Former Vols quarterback, Josh Dobbs is fighting to keep a roster spot on the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is making a decent case for himself in the preseason.
Former Tennessee football quarterback, Josh Dobbs is in a familiar position for backup quarterbacks, which is fighting for his career in the preseason. When you’re sitting around with your buddies maybe having a couple of beers, the backup NFL quarterback position sounds like the easiest pro athlete position of all time.
And, if the conversation has happened in the last ten years, the name Chase Daniel always comes up. Daniel was drafted in the 2009 NFL Draft and has played in a total of 57 games.
However, since 2014, he has only played in seven games and is getting paid. Daniel just signed a two-year deal with the Chicago Bears worth 10 million dollars, 7 million of it is guaranteed. The crazy thing is, he has only thrown one touchdown in his entire NFL career.
However, the untold story and the truth of the matter is backup quarterbacks are a necessity but could be cut at any moment. That is the situation Josh Dobbs finds himself in. We wrote a piece about Dobbs’ future right after the 2018 NFL Draft because the Steelers drafted Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph in the Third Round. You can read that here.
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NFL teams usually only carry three quarterbacks at the max. And, if you take a look at the Steelers roster, there are two guaranteed spots taken. Mason Rudolph has one wrapped up, Pittsburgh is not going to waste that draft pick so soon. And, obviously, Ben Roethlisberger has a spot.
So, that leaves one spot for either Josh Dobbs or Landry Jones. If Dobbs wants a spot, he is going to have to treat the preseason like regular season games. And, so far, he has.
In game one against the Eagles, Dobbs went 9-of-13 for 91 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also accounted for 19 yards on the ground on two attempts. In that same game, Landry Jones threw for 83 yards on 4-of-4 passing with one touchdown.
In game two against the Packers, Dobbs threw for 192 yards on 12-of-18. He also accounted for two touchdowns with one interception.
If Dobbs wants to keep his job he is going to have to continue his success in the preseason. He should have two more chances to prove he can be a reliable backup quarterback.