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Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs is set to start preseason opener

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Luckily for the Pittsburgh Steelers, they have options for the backup quarterback position. As of now, third-year quarterback Josh Dobbs is slated to get the start in the team’s preseason opener, according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.

While this is a good sign for Dobbs, the position battle is far from over. Second year signal-caller Mason Rudolph still has a shot at the job. Dobbs played sparingly last year, and was unspectacular at best. But the former Tennessee Volunteer does have real game experience, whereas Rudolph has none.

Rudolph, a former Oklahoma State Cowboy, had an incredible college career, but has seen exactly zero snaps in the pros. In last years preseason, he looked incredibly mediocre.

Although this is an important competition for the Steelers, Big Ben Roethlisberger isn’t going anywhere. The Steelers stalwart signed a two-year extension this April, and has said that retirement is some time away.

As long as Ben is there, Pittsburgh remains a contender. Even though it seems like the offensive unit has been torn apart, there’s still plenty of playmakers left. JuJu Smith-Schuster has emerged as one of the best receivers in football, and James Connor has proven himself to be an elite runner.  The offensive line remains dominant, led by left tackle Alejandro Villanueva. The defense has lots of room to improve, but also has the upside to be a top-10 unit.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are still in contending mode, so the backup quarterback battle looks to be the least of their concerns.