PITTSBURGH — Josh Dobbs will get the start in the Steelers’ fourth and final preseason game this Thursday, according to teammate Mason Rudolph.
Rudolph told reporters after practice on Tuesday at the Steelers’ UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side that Dobbs will get the starting nod.
Head coach Mike Tomlin did not commit to a starter during his earlier press briefing, but said that usual starter Ben Roethlisberger will not play and that Dobbs, Rudolph and fourth-stringer Devlin Hodges will share duties.
“We’re still sorting through the process of the division of labor, who does what,” Tomlin said after practice.
The Steelers are still sorting out the depth chart at quarterback behind Roethlisberger. Dobbs and Rudolph have been battling for the backup job all preseason, with Rudolph seeming to have at least a slight edge.
Dobbs started the Steelers’ first preseason game, Rudolph started the second and Roethlisberger the third. Rudolph came in ahead of Dobbs in during the team’s most important Week 3.
Through three games, Dobbs has the most passing yards (259), Rudolph the highest completion percentage (65.6%), Dobbs the most yards per attempt (9.3), Rudolph the most touchdowns (three) and Hodges the best touchdown-to-interception ratio (2:0).
Hodges probably has done well enough to earn a slightly longer look than most fourth-string quarterbacks, but the former FCS All-American’s most likely path to a roster spot is impressing another team’s front office with a strong performance in the Steelers’ preseason finale.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20
James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.
This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.
Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.
Congrats to @camheyward on being named Week 1 #CommunityMVP for installing his first Little Free Library. The book-sharing boxes provide 24-7 access to literacy for underserved Pittsburgh communities while honoring the legacy in education of his late grandfather. pic.twitter.com/uKwbnz28A1— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 18, 2020
Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”
The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.
Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.
Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20
The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.
Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.