Seemingly everyone’s least favorite quarterback as of now, Mason Rudolph is in a weird spot. While the only veteran with experience with the team, he is being inserted into the quarterback competition and could seemingly end up anywhere. The team is treating him like a potential starter, he plays more like a backup, and there is even a good argument that he won’t make the final roster.
With all of these questions, Rudolph needs to come out and make an impact quickly in camp. Frankly, there is little excuse for him otherwise. He has been a part of this program for five seasons now. He knows the ropes and the expectations. That gives him a leg up over his competition.
Even if he isn’t going to start, Rudolph has to look good early in training camp. If not, he may quickly fall down the depth chart and be off the roster sooner rather than later. He has no excuse at this point not to look good in camp. If he falters, the team has plenty of options to play in front of him.
With training camp just around the corner for the Steelers, quite a few players will be fighting for their shot at the roster. These five in particular need to stand out from the pack early. If not, they are apt to get lost in the shuffle.