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Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph exudes confidence heading into his first NFL preseason game Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rudolph admitted that jitters may be there as the Steelers prepare to face the defending Super Bowl champions in Philadelphia. But the Steelers' third-round pick has settled into a comfort zone two weeks into training camp.
"It's just football Redskins Elite Jerseys ," Rudolph said. "I think everyone has a little bit of nerves because it's going to be the first one back. But just like your debut in college, you get out there, you make a completion and it starts flowing like football has always been."
Rudolph is in a fight for the backup quarterback spot behind Ben Roethlisberger. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Rudolph will see time under center against the Eagles, along with veteran Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs, the Steelers' fourth-round pick a year ago.
Tomlin is eager to see how Rudolph can direct the offense and maintain possession.
"Mason's done a really good job, but he hasn't been hit," Tomlin said. "Ball security is much more difficult in-stadium because a training camp environment is controlled in a lot of ways. You don't touch or get close to the quarterback, so a quarterback's ability to secure the football doesn't get tested until they play in-stadium preseason football."
Rudolph will have an opportunity to show how far he's come since the Steelers traded up to select the Oklahoma State star with the 76th overall pick, the highest the organization has taken a quarterback since Roethlisberger was the 11th overall selection in 2004.
During spring practices, Rudolph impressed, but he also missed a couple center-quarterback exchanges after working almost exclusively out of the shotgun both in high school and at Oklahoma State.
"We cleaned it up for the most part," Rudolph said. "I'm just starting to feel a lot more comfortable under center after not doing it the last eight years of my life."
Rudolph also had an inauspicious start at training camp when he ran a bootleg to the right and fumbled his first pass attempt backward. That gaffe is far from Rudolph's mind.
"I could (not) care less about the first pass," Rudolph said. "I have a lot of first passes. I had my first pass in OTAs and rookie minicamp. I'm thinking about the next pass. If one play goes bad, the next play can be the one that wins it Thomas Rawls Color Rush Jersey , or gets you back in the game."
Rudolph has found his groove after a rocky first week at camp. The rookie looked comfortable and crisp while running the two-minute offense at the end of a practice last week. Rudolph finished the drill an efficient 5 of 6 for 52 yards, which included a practice-ending 14-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Jaylen Samuels.
"I just want to progress," Rudolph said. "You obviously dream about playing in the NFL, but once you get here, you take it one day at a time. I think that's the way I've approached practice and it has gone well.
"I'm just focused on completing passes and making sure I'm taking mental steps forward every day."
The next step forward for Rudolph will be into a NFL stadium for his preseason debut 鈥?against an opposing defense.
"You're playing your own team every single day and you get frustrated because they start to learn your calls, they're cheating on your install sheet, printing your stuff out and trying to game plan against you," Rudolph said. "And then you get out there in a game and it's easy because those guys are scared, they're all tight, they want to be in their spots, they don't want to get yelled at by their coach, and you end up scoring points and driving down the field. That's the way I feel this will go."
NOTES: Tomlin said Roethlisberger won't play Thursday against Philadelphia. . Wide receiver Antonio Brown missed practice again Tuesday, but he worked out alone on an adjoining field. He will miss Thursday's game along with LBs Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt, and TE Vance McDonald.
— Two hours of practice in the heat and humidity weren’t enough for Pete Robertson.
As dripping teammates slowly ambled to the locker room and showers Sunday Ryan Jensen Jersey Elite , Robertson lined up on one sideline and sprinted across the field to the other sideline. Then and back, over and over again, for extra conditioning.
As the linebacker tries to make it all the way back from a debilitating back injury that threatened to take football away for good, he’s leaving nothing to chance as he tries to make the Washington Redskins.
“It’s been a long journey,” he said.
A very effective pass rusher at Texas Tech, Robertson figured to be drafted before he herniated a disk in his back while working out before the draft. The injury led to a pinched nerve, and after Robertson insisted on running at his Pro Day workout for scouts, he never heard his name called during the NFL draft.
He signed a free agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks, but didn’t stick, and had been working the graveyard shift loading trucks at UPS for three months when his agent called. The Redskins were interested.
Before hanging up, Robertson told him, “‘They aren’t ever going to let me go’ and I’ve been here ever since.”
And more and more, he seems likely to stick around for a while.
“Petey has been unbelievable,” fifth-year coach Jay Gruden said before a recent practice. “Yeah Cheap Marcus Davenport Jersey , he’s been great. Very, very athletic, and you’re talking about a guy that can possibly help on special teams, as your fourth or fifth linebacker, and he’s one because he can run.”
When the Redskins signed Robertson last December, they initially used him at running back on the scout team because of a need there. He got in four games and made two tackles late in the season. A defensive end in college, the team has since tried him at inside linebacker, Gruden said, but “that wasn’t quite his cup of tea.”
“We moved him back down as an outside linebacker/defensive end in nickel. He’s done very, very well.”
And made an impression on teammates with his willingness to work.
“You know, when we had a lot of guys down and out, he got a lot of reps and you could see the burst that he has and the speed,” offensive tackle Morgan Moses said. “He brings another aspect to the game and he works hard, man.
“There’s not one thing you tell him to do that he’s not going to do it. You tell him to go get some water 50 yards down the field Authentic Tracy Walker Jersey , he’s going to run and get water 50 yards down the field. He just has that mentality.”
It’s an appreciation of a second chance Robertson wasn’t sure he’d get.
The thought that football might be in his past “went through my mind every night, every morning,” he said. “Before I went to bed, when I woke up. … I knew it wasn’t the end of the road for me. I knew it wasn’t. I never gave up on the dream, but you always have that thought in the back of your mind: ‘Is this it?'”
In the offseason, Robertson added back the 30 pounds he’d lost while away from the game during day-long weekday workouts with his cousin, Redskins star left tackle Trent Williams. Williams was rehabbing after a right knee injury, and Robertson knew he had to make a big impression once the Redskins opened training camp.
So far, he’s doing just that, and enjoying it every step of the way.
“I wouldn’t trade it for nothing,” he said.
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