Every NFL season sees a bunch of quarterbacks take the field. Some become elite superstars like Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and Joe Burrow. Some are really good like Kirk Cousins, Russell Wilson, and Trevor Lawrence. And finally, some turn out to not live up to expectations like Zach Wilson, Mac Jones, and Daniel Jones. But one player who has changed everyone's view of him is Steelers' quarterback Mason Rudolph.
Mason Rudolph Has Plenty Of Experience
Mason Rudolph was drafted in the third round in 2018 by the Pittsburgh Steelers. After a season-ending injury to Big Ben in the 2019 NFL season, Rudolph was named starter. He started eight games for Pittsburgh going 5-3, throwing for 1,795 yards, 13 touchdowns to nine interceptions. After the Steelers finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs, Rudolph only got two starts before this year, the last being a 16-16 tie with the Detroit Lions in 2021.
Rudolph was not given much of a fair chance to compete with 2022 first-round pick Kenny Pickett on the roster, but after Pickett's injury and the poor performance by Mitch Trubisky, the former Oklahoma State quarterback has gotten his chance again and has been a blessing for Pittsburgh. Rudolph has thrown for only two touchdowns, but the Steelers offense has been a lot better with Mason under center. George Pickens has finally gotten the targets he wanted and has been one of the top receivers over the last two weeks. Most importantly, the team is 2-0 under Rudolph.
Many Teams Could Be Interested In Rudolph
With that being said, could the 28-year-old look for a new home in the off-season? With his contract expiring and Kenny Pickett expected to retain his starting role in 2024, could Rudolph be starting for a new team by September? While he won't likely get a big payday, he could gain interest from many teams considering how important the backup position has been this season due to injuries.
Some teams that could sign Mason Rudolph include the Minnesota Vikings, Las Vegas Raiders, New England Patriots, and Atlanta Falcons. Minnesota's Kirk Cousins will likely test free agency and with the struggles in his absence, the Vikings could look to sign Rudolph to take over for Cousins or even mentor a rookie. The same could go for the New England Patriots, who could also sign Rudolph to a mentorship role as well.
Wherever Mason Rudolph goes in 2024, he should be given a chance as he has given a spark to the Pittsburgh Steelers offense, which needed it to get back into the playoff chase.
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