5 Steelers players that will be given second chances in 2022

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

A second chance for Steelers Rudolph

A name that almost no one in Steelers nation likes, Mason Rudolph has a real chance to be a starter next season. No matter if you want a rookie quarterback, a veteran, or for the team to role with Dwayne Haskins, Rudolph will enter the 2022 season as the longest-tenured quarterback on the roster and the one most likely to start unless a significant addition is brought in.

Is Rudolph deserving of a starting job in the league at this point? Not really, but if the Steelers are gearing their roster to a rebuild, it doesn’t really matter who is throwing the passes. As well, Rudolph did look significantly better in his lone start against the Lions this past season. While not enough to warrant a traditional starting job, it may be enough to land him a season as a starter for a rebuilding team.

While my expectations for Rudolph are relatively low, he is at the bare minimum deserving of this opportunity in front of him. The Steelers don’t really have much to lose. Rudolph can flame out and earn the team a top draft pick or play well enough to either get the franchise tag or go elsewhere and reward the team with comp picks. Expect to see him early in the season as the team rolls with him to start.