Mason Rudolph proved to be a solid, if uninspiring, backup quarterback during the 2019 season, but Pittsburgh Steelers fans probably want a passer with a much higher ceiling behind Ben Roethlisberger.
That passer could be Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen, who was ranked as a consistently better prospect out of UCLA than Rudolph was at Oklahoma State in 2018. After the Tua Tagovailoa selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, Miami has been fielding calls on the former No. 10 overall pick.
Report: Dolphins have received calls about Josh Rosen https://t.co/3OoemNxDpL
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 21, 2020
A fifth-round pick might be all it takes to steal Rosen away from Miami.
Rosen struggled with the Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals, leading to the selections of Tua and Kyler Murray as his replacements, but a lot of his struggles can be attributed to factors outside of his control.
Rosen played behind horrible offensive lines, two rookie head coaches in Steve Wilks and Brian Flores, has dealt with three offensive coordinators in two seasons, and has thrown the ball to receivers that won’t exactly be confused for Jerry Rice anytime soon given their poor hands.
With a tremendous offensive line in Pittsburgh, JuJu Smith-Schuster at wide receiver, and Mike Tomlin on the sidelines, Rosen’s superb arm talent can finally shine with some stability around him.
Josh Rosen dropped TD Pt 2 (Preston Williams) pic.twitter.com/p932AyJ8lZ
— BrianCatNFL (@BrianCatNFL) September 16, 2019
Rosen has essentially been fed to the wolves during his two years as a pro QB, but Pittsburgh would be the best situation he has been in since his college days at UCLA.