Despite Solid Preseason, Josh Dobbs is Still No. 3 QB in Pittsburgh

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    Josh Dobbs’ first ever NFL preseason had its ups and downs. But for the most part, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie put together a solid showing in his first preseason with his new NFL team.

    But despite that strong start, Dobbs appears to still be firmly settled in at Pittsburgh’s No. 3 spot on the quarterback depth chart.

    According to Bob Labriola, a writer for the Steelers’ official website, Dobbs is still “raw” and is “clearly No. 3” on the Steelers’ depth chart at quarterback.

    “As incongruous as it might seem given the history of the Tennessee program, Dobbs had no position coach during his college career, and his mechanics reflect that,” Labriola wrote. “Dobbs improved over the course of the preseason, and the game-winning drive in the preseason finale was a nice cherry on top, but there’s no question he’s raw and clearly No. 3 on this depth chart.”

    Dobbs capped off his first ever preseason with a game-winning rushing touchdown in the final seconds of Pittsburgh’s game against the Carolina Panthers. Dobbs also connected with another former Vol, Justin Hunter, earlier in that game for a 58-yard touchdown throw.

    But Dobbs, a fourth-round draft pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, is still just a rookie, and Pittsburgh’s main backup, Landry Jones, has been in the NFL since 2013. Unseating him in just one preseason would’ve been nearly impossible work.

    In four preseason games (and two starts), Dobbs completed 38 of his 64 passes (59.4 percent) for 406 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. Dobbs also had 34 rushing yards and that game-winning rushing touchdown against Carolina.

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.