Mike Tomlin has a serious QB2 battle which is still not finalized. And he giving any hints on the Dwayne Haskins vs Mason Rudolph competition.
The Steelers have a loaded roster that is potentially in its last year of playoff contention. This might be QB Ben Roethlisberger’s last year in the Pro’s and the Steelers will hope to cross the hump once again in 2021.
The Backup QB spot has been one to look out for. Mason Rudolph has had the job for the last 2 seasons. But 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins joined the team this summer, and will definitely push Rudolph for the job. The Backup job is especially important because whichever guy gets the job has a solid chance to play this season if there Ben Roethlisberger suffers an injury or sits late in the season.
Blessed to be here. 💛🖤 pic.twitter.com/CdDj2YwmsX
— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) June 1, 2021
And Mike Tomline has no update for the world
Mike Tomlin is content with the Steelers’ QB room.
During a recent press conference, Mike Tomlin made it clear that he has no update on his team’s quarterback situation.
“I like the position we’re in,” Tomlin said. “I think we have four NFL quarterbacks in our camp, and you know just based on my experience over the years, you can’t go wrong when you have four NFL quarterbacks (on your 90-man roster). Think back to the years where we had Byron Leftwich, Charlie Batch, and Dennis Dixon, and we were always trying to figure out how to sort through those four guys and by circumstance something always played where we continued that process, and we managed those four guys for a number of years.
“A number of years ago, we had Landry Jones and Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs, and I thought we had four NFL quarterbacks in camp, and in that circumstance one of the two young guys really supplanted Landry Jones in that camp. So, I like the fact that we have four NFL quarterbacks in this camp. It’s a good position to be in. Those guys are deserving of how this plays out and I imagine if there’s a guy on the outside looking in at the end of this, he’s still going to find work in this league.”
Tomlin was then asked if his decision to rest Rudolph for the preseason finale was a sign that he’ll be the second quarterback on the depth chart. His answer was quite interesting to say the least.
“You can assume whatever it is you want, but it may be wrong,” Tomlin told reporters.
Steelers’ HC Mike Tomlin said QB Dwayne Haskins will start his team’s preseason finale Friday night against the Panthers.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2021
Dwayne Haskins will start at QB vs. Panthers, Mike Tomlin says.
Panthers are playing starters, says it’s a chance for Haskins to go against 1s.
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 25, 2021
Rudolph has the job locked down for now, but it looks like Mike Tomlin is not closing any doors ahead of the 2021 season. So should Ben Roethlisberger miss time for any reason, the Steelers should be very interesting to follow