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Josh Dobbs to Start for Steelers vs. Carolina

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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.

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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.

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