Mason Rudolph
Mason Rudolph is making strides at training camp. (Karl Roser/Pittsburgh Steelers)

Earlier in training camp, Mason Rudolph expressed his confidence in the Pittsburgh Steelers roster. Now the Pittsburgh Steelers have shown their faith in him. Coming into the offseason, many people were unsure Mason Rudolph was a starting-caliber quarterback. Fans were not even sure if the Steelers wanted to keep Rudolph on the roster. However, he has shown significant improvement this offseason. Steelers’ General Manager Kevin Colbert had this to say about Mason Rudolph’s development in training camp this year.

“Mason, he looks like a veteran. He’s still developing. He’s making some good decisions, he’s getting the ball out. He is continuing to grow, much like Devin Bush is at the linebacker spot. So you feel a little more comfort level there.”

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert

It is very high praise, especially when comparing him to second-year linebacker Devin Bush in terms of growth. Pittsburgh selected Bush with their first-round pick in 2019. Since then, he has been a force to be reckoned with on the defensive side of the ball. It is even possible that Devin Bush surpasses Ryan Shazier, in terms of skill at the linebacker position, in this second year in the NFL. If GM Kevin Colbert is comparing Mason Rudolph’s growth to that of Devin Bush, then we may see a completely new Mason Rudolph in 2020 and beyond.

In 2019, Mason Rudolph completed 176 of 283 passes for 1765 yards, throwing 12 TDs to nine INTs. Via Pro Football Reference, he threw an on-target ball 71.4% of the time, and suffering 16 dropped passes last year. The numbers are comparable to Tom Brady’s 2019 season, where Brady threw an on-target pass 73.1% of the time. Kyler Murray and Gardner Minshew also threw for similar on-target percentages. They threw at 73.5% and 73.6%, respectively. If Rudolph can improve upon this stat, on par with Murray and Minshew then, he should be able to replace the aging Big Ben when his time arrives.