”
Canada was then asked specifically about some of the quarterbacks, and with Mason Rudolph getting the starting reps on Saturday, he was the first player on the docket.
“I can’t tell you details about today, but Mason’s working hard. Obviously, he’s got a high expectation of himself and I think he, like everyone three days in, is having good days and bad days, good plays and bad plays. We’re happy with where Mason’s at. Got to keep getting better.
“We have confidence in everybody. We have to get everybody ready to go. And obviously, the beauty of the Hall of Fame game for us is we get extra time to work, extra time to practice. Like I said, we’re installing at a nice pace because we have time to do it and guys are getting reps. We feel good about where we are.”
One of the most polarizing players for the Steelers’ global fan base is Dwayne Haskins. Some think he isn’t worth a roster spot, while some view him as a future franchise quarterback. Either way, Canada spoke about how Haskins has done so far this offseason, and in the early stages of training camp.
“We’re happy with where Dwayne’s at as far as the way he’s working.” Canada said of the former first round pick. “I think he’s come in and really worked very hard to learn our system. He’s spent a lot of time studying what we do, how we do it, what Ben’s done. In our offense, obviously we’re making some changes, some not. But I think he’s doing everything he can. His work ethic, his time in the office has been awesome so really happy with where he’s at and got to keep getting better, like we all do.”
For all of these quarterbacks, from Roethlisberger to Joshua Dobbs, they are learning a brand new system. All new terminology, and that can be a challenge. It hasn’t always been easy, but Canada believes the quarterbacks are making some real progress in camp.
“I feel like they’ve grasped the changes very well.” Canada stated. “Again, I look at Ben and the time he’s played and all the time he’s had to put in, knowing his system. The tweaks on the run game and things are there and he’s done a great job and worked really hard and (has) been a great leader for the young guys too. It’s been great.”
It might seem like so far, so good for the Steelers’ quarterbacks, but we all will know more about the depth at the position, as well as Canada’s offense, in just a few weeks when games start being played.
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