Optimistic Dobbs Seizing Opportunity

With a packed quarterback room, Joshua Dobbs isn't taking one rep for granted

Shelby Cassesse
August 13, 2018 - 2:52 pm
Joshua Dobbs and Mason Rudolph

LATROBE (93.7 The Fan) - It's rare for the Steelers to keep four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, so when they drafted Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph in April, it looked like Joshua Dobbs could be the odd man out following camp. 

For now, Dobbs shares a quarterback room with Rudolph, Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones, where he says there have been frequent productive conversations. 

"There's been great camaraderie, guys helping each other whether in the film room or out on the field, talking through different looks, talking through different adjustments that we can make. We're just out here competing, trying to make the team the best we can and trying to elevate the guys' play around us." 

One small glimmer of hope for Dobbs is that he is listed third on the team's most recent depth chart with Rudolph in the fourth spot. In the midst of the tight quarterback competition, Dobbs believes he is on the right track to making a good impression. 

"I've been putting together good drives in practice, taking care of the ball in practice and in games. So, continue to do that, attack the field on the line of scrimmage and run the offense efficiently, continue to play at a high level, as I've been, and just enjoy and embrace the opportunity." 

Dobbs, who was a fourth-round draft pick in 2017, will most likely get another opportunity Thursday when the Steelers are in Green Bay for their second preseason game. He's coming off of a preseason performance in Philadelphia where he went 9/13 for 91 yards, a touchdown and an interception. 

While those game reps are valuable, Dobbs puts the same emphasis on practice. 

"You take any rep serious, whether out here on the practice field in Latrobe, on South Side or in the game in different stadiums. I'm just taking advantage of the reps, the opportunities. Every rep is game rep, whether it's mid-game or mid-practice. You just want to go out, execute and play at a high level, play efficiently and protect the football."

Another opportunity not lost on Dobbs is the chance to play at Lambeau Field Thursday. 

"Knowing that you're going to get an opportunity to play on a historic field, historic stadium, it's really cool. I'm excited for it, just go out and have fun, enjoy it, embrace the atmosphere, embrace the environment, but definitely make the most of it. I'm really looking forward to it."