Kovacevic: Leave Landry out … of this QB debate


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Mason Rudolph scrambles to throw Thursday night at Heinz Field. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Cut Landry Jones.

OK, now that I've grabbed the appropriate attention ...

Can we please, please, please dispense with the spectacularly silly concept that the Steelers would or should keep Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph at the cost of keeping Jones?


Well, I'll give a real try at rationalizing both sides of what undoubtedly will be the dominant argument after both young QBs acquitted themselves quite well Thursday night at Heinz Field in the annual Meaningless Preseason Finale with the Panthers, a 39-24 result for the home team:

Pro: Dobbs looked as authoritative as I'd ever seen him, cool under pressure, quick to elude it and generally accurate in completing 8 of 12 passes for 151 yards and a 27-yard touchdown to Tevin Jones, plus his own ambitious, acrobatic run:

Watch that again and again, from where Dobbs squares up eye-to-eye with Carolina's Jermaine Carter Jr. -- he's wearing No. 56 -- to where Dobbs somehow crosses into scoring territory through that guy plus two others. It's damned impressive.

Con: A lot of Carolina's defense will be on the practice squad by week's end.

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