A job backing up Ben Roethlisberger with the Pittsburgh Steelers isn’t as secure as it once was for Joshua Dobbs.
ESPN reported this week that the Alpharetta native will have to “battle for a roster spot” this season.
Dobbs, 23, was a fourth-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2017 and spent the season third on the depth chart behind Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl champion, and fellow backup Landry Jones. But a few weeks ago, in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Steelers selected another quarterback, finding Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph in the third round.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler sees Roethlisberger and Rudolph as locks for the roster, leaving Dobbs and Jones to fight for the final spot on the depth chart.
Fowler writes: “The Steelers typically keep three quarterbacks and Rudolph is an unlikely cut, so that leaves veteran Jones and 2017 draft pick Dobbs to battle for a roster spot.”
Dobbs didn’t see the field for the Steelers in the regular season as a rookie but played some in the preseason. The former Alpharetta High School Raider and Tennessee Volunteer passed for 403 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions over four preseason games, and also rushed for a score.
In year two, he’s welcoming the challenge.
“No matter who they bring in, you have to compete every single day,” Dobbs told Fowler. “Your play speaks for itself, that’s all you can do, show the leaps and bounds I made last year, continue to progress in the offense and add new ideas ... When you’re a true competitor, you rise to the competition.”
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