Dec 11, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) takes the field against the Baltimore Ravens at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Steelers QB Mitch Trubisky to start vs. Panthers

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky will start Sunday’s game against the host Carolina Panthers, NFL Network reported Saturday.

On Friday, coach Mike Tomlin declined to say whether Trubisky or Mason Rudolph would get the nod at Carolina with rookie starter Kenny Pickett still in concussion protocol.

Trubisky took over last week in a 16-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens after Pickett exited. He was 22-of-30 passing for 276 yards with one touchdown and three costly interceptions.

Trubisky was 1-3 as the starter before being replaced by Pickett. He has completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 1,073 yards with four TDs and five picks.

Rudolph, formerly the backup to retired quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, has been inactive in all 13 games for the Steelers (5-8).

–Field Level Media

May 24, 2022; Pittsburgh, PA, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky (10) and Mason Rudolph (2) participate in organized team activities at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers not ready to name starting QB vs. Panthers

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin isn’t ready to declare a starting quarterback for Sunday’s game at Carolina.

Rookie starter Kenny Pickett is in concussion protocol and doubtful to play. Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph both have worked with the first team in his absence, and Tomlin told reporters Friday he has “some clarity” about his QB situation.

“There’s just no need to land the plane until it’s required to land the plane,” Tomlin said. “I like the work that we’ve gotten from Mitch and Mason this week. Both guys have split reps and seen enough situations, and not only what they’ve done this week, but the totality of what they’ve done makes us extremely comfortable in terms of considering both guys.”

Trubisky took over last week in a 16-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens after Pickett exited. He was 22-of-30 passing for 276 yards and a touchdown. But he threw three crucial interceptions.

“Just got to make a better decisions, just got to protect the football,” Trubisky said. “Made some really good throws out there. We moved the ball up and down the field, but obviously I got to take care of the football, especially down (in) the red zone so we can come away (with) the points. I’m looking forward to bouncing back this week and getting that opportunity.”

Rudolph, formerly the backup to retired quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, has been inactive in all 13 games for the Steelers (5-8), but wide receiver Diontae Johnson said Rudolph should get a chance against the Panthers (5-8) if Pickett doesn’t play.

“Yeah, I want to see him play,” Johnson said Thursday, per ESPN.

“I know he’s ready to play. I know it’s probably in the back of his mind like, ‘Dang, when I’m going get my chance?’ I feel like this week is it for him. I know he’s going to do everything it takes to be prepared this week, get ready for Sunday.”

Rudolph said this week he was happy to put in meaningful practice time.

“That first play called being back in the huddle and calling plays with the starting offense was fun,” Rudolph said. “And I think I shook off the rust relatively quickly, so it was a good day.”

Rudolph, 27, has appeared in 17 games (10 starts) since the Steelers selected him in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He has thrown for 2,366 yards with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, completing 61.5 percent of his pass attempts.

–Field Level Media

Aug 20, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) looks to pass the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

QB Mitch Trubisky to start Steelers’ preseason finale

Mitch Trubisky will start Pittsburgh’s preseason finale Sunday against the visiting Detroit Lions, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Friday.

Trubisky, 28, has been the QB1 throughout the offseason, but Tomlin still has not designated a starter for the Sept. 11 season opener at Cincinnati.

Veteran backup Mason Rudolph and rookie first-round pick Kenny Pickett also will play against the Lions and conceivably could make Tomlin’s decision tougher with a strong performance.

Trubisky was a backup with the Buffalo Bills last season after compiling a 29-21 record with the Chicago Bears, who drafted him No. 2 overall in 2017.

Over the first two preseason games against Seattle and Jacksonville, Pickett, 24, completed a combined 19 of 22 passes for 171 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Backing up longtime starter Ben Roethlisberger, the 27-year-old Rudolph went 5-4-1 as a starter in the past three seasons with 16 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) gestures on the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Las Vegas won 26-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers next QB odds: Marquee veterans in play?

The 2022 NFL offseason is setting up to be full of league-altering moves at the quarterback position.

The one opening for a playoff team we know of is the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will be moving on from two-time Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger. The next man up on the current roster is Mason Rudolph and he’s the +275 favorite at to be the Steelers’ next quarterback.

