Rudolph or Dobbs? The making of QB2 ☕


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Devlin Hodges (6), Josh Dobbs (5) and Mason Rudolph (2) share a moment at Sunday night's practice at Heinz Field -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

LATROBE, Pa. -- In the highly competitive world of the NFL, there are always competitions.

Typically, however, they are battles for starting jobs or just trying to win a spot on a roster. That's what makes the competition between Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph a little different.

Both know there's a good chance they will be on the roster -- something they didn't know a year ago at this time. But what they don't know just yet is how they will fall in the pecking order behind Ben Roethlisberger.

It's been an interesting dynamic throughout training camp and the offseason workouts as the coaching staff has worked hard to give both young quarterbacks as much work as possible while still getting Roethlisberger ready for the 2019 season.

Thing is, as last year proved, you never really know how things are going to work out.

The Steelers selected Dobbs and Rudolph in back-to-back drafts in 2017 and 2018, using fourth- and third-round picks, respectively. They liked both, but with veteran backup Landry Jones on the roster, it looked as if Dobbs might be the odd man out.

Instead, he made the most of his opportunities, played well and won the backup job to Roethlisberger last year. Jones was released at the end of the preseason.

This year, the Steelers are going through that process all over again, allowing Dobbs and Rudolph to compete against each other. They've also liked what they have seen from Devlin Hodges, an undrafted rookie out of Samford.

With the team's first preseason game coming up this Friday at Heinz Field, where the Steelers held their annual Fan Fest practice Sunday night, it will be interesting to see how the workload is divided in the exhibition games.

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