Rudolph Signs with Steelers

Steelers rookie quarterback 'learning the whole deal'

Jeff Hathhorn
May 23, 2018 - 5:56 pm
Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph

93.7 the Fan

At 6:30 Wednesday morning, a life-long dream was realized as Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph signed his four-year rookie contract.  He said he had no time to reflect, signing and then heading straight for a team meeting. 

Such is the life of a rookie in the NFL trying to figure out what he is doing as the team is only two practices into off-season workouts.

“You see the way Ben operates, it all flows naturally,” Rudolph said.  “He knows where he is going and he can just worry about his mechanics.  Definitely right now I’m worried about a lot of things.  Once it slows down for me, it’s going to make a lot of difference.”

The third round pick from Oklahoma State said he’s having fun, especially when he makes a good play, but is focusing on every rep he gets.  Admitting it’s much different that it was during rookie mini-camp, when he got a majority of the work.

“I’m focused on that and making every rep count,” Rudolph said.  “Learning the whole deal, starting to learn signals and dive deeper in and keep this thing rolling.”

Much has been written and said about the Steelers drafting a quarterback at all this year.  Ben Roethlisberger saying earlier this month on 93.7 the Fan it’s not his job to help Rudolph and that he will have to lean on Landry Jones and others.  Roethlisberger clarified on Tuesday, saying that was just in jest and he has always helped the young guys. 

Regardless, even though he holds 54 Oklahoma State records and won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Rudolph said he’s not afraid to ask for help as a NFL rookie.

“I’m a question guy,” the 22-year-old South Carolina native said.  “I like to study myself and then whatever questions I have after study, I come back and shoot coach a text or one of our QCs (quality control coaches), Matt Simms.  They are helping me out a lot as I continue to grow.”

Rudolph said it’s been great getting to know the guys, however does admit to an issue.  He’s not quite sure yet when his teammates are teasing him or if they are serious.

“That’s an ongoing struggle right now,” Rudolph said.  “I got to feel it out.  Everyone has been great.  I haven’t been messed with too much.”

With outside thoughts of a tense environment, Rudolph said it’s really been quite the opposite.

“It’s a pretty enjoyable setting, especially in the quarterback room,” Rudolph said.  “I will keep working at it and start to learn everyone’s name.  That’s still a work in progress right now.”

So that’s number 7, he’s Ben Roethlisberger.