Mason Rudolph, the Steelers’ third-round pick last month — and the apparent heir apparent to one Ben Roethlisberger — met with reporters at the team’s rookie minicamp Friday. He offered a much different perspective on the quarterbacks’ relationship than might be expected in the wake of Big Ben’s recent commentary, which partially questioned why the front office would select Rudolph.
I think the media got it kind of twisted around a little bit, Rudolph said. He’s a Hall of Fame quarterback. He’s a competitive guy. That’s what I would expect. He’s a longtime starter.
I’m sure when we get in this building, in this room, we’re going to be friends, and I’m going to let him do his thing and pick up what I can from him but not bother him.
The Steelers community and sports world at large has been sending get-well wishes via social media to Shazier ever since he suffered his injury making a tackle in Monday night’s game against the Bengals. Steelers coaches and players told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review they’re more concerned about Shazier’s ability to lead a normal life than his football career.
“I’m not worried about him playing for us again,” Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler said. “I’m more worried about him. … The thing that we’re hopeful for and prayerful for is he comes back and is going to be OK. The football stuff is secondary. His life is a lot more important than being a football player.”
Fellow Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats told the Tribune-Review, “After seeing him on the field like that, I just want to see him walking. That was scary to see happen.”
As the team started its final set of draft meetings, head coach John Harbaugh affirmed to GM Ozzie Newsome, assistant GM Eric DeCosta and the scouting side that his staff indeed had a plan that would work for both incumbent Joe Flacco and, should they be in position to take him April 26, Jackson.
And that was necessary—at some point, the scouts were going to need to have the coach basically say,We can win with him.
Harbaugh was willing to say it, which was the result of a plan he worked on with offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg, senior offensive assistant Greg Roman and quarterbacks coach James Urban.
Quinn had an incredibly productive final season in college, with an NCAA-leading 114 receptions for 1,236 yards and 13 touchdowns.