The Steelers are officially making a change at quarterback. Mike Tomlin announced in his press conference on Monday that former third-round pick Mason Rudolph will start this Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Rudolph relieved Mitch Trubisky late in the fourth quarter after he threw his second interception, and will now be the intended starter. Tomlin did say that the “door is ajar” for Kenny Pickett this week, but that Rudolph is the guy right now.
Tomlin: "As I stand here today, Mason Rudolph is the guy with the ball."— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 18, 2023
Rudolph started eight games in 2019, and appeared in 10 as the Steelers had a quarterback carousel after losing Ben Roethlisberger in Week 2 to a season-ending elbow injury. Rudolph threw 13 touchdowns that season to nine interceptions while posting a passer rating of 82. He started the final game of 2020 against the Browns, throwing for 324 yards and two touchdowns in a losing effort. He also took the field in place of Roethlisberger in 2021, who missed the Steelers’ contest with the Detroit Lions due to Covid. The Steelers tied the Lions, and Rudolph threw for 277 yards and one touchdown.