But that’s largely because several dominoes have yet to fall — or their statuses are yet to be determined.

Rumors of the Las Vegas Raiders potentially “trading” for a new head coach have been gaining steam. Topping that list? The Steelers’ Mike Tomlin.

How viable a scenario is of Tomlin ending up on the Raiders’ sideline next season is up for debate, but Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr has the second-shortest odds at +700 to wind up in Pittsburgh.

Next is San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo (+750), who has guided the 49ers to the divisional round of the playoffs. He is still widely expected to be moved this offseason with 2021 first-round pick Trey Lance waiting in the wings.

Pending free agent Jameis Winston is being offered at +900, with current University of Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett lining up at +1000. The Steelers own the 20th pick in the NFL draft, but do they want to entrust the offense of a playoff-caliber team to a rookie?

That’s where the unknown status of several marquee veteran quarterbacks comes into play.

Will the Minnesota Vikings move on from Kirk Cousins (+1100) under new leadership? Will Russell Wilson (+1200) add the Steelers as a potential destination if he tries to work his way out of Seattle?

Then there’s the case of Aaron Rodgers. Likely headed for his second consecutive league MVP and fourth overall, Rodgers led the Packers to the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC after an offseason of immense turmoil in Green Bay.

Would a Super Bowl title soothe relationships throughout the franchise, or will Rodgers look for a way out of town regardless? The Packers reportedly voided 2023 as part of a reworked contract last summer and reportedly agreed to review his situation at the end of this season.

Pittsburgh is in the AFC, potentially making the Steelers a more palatable destination for the Packers should they agree to move Rodgers. He is currently being offered at +1600 to be the Steelers’ next quarterback.

Steelers Next QB Odds:
Mason Rudolph: +275
Derek Carr: +700
Jimmy Garoppolo: +750
Jameis Winston: +900
Kenny Pickett: +1000
Matt Corral: +1000
Kirk Cousins: +1100
Ryan Fitzpatrick: +1100
Dwayne Haskins: +1200
Malik Willis: +1200
Russell Wilson: +1200
Marcus Mariota: +1300
Tyrod Taylor: +1400
Desmond Ridder: +1500
Aaron Rodgers: +1600
Mitch Trubisky: +1600
Sam Howell: +1800
Cam Newton: +2500

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) passes against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Tomlin: Steelers will consider all options to find new starting QB

The Pittsburgh Steelers have known who their quarterback was for most of the past 18 seasons.

But with Ben Roethlisberger expected to announce his retirement, there suddenly is plenty of uncertainty over the team’s quarterback position.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday the team will consider a variety of options in which to find their new starting quarterback. Tomlin said he and general manager Kevin Colbert will discuss whether to proceed forward with an internal option, acquire a signal-caller via trade or free agency or select one in the NFL draft.

“All options are on the table,” Tomlin said during a media briefing two days after Pittsburgh’s season ended with a 42-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC wild-card game. “I enjoy working with Kevin this time of year because we speak plain English. We have to improve our football team. There’s two major ways you do it. You do it to free agency, and you do it through the draft.

“We have to look at what’s available to us in the draft positionally. And we have to look at what’s available to us, potentially, in free agency, positionally, and then we kind of bring those two discussions together. And it kind of gives us a path in which to go about addressing our needs.”

Replacing a future Hall of Famer like the 39-year-old Roethlisberger doesn’t seem insurmountable to Tomlin.

“I’m excited about that — that challenge,” Tomlin said. “Those of us that are competitors are. It’s a challenge, man. It kind of makes you uneasy. But I’ve learned to run to those challenges. I’ve learned to appreciate those challenges. The uncertainty surrounding them is inspiring to me in terms of producing work.”

One veteran quarterback who may be available via trade is Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. Quarterbacks who could become free agents include Jameis Winston, Teddy Bridgewater, Andy Dalton and Nick Foles.

The internal options are Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins.

Rudolph is 5-4-1 in 10 starts over the past three seasons. Eight of those starts came in 2019 after Roethlisberger sustained a season-ending elbow injury. Rudolph passed for 1,765 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions that year.

