QB - PIT
Week 12 Outlook
According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, QB Mason Rudolph is inactive for the Pittsburgh Steelers for Thursday night versus Cleveland.
Rudolph's inactive makes rookie QB Kenny Pickett the backup quarterback behind starter Mitchell Trubisky. If Trubisky were to go down, Pickett would step in as the team's backup. The game could turn run-heavy, though, with the weather expected to be rough.
The Steelers are receiving multiple trade calls from teams looking to acquire Mason Rudolph. The Steelers are reluctant to deal him and are not willing to just give him away, per Tom Pelissero.
Rudolph is the clear cut third quarterback on the Steelers roster. With Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett battling for the starting job, Rudolph would likely only get into a game if both were unavailable. At this point, it is unlikely that Rudolph will provide any fantasy value no matter what team he is on for the start of Week 1.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph is receiving trade interest across the league as he appears to be the odd man out in Pittsburgh.
Rudolph, after receiving praise early in the offseason, now appears to be behind both QB Mitchell Trubisky and Kenny Pickett. The Steelers, according to Rapoport, are willing to listen at the right price as well. Rudolph is likely nothing more than a backup QB at this point in his career, though, and won't provide anything significant in terms of fantasy value to whatever team he is on.
QB Mason Rudolph is being given "almost equal" reps to QB Mitchell Trubisky and has a "great shot" at becoming the starter, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada said in an appearance on 93.7 The Fan.
The Steelers not only brought in Trubisky to presumably be the starter this offseason, but they even drafted QB Kenny Pickett in the first round after the retirement of legendary QB Ben Roethlisberger. If Rudolph were to emerge as the starter, it would be a bit of a surprise. He has the most experience in Pittsburgh's system as he heads into his fourth NFL season as a third-rounder from Oklahoma State. Rudolph is a known commodity in Pittsburgh, not an untested QB. He has gone 5-4-1 with a 13-10 TD-INT ratio in his 10 starts and has only produced a 100-yard receiver twice.
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said that Mason Rudolph would be the team's starting quarterback "if we started a season today."
Colbert also referenced Rudolph's 5-4-1 record as a starter when alluding to the upside he offers down the road. Forced into action from time to time due to Ben Roethlisberger's injuries or COVID-19 absence, Rudolph could be the next man up now that Roethlisberger has retired. The 26-year-old has racked up 2,366 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions over the last three seasons. Pittsburgh will surely explore its options via free agency, the trade market, and the 20th pick in the draft, but it's very possible that Rudolph will be their guy in Week 1 next season. If so, he could be viewed as a low-end QB2 for fantasy purposes.