Everyone knows Ben Roethlisberger will be the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season. What’s unclear, however, is who’s going to be the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart.
The Steelers have two intriguing options on their roster for the backup spot in Dwayne Haskins and Mason Rudolph. During a recent press conference, Mike Tomlin made it clear that he’s content with 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). I 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.
Mike Tomlin: Assume what you want about QB depth chart, but you may be wrong. https://t.co/fPm14DA6QY
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 27, 2021
Most projections have Rudolph as the backup quarterback for the Steelers, but it sounds like Tomlin is leaving the door open for Haskins to make a move up the depth chart.
Haskins will get plenty of time this Friday to prove what he can do under center. His best performance of the preseason thus far came against the Eagles, as he completed 16-of-22 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown.
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