Steelers To Keep Mason Rudolph

Mason Rudolph will return to the Steelers in 2020, head coach Mike Tomlin says (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Brooke Pryor). Rudolph will serve as the backup to Ben Roethlisberger, who says he intends to play in 2020 and make a full recovery from his season-ending elbow injury

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Rudolph had an up-and-down year, to say the least. Putting aside the infamous Browns brawl, Rudolph had some solid moments as Big Ben’s midseason fill-in. He ultimately went 5-3 in eight starts with 13 touchdowns against nine interceptions. Things got more turbulent as the season went on, however, and he was ultimately leapfrogged by Devlin Hodges. Rudolph took the reins back from Duck midway through the Steelers’ Week 16 game against the Jets, but he was forced out by a shoulder injury that ultimately ended his season.

Tomlin says he wishes he got to see more out of Rudolph in 2019 and he’ll be able to take a closer look at the 24-year-old next year as he holds the clipboard for Roethlisberger.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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18 comments on “Steelers To Keep Mason Rudolph

  1. amk3510

    He is on a rookie contract with 2 years left. Didn’t even think otherwise.

        • mcdusty49

          It was a joke brosef, put your internet patrol badge down lol…I don’t give two craps about either of those teams or any of the the players involved in that whole debacle…I’m a hopeful Las Vegas Raiders fan…happy New Years sheriff

          • Tripodski

            Happy New Year to ya! You best get all the happy you can tonight because soon there will be a prolonged shortage of it out Vegas way.

    • leefieux

      Just about every NFL team needs a ‘real’ backup. Not too many Bridgewaters out there. And those that ARE good want to be starters.

      • gozurman1

        I agree. The previous backup in Pittburgh was Landry Jones. He had no experience when he took over as the back up either. He needed some experience and he got some this year. Looked very good when he came back in against the Jets. Freak play that he got hurt on when he got pancaked by a lineman. If he keeps progressing he will be at least a very good back up and could be the next starter.

      • Ironman_4life

        Teddy Bridgewater chose to back up Drew Brees rather than to start in Miami

  2. phillyballers

    He has the same fighting style as Ronde Rousey, blocks with face.

  3. 70sChild

    Why wouldn’t he be back at least as a backup? He is only in his 2nd year. Non-story.

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