Haskins didn’t see any action for the Steelers this season. He went 3-10 as a starter over the previous two seasons for Washington before being released late in the 2020 campaign. He passed for 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

“Mason and Dwayne have had their moments, but they’ll have to prove that,” Tomlin said about the possibility one of them could be the team’s next starter. “And not only in the team development process but through playing itself. They’re guys that start that I wouldn’t characterize as every-day starters. And so they’ll be given an opportunity to establish themselves, and there’s going to be competition. There always is.

“I think that both guys have positioned themselves to fight that fight with what they’ve done from a work standpoint and a professionalism standpoint in 2021.”

–Field Level Media

Jul 22, 2021; Pittsburgh, PA, United States;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7 ) talks with head coach Mike Tomlin (right) during training camp at the Rooney UPMC Sports Performance Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Tomlin: Ben Roethlisberger is best QB for Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin came to the defense of struggling quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Tuesday.

When asked if the 39-year-old Roethlisberger is the best quarterback for the offense, Tomlin was quick with a response.

“Absolutely. What he does and what he’s done makes me really comfortable in saying that,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin also noted that Roethlisberger “has some hip issues” following Pittsburgh’s 27-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The six-time Pro Bowl quarterback also sustained a left pectoral injury following a 26-17 setback to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sept. 19.

Roethlisberger has thrown for 1,033 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions in four games for the Steelers (1-3), who have mustered just five offensive scores this season.

“It’s him some, it’s us collectively some,” Tomlin said. “We’re not looking to make excuses. We’ve had some big-play opportunities, we haven’t cashed in on them, and we need to cash in on them. They’re a big component to moving the ball and scoring, particularly when you’re not working as efficiently as you’d like on possession downs, which we aren’t. Chunk plays eliminate a lot of execution.”

Roethlisberger is playing in his 18th season in the NFL after signing a restructured contract that included a pay cut over the offseason. He’s spent the entirety of his pro career in Pittsburgh and won two Super Bowls with the Steelers.

Mason Rudolph and former first-round pick Dwayne Haskins are Tomlin’s other options at quarterback.

Rudolph, 26, has thrown for 2,089 yards with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 15 career games with the Steelers. He was selected by Pittsburgh in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Haskins, a 2019 first-round pick of the Washington Football Team out of Ohio State, was released last year in his second season with the team due to a combination of poor performance and a lack of professionalism.

Haskins, 24, signed a one-year deal with the Steelers in January.

He has completed 60.1 percent (267 of 444) of his passes for 2,804 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 16 career games (13 starts).

–Field Level Media

Sep 27, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) catches a pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Giants TE Kyle Rudolph expects to be ready for camp

New York Giants tight end Kyle Rudolph expects to be medically cleared for the start of training camp with his new team later this month.

Rudolph, who joined the team as a free agent, had foot surgery after team doctors for the Giants discovered it was necessary in a routine physical before signing his two-year, $14 million contract.

The Giants declined to rescind the signing and general manager Dave Gettleman said he was confident with the medical team’s assessment of Rudolph.

“As far as football goes, I was extremely fortunate that the Giants organization and everyone involved (caught it), and how they were able to handle my situation, that I won’t miss any football,” Rudolph told the New York Daily News. “At this point it’s about taking each day and taking that opportunity to not only get myself healthy but get myself better. It’s one thing to get and be healthy, it’s another to be ready to go and play in an NFL game. So I’m taking that day by day.”

Rudolph is expected to be on a “veteran’s schedule” when camp begins and head coach Joe Judge said the team would be extremely mindful of overworking the 31-year-old tight end early in camp.

Rudolph played his first 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, earning two Pro Bowl selections and catching 453 passes for 4,488 yards and 48 touchdowns in 140 games (132 starts).

–Field Level Media

Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots defensive back A.J. Moore (33) tackles New York Giants wide receiver Travis Rudolph (19) with cornerback Jason McCourty (30) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Former Florida State WR Travis Rudolph charged with murder

Former Florida State standout and NFL receiver Travis Rudolph was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on Wednesday after a shooting in Lake Park, Fla.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said it responded to a double shooting in which one male was discovered deceased in West Palm Beach and another male was transported to a nearby hospital.

