The Pittsburgh Steelers might be so satisfied with Mitchell Trubesky and Kenny Beckett as the top two QBs that they could even let Mason Rudolph go.
The Steelers entered training camp with a three-man quarterback battle. It can go down to two in a few days.
While Mitchell Trubesky and Kenny Beckett seem to have the advantage in the race for the primary job, Mason Rudolph has been paired with a third series offensive line and could even be on the move.
A recent report suggests that Pittsburgh may trade Rudolph before the week ends.
Steelers rumors: Mason Rudolph could be traded with the Lions
“A former NFL general manager told me he thinks Mason Rudolph could be traded to the Lions by the end of the week,” Andrew Filipponi tweeted.
This is an interesting development, especially because Rudolph doesn’t exactly bring huge commercial value to the table. Detroit may be desperate enough to make good value in Pittsburgh, which it would be foolish to ignore.
However, there is an argument for keeping Rudolph in place as a back-up plan. As impressive as Beckett looked in pre-season, it was one game and the team might want to let him develop before throwing him in the fire.
Rudolph will be their insurance policy if anything happens to Trubsky. In that case, they wouldn’t be forced to play Pickett until they wanted to.
Brian Patko tweeted from practice Beckett has moved solidly into second place behind Trubisky after his strong performance in his first pre-season game. Rudolph left with the third team.
So maybe Mike Tomlin and his co-workers are comfortable with the idea of the novice being the QB2. The answer will come if they continue to trade with Rudolph before the end of the training camp.