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Josh Dobbs Overcomes Rough Start in NFL Debut

Former Vol Josh Dobbs completed his first ever NFL pass in the preseason when he connected with Pittsburgh Steeler receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster on a four-yard pass as the Steelers took on the New York Giants.

But then things went downhill and quickly for Dobbs.

The fourth-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers would throw two interceptions in his next four pass attempts, and he started his NFL debut completing just one of his first five passes for four yards and two interceptions.

But then Dobbs settled in, and he got to work.

Dobbs would rip off a 16-yard run on the Steelers next possession, and he would hit Cobi Hamilton for a 44-yard pass on the same drive to help lead Pittsburgh to their first score: a field goal.

Then, with just 33 seconds left in the first half, Dobbs tossed his first ever NFL touchdown.

The Giants fumbled a punt return, and the Steelers recovered at the New York 28 yard line. On the first play of that possession, Dobbs threw a 28-yard touchdown to Hamilton, ending his first half on a much better note than it started.

Dobbs would finish his NFL preseason debut completing 8 of his 15 passes for 100 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. He also added that 16-yard run. And considering how his first ever NFL start began, the end results are impressive.

“Of course there were some throws you want back and some plays that were good,” Dobbs said after the game. “I was able to respond from a little adversity at the beginning of the game, but this is a good start and I’ll be able to build off this.”

The Steelers will play the Atlanta Falcons on August 20th for their next preseason game. Only time will tell if Dobbs will earn another start or if main backup quarterback Landry Jones will be healthy enough to go for that one.

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