“Travis Rudolph #ARRESTED for 1st Degree Murder with a Firearm and Attempted First Degree Murder with a Firearm,” the Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter. “Shortly after midnight, we responded to a double shooting in Lake Park. One male was transported to the hospital and another was found deceased in West Palm Beach.”

Overall, there are four charges against the 26-year-old Rudolph. The Sheriff’s Office said Rudolph shot at four people but two individuals were not struck.

Rudoph’s first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.

Shortly after the news circulated of the murder charge, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League announced they released Rudolph.

Rudolph caught 153 passes for 2,311 yards and 18 touchdowns in three seasons at Florida State from 2014-16.

He departed for the NFL after his junior season and went undrafted. Rudolph did see action in seven games (one start) for the New York Giants in 2017 and caught eight passes for 101 yards.

Rudolph was released by the Giants in September of 2018 and was later picked up the Miami Dolphins. He tore his ACL in his first practice and never played in a game for the team.

Rudolph signed with Winnipeg in early 2020 but never played for the CFL team.

–Field Level Media

Sep 27, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) catches a pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings release two-time Pro Bowl TE Kyle Rudolph

The Minnesota Vikings released two-time Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Rudolph on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Rudolph spent 10 seasons with the Vikings since being a second-round pick in the 2011 draft.

“I got so lucky, because — I didn’t just get drafted by some team who ‘had a need at tight end,’” Rudolph wrote in The Players’ Tribune. “I didn’t just get drafted as, like, the nameless, faceless ‘#1 tight end on the board.’ I got drafted by a team that was all set in terms of need … but then drafted me anyway.

“I’ll always remember that: how the Minnesota Vikings wanted me — and wanted to bet on my potential.”

Rudolph caught 453 passes for 4,488 yards and 48 touchdowns in 140 games (132 starts) for Minnesota.

He set career highs of 83 receptions and 840 yards in 2016 and caught a career-best nine touchdowns in 2012. He was a Pro Bowler in 2012 and 2017.

This past season, Rudolph had 28 catches for 334 yards and one score in 12 games.

One of Rudolph’s top moments occurred when he caught the winning touchdown pass in a 26-20 overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC wild-card round on Jan. 5, 2020.

Rudolph’s release was financially driven as he had two seasons remaining on a four-year, $36 million deal. The Vikings reportedly cleared $5.1 million of salary-cap space with the move.

Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer coached Rudolph for the past seven seasons and was eager to hand out praise.

“Kyle has been a leader and mentor for us on and off the field from the first day I arrived in Minnesota,” Zimmer said in a news release.

“He has been such an important part of this team and community throughout his career and it has been an honor to coach him the last seven seasons. He will be missed, and we wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

Rudolph played college football at Notre Dame before the Vikings selected him with the 43rd overall pick.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) hits Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) with his own helmet as offensive guard David DeCastro (66) tries to stop Garrett during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers to start Rudolph in place of resting Roethlisberger vs. Browns

Mason Rudolph was named the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the regular-season finale Sunday.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers felt it was necessary to rest Ben Roethlisberger knowing the Kansas City Chiefs secured a first-round bye last week.

The AFC North champion Steelers (12-3) can’t improve their playoff standing in the Week 17 meeting with the Cleveland Browns. But the Steelers are still vying with the Bills to be the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs. With a win, the Steelers secure the No. 2 seed; a Pittsburgh loss coupled with a win by the Bills pushes Buffalo to the No. 2 spot.

“This is no preseason game,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “The standard is the standard. Our job is to win football games.”

Tomlin said other players might rest but he expects the majority of his first-team offense to play at least some portion of Sunday’s game.

With a win over the Steelers, the Browns would earn a wild-card spot in the AFC playoffs. Their last playoff appearance was in 2002. If the Browns lose Sunday, they would need either a loss by the Colts or a loss by the Titans plus wins for Miami and Baltimore.

Rudolph started against the Browns on Nov. 2019 and was smashed in the head with a helmet by Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett.

Rudolph said the incident was “cowardly, bush league” and Garrett was suspended for the remainder of the 2019 season.

–Field Level Media