All 91 is a Pittsburgh Steelers Now series profiling each of the 91 members of the Steelers 2019 training camp roster.
2 • Mason Rudolph, 2nd Year QB
Last year: Did not play in the regular season after being drafted in the third round out of Oklahoma State.
Stats: In four preseason games, he was 24 for 44 (54.5%) for 315 yards, a 7.2 yards per attempt average. He had three touchdowns, threw one interception and was sacked seven times.
Accolades, Highlights: Rudolph drew praise from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during minicamp: “You see him settling into it a lot. Not afraid to step up to whatever group, whatever receiver. I think in the past, you saw a little hesitancy to throw to certain guys. Now, they’re stepping in ready to go.”
Scored a rushing touchdown in the Steelers’ preseason finale against Carolina.
Mason Rudolph: More of your pocket passer QB. Can use his legs to get where he needs to go. What I like about Rudolph is his fire. Steelers fans remember this play last season when he was laid out and promptly got up to let the defender know what was up. pic.twitter.com/c19YsfbW0Z
— Donnie Druin (@DonnieDruin) June 16, 2019
Camp outlook: Will be battling with Josh Dobbs to be the primary backup behind Ben Roethlisberger. Should get the lion’s share of preseason snaps given Roethlisberger’s age and Rudolph’s lack of experience.
Projected role: Backup quarterback that, given Roethlisberger’s career history of minor injuries, will get at least some playing time this year.
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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.