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With Ben Roethlisberger virtually sure to retire after the 2021 season, backup Mason Rudolph says he’s hopeful he’ll retract over the reins in 2022.
“That is my purpose, to be a starting quarterback in this league and for our team, and I’m working toward that purpose daily,” Rudolph suggested newshounds Tuesday. “I will handiest retain a watch on myself and the arrangement I prepare and the arrangement I arrangement and play in OTAs and camp, and that’s the reason on the forefront of my thoughts.
“I’m no longer panicked about ’22 or the rest cherish that. I’m attempting to are residing in the second and be the handiest I will for my team.”
Rudolph has served as a backup to Roethlisberger since being taken in the third spherical of the 2018 NFL draft. He started eight games in 2019 and one sport closing season in draw of an injured Roethlisberger, but previously he hasn’t shown that he’s the team’s handiest prolonged-time-frame option.
The Oklahoma State product has thrown for 2,089 yards and 15 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 15 career appearances total. Pittsburgh gave him a relative vote of self assurance in deciding now to not exercise a draft retract on a quarterback in the 2021 NFL draft.
Nonetheless, the Steelers signed 2019 first-spherical retract Dwayne Haskins as a likely developmental expertise slack closing season. Or no longer it is probably going Rudolph will bolt into coaching camp competing with Haskins and Josh Dobbs for the backup role in the again of Roethlisberger.
The 2021 season is one thing of a closing hurrah for the Steelers, who bear a veteran-laden roster that will need predominant adjustments in the post-Roethlisberger expertise. Powerful of Pittsburgh’s offseason maneuvering consisted of pushing its wage cap constraints down the avenue any other year to compete this season.
The Steelers can also obtain themselves in a location equivalent to the one faced by the Unusual Orleans Saints this offseason amid Drew Brees’ retirement.