The Pittsburgh Steelers’ QB battle has been framed as Mitch Trubisky versus Kenny Pickett. But Ramon Foster thinks most are too fast to dismiss what’s behind door quantity three: Mason Rudolph. Foster went to bat for Rudolph in a current interview on 93.7 The Fan with Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller.
Pittsburgh traded up for and drafted Rudolph again in 2018 with the hopes of him changing into Ben Roethlisberger’s inheritor. But that plan by no means fairly labored out. For his profession, Rudolph sports activities a 5-4-1 document with 16 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. Much of that got here in 2019, his first yr taking part in, and a tricky yr for a battered and injured offense lacking Ben Roethlisberger and loads of different items.
Rudolph has developed right into a steadier #2 but it surely’s clear the crew now not sees that franchise potential. When Roethlisberger retired this offseason, the Steelers sought quarterbacks from each avenue, signing Mitch Trubisky on day certainly one of free company and drafting a pair of arms, first rounder Kenny Pickett and seventh rounder Chris Oladokun.
Still, the crew has framed issues as a three-way battle for the beginning job. And along with his veteran expertise, Rudolph ran because the #2 throughout the spring, a pecking order that figures to stay the identical to begin the summer season.
Foster believes whoever the crew selects as its starter needs to be given an extended leash to determine himself as a substitute of being pulled on the first indicators of hassle.
“Starting quarterbacks, they catch a rhythm. They gotta find their groove when it comes down to the guys they’re with and can trust.”
Whoever begins the season because the starter could have a tricky begin to the yr. Pittsburgh is on the highway week one at Cincinnati adopted by a Week 2 house opener towards the New England Patriots. Days later, they’re again on the highway for a Thursday evening recreation towards the Cleveland Browns. A quick or sluggish begin will form and outline Pittsburgh’s season.
While Foster could hope Rudolph will get a shot, and he’ll have an opportunity this summer season, the most definitely situation is Trubisky begins the yr because the #1. Rudolph beating out each a higher-paid veteran and first spherical rookie appears far much less possible. Still, many are prepared to jot down the depth chart in pen and there’s an extended summer season forward to find out who will fall the place.