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Steelers Insider Says The Plan Is To Start Mitchell Trubisky; Team Will Respectfully Part Ways With Mason Rudolph

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Steelers Insider Says The Plan Is To Start Mitchell Trubisky; Team Will Respectfully Part Ways With Mason Rudolph

The Steelers have quite the conundrum for the first time in nearly 20 years: who do they start at quarterback? Ben Roethlisberger manned the position and was penciled in as the starter each season for two decades. Now that he’s retired, the Steelers have a decision to make with three potential starters at the position. Will it be free agent acquisition Mitch Trubisky or first-round draft pick Kenny Pickett? Could Steelers veteran Mason Rudolph shock everyone and win the job? Steelers beat reporter, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, thinks the answers are quite clear barring something drastic.

I think the plan is, and I don’t think there is any question about this unless something would dictate otherwise including injury, I think Mitch Trubisky will go into the regular season as the starter. NFL teams don’t draft quarterbacks No. 1 to have them be the third quarterback and a gameday scratch. I expect Kenny Pickett to be the guy who dresses on gameday [as the primary backup].

Dulac’s inferences came on 105.7 The Fan out of Baltimore. Again, no one for sure knows yet, especially because we aren’t even to the month of July yet. As he mentioned as well, you never get a full grip on these sort of competitions until contact is allowed in practices. The contact-less OTAs makes it hard to evaluate a newcomer like Pickett and how he handles the pocket when getting pressured.

These tidbits coincide with what everyone seems to think heading into training camp. While Pickett was selected in the first round, the Steelers don’t need to rush him. Trubisky, signed on a two-year, $14 million deal at the beginning of free agency, provides the perfect “bridge” guy until Pickett is ready. Because of that, Trubisky seems to be the frontrunner for the job, as of now. Once the season starts, he may have a short leash before Pickett is given a chance. As for the other guy, Mason Rudolph, Dulac mentioned his prospects as well.

Because he’s a five year veteran, I think they will treat Mason Rudolph with a little bit more respect than to keep him around as the third quarterback and a gameday scratch. I think they will probably try to move him, trade him, get something for him.

Does Steelers vet Rudolph have a chance?

Not only does Rudolph seem likely to be third on the depth chart, but moving on from him remains a possibility as well. It’s just a matter of finding the right team and fit for him in a deal before the regular season begins. Not that it matters, but moving Rudolph seems to be the wish of Steelers fans as well. After being selected in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Oklahoma State product has had an underwhelming professional career.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) takes off on a 26-yard scramble during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

It’s unclear as to just what kind of value he could bring, but it wouldn’t be anything more than a late-round draft pick. At this point, a change of scenery would be beneficial for both sides. While he’s not necessarily a starter, Rudolph is a decent backup in the NFL. Moving on from him would also allow rookie Chris Oladukon a chance at becoming the third-string for the near future, and beyond potentially. The seventh-round draft pick has immense size and could be a potentially impactful find by the Steelers organization.

Do you guys think Trubisky No. 1 and Pickett No. 2 ends up being the order heading into the regular season? If Rudolph gets traded, where would be a good fit for him? As always, let us know your thoughts in the comment section below on the Steelers’ quarterback situation!



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  1. Gavin Christie

    June 20, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Such conjecture. They should and will keep him as a number 2.

  2. Sultan alMumin

    June 20, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    Send him to the Browns back up Watson after Mayfield is traded

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  4. Roberta J Campbell

    June 20, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    I do agree that Mitch will start Kenny backup and Chris #3 QB for this season for sure and Mason won’t be part of the final 53. I do agree it would be best for both sides. Mason needs a fresh start just like Mitch is doing now. Mason just didn’t seem to improve and maybe a fresh start might change that for him. Now next year will depend on how this season plays out.

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  6. Die hard burgh fan

    June 21, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    I believe that Mitch is going to be a stud, Kenny will.learn in the backup position and mason will be selling insurance by December

  7. Vegas Devil

    June 21, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Does anyone remember when the Redskins drafted Heath Shoulder in the 1st round and drafted Gus Frerotte in the 2nd round? Well I can’t help to think the Steelers drafted Kenny Pickett to push Trubisky much like Frerotte was drafted to push the underwhelming Heath Shuler. If Mitch Trubisky plays like the former number 2 pick like he was drafted, they will have struck gold, if not they have Kenny Pickett waiting in the wings. Much like the Redskins did 28 years ago. Oh and don’t forget the Steelers passed on a former Pitt QB Dan Marino in 1983. Bottom line they are hedging their bets.


    June 21, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    I don’t think that Mason was ever given a proper chance the last couple of years. Ben was not particularly good, but he was a favorite for the coach. He will play somewhere, probably not for the Steelers.

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  12. Sheilah McKenzie

    June 24, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    Mason QB1. Waited for his turn now that Ben retired.

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