Mason Rudolph has a shot at being Steelers QB1?

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The quarterback competition at Pittsburgh Steelers training camp is certainly an interesting one. While the scenario has mainly been seen as a competition between Mitch Trubinsky and rookie Kenny Pickett, offensive coordinator Matt Canada said in a recent radio interview that Mason Rudolph is still very much in the running.

“Mason’s getting the second reps right now, almost equal to, maybe slightly less than Mitch,” Canada told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh. “He’s being given a very fair shot. To this point in camp, it might have been exactly equal. Mason has made a lot of plays at times, he’s played very well at times for us. He’s got a great shot at it. He’s being treated that way. His history with our plays, with our system, is a positive for him.”

As Canada points out, Rudolph is the most familiar with the Steelers playbook given this is his fourth season with the team and the other two signal-callers are newbies. The one thing holding him back, however, is that his body of work is limited due to being in Ben Roethlisberger’s shadow the whole time he has been in the Steel City. 

Rudolph’s limited resume is tepid if not also rough, as he has won five of the ten games he has played in over the last four seasons. In his solo start in 2021, he completed 30 passes on 50 attempts for 242 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 16-16 tie with the Detroit Lions in Week 10.


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