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Dionate Johnson says he hopes Mason Rudolph is the Steelers starting QB next season

The Steelers’ star receiver gave public endorsement to Rudolph

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With the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season done, they enter an off-season that will be centered around questions about the quarterback situation. Kenny Pickett has been underwhelming since being drafted, and the offense got hot when Mason Rudolph took over in the season’s final weeks. That said, Rudolph is set to be a free agent when the new league year begins, and the Steelers would likely have to give him top-notch backup quarterback money to bring him back.

Steelers’ receiver Diontae Johnson didn’t shy away when asked about Rudolph, singing the praises of his quarterback.

“I’ve been on the Mason plane, so it wasn’t nothing I wasn’t expecting for him not to do,” Johnson said about Rudolph’s play. “I kind of had high hopes of him doing what he’s been doing when he became the starter. I hope he gets the job next year, and do what he’s got to do. But he did a great job, in my opinion.”

Johnson and Rudolph have been teammates since Johnson was drafted in 2019 out of Toledo.