Mason Rudolph is Steelers’ setting up QB these days, but that’ll alter

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Kevin Colbert, retiring as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ general manager following the April draft, has a single important assignment prior to he goes and that’s replacing retired quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

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And since that assignment was not still entire on Monday when Colbert fulfilled with local reporters for his yearly pre-incorporate presser, he explained to them if the 2022 season started today, Mason Rudolph would be the team’s beginning quarterback and as a result Roethlisberger’s successor.

Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the Detroit Lions at Heinz Field on November 14, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on all through the activity versus the Detroit Lions at Heinz Area on November 14, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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“If we begun a period now, Mason would be our starter, and we’re excited to see in which that can go,” Colbert mentioned. “Mason’s 5-4-1 as an NFL starter, albeit in a backup variety of position, but we’re fired up to see what is up coming for Mason.”

Yeah, forget about all the things you just examine.

Due to the fact it’s not serious.

The time does not start currently. And if the Steelers go into the period with Rudolph as their unquestioned starter, Colbert either handed or whiffed on some sizeable alternatives in his final offseason as Pittsburgh’s GM.

That is probably not going to take place if a single is aware Colbert. He’s place with each other a pair of Super Bowl groups and a great number of division champion and playoff groups given that 2000 when he took above as general supervisor, so this are unable to quite possibly be his past act on the way out the doorway.

That would be a legacy killer.

So let us just believe that what Colbert did Monday was supply a snapshot in time that won’t signify a lot in 7 months when the year basically does start off.

Let us hope what Colbert reported about Rudolph was, well, the setup for some important moves at quarterback for the Steelers.

“I’m comfortable that Mason has gained a lot more video games than he’s lost as a starter,” Colbert explained. “Wherever that can go, we’ll see. To be an NFL starter that you can win with, you obtained to verify it above 16 game titles. I’m anxious to see that, if that’s the scenario.”

Glance, Mason Rudolph was a fantastic school participant at Oklahoma Point out and a awesome try as a No. 3 draft select in 2018.

But to position to his 5-4-1 history as a starter is a weak effort and hard work at attempting to uncover something constructive to say simply because it says fairly small about his genuine capability.

Colbert on Monday talked about how essential precision is to him when discovering a quarterback. Properly, Rudolph’s accuracy is often acceptable. And typically not.

In 3 of those people 5 video games he “gained,” he done fewer than 60 p.c of his passes. Point is Rudolph’s completion percentage has been in the 50s in six of his 10 commences.

This suggests practically nothing of his plodding, sluggish drop back again. And his unremarkable processing or launch.

What the Steelers can be sure they have in Rudolph is a younger, economical backup who can be functional when required. If Rudolph constantly will become something over and above that, it would be the first time he shows those techniques in the NFL.

So the Steelers will be filling a few other quarterback places this offseason, according to Colbert.

1 of those people places will go to previous Washington initial-spherical select Dwayne Haskins, who invested most of 2021 as Pittsburgh’s scout-crew quarterback and will be tendered as a limited cost-free agent.

“We’re psyched to see what Dwayne can provide both from levels of competition, or possibly he evolves as a starter,” Colbert claimed. “None of us understands at this stage.

“We know we’re likely to increase to the position,” Colbert additional. “I can’t notify you how, but at this place we will go to camp with four.”

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) tries to hand off the ball to Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell (24) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) tries to hand off the ball to Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell (24) in the 2nd fifty percent of an NFL soccer recreation, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J.
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And this is wherever things ought to get intriguing.

The Steelers can naturally use a draft select on a quarterback. And since this year’s course of quarterbacks is not automatically heading to be plucked off the draft board with the top 3 choices as they were being last year, the Steelers might get a shot at a single of them with their No. 20 total selection.

“The draft course of quarterbacks, there is excellent quality offered — most likely not as many as there have been in current years, but it is what it is,” Colbert stated.

This is what it is: If the Steelers want to compete immediately with the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North, they need a veteran quarterback who can give them a opportunity from Joe Burrow or Lamar Jackson.

Luckily for the Steelers, there are heading to be veteran quarterbacks readily available.

Jameis Winston is probably at the head of the absolutely free agent quarterback class, if that is the direction the Steelers want to go.

Sure, he’s rehabilitating from ACL surgical treatment 3 months ago, but he’s seemingly coming by yourself just fine.

And, sure, it is tempting to dismiss Winston as not able to give the Steelers a chance against Cincy and Baltimore primarily based on his background in Tampa Bay.

But the New Orleans Saints have been 5-2 and Winston experienced 14 TDs and 3 interceptions as their starter when he was wounded previous season. So he was on course to produce 34 TD passes and 7 interceptions for the year underneath coach Sean Payton.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins (3) and Mason Rudolph work during the team's NFL minicamp football practice in Pittsburgh, Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins (3) and Mason Rudolph get the job done during the team’s NFL minicamp soccer follow in Pittsburgh, Thursday, June 17, 2021.
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There will be other knowledgeable quarterbacks in absolutely free company as perfectly. In no unique purchase:

Teddy Bridgewater.

Mitch Trubisky.

Marcus Mariotta.

Andy Dalton.

All those are the greatest of the absolutely free agents.

The Steelers could also participate, if they’re of that head, in the Deshaun Watson trade derby — whilst that does not look like a standard Steelers shift.

“We are going to look at just about every feasible avenue,” Colbert stated, “as we do for just about every other situation.”

Which is superior. For the reason that Mason Rudolph is a good starting quarterback to have.

But only in late February.

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