Less than 24 hours after being ruled inactive by the Pittsburgh Steelers, former Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs has been traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Pittsburgh will receive a 2020 fifth-round pick as compensation for trading Dobbs to the Jaguars. The former Vol arrives in Jacksonville after Jaguars starting quarterback Nick Foles underwent surgery on his broken clavicle on Monday morning.
Dobbs was drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Steelers. He saw action in five games in 2018 after spending much of his rookie season inactive. Last season, Dobbs completed 6-of-12 passes for 43 yards and an interception.
His first NFL action came against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 11. He entered in for one play on 2nd-and-20, and he completed his first NFL pass for 22 yards and a first down.
Dobbs was the backup quarterback to Ben Roethlisberger last season, but after struggling during the preseason last month, was beat out for the backup job by Mason Rudolph. Dobbs was the team’s No. 3 quarterback heading into the 2019 season.
Jacksonville is coming off a 40-26 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. After Foles was lost for the game due to injury, Gardner Minshew — a rookie out of Washington State — came in and completed 22 of his 25 passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Minshew will start this weekend against the Houston Texans on the road — with Dobbs serving as his backup.
Dobbs finished his Tennessee career with a record of 23-12 as UT’s starting quarterback. In four seasons, he set program records for career rushing yards by a quarterback (2,160), career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (32), single-season rushing yards by a quarterback (831 in 2016) and single-season rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (12 in 2016).
Through the air, Dobbs threw for 7,138 yards, 53 touchdowns, and completed 61.5 percent of his passes. Dobbs finished with 87 career touchdowns in his UT career (53 passing, 32 rushing, 2 receiving).