Ben Roethlisberger 'Surprised' Steelers Drafted Mason Rudolph, Won't Mentor QB

  • Ben Roethlisberger 'Surprised' Steelers Drafted Mason Rudolph, Won't Mentor QB

Ben Roethlisberger 'Surprised' Steelers Drafted Mason Rudolph, Won't Mentor QB

"I was kind of caught off guard, but teams have reasons for doing things".

"I was surprised when they took a quarterback because I thought that maybe in the third round, you know you can get some really good football players that can help this team now", Roethlisberger said, via ESPN.

He went on to say that he's not anxious about his job security but he does feel bad for Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs, the other two quarterbacks on the roster. "I'll be honest, I wasn't anxious about (Rudolph) coming and taking my job". I feel confident that I can go out and beat whoever I need to beat out for my job. I'm just looking forward to going in there and learning the system, competing and raising my level of play.

"I wanted them to know so they wouldn't have to worry about drafting a quarterback", he said.

For the second season in a row, the Pittsburgh Steelers took a quarterback relatively high in the draft. Dobbs did not play in a regular-season game as a rookie fourth-round pick out of Tennessee. Roethlisberger was speaking on his radio show where his criticism of teammates and coaches often passes without follow-up questions. I assume Landry's still the No. 2. "I don't really know". He was asked in particular about Dobbs since the Steelers used a fourth-round pick to take Dobbs in last year's draft.

"If it's not the most talented, it's one of the top two and not only the guys that are already there, but the guys like James Washington they are going to add to that group and obviously myself at some point". " Roethlisberger said. "Or was he not as good as they thought?"

Roethlisberger has two years left on his contract, and team president Art Rooney II said this offseason that the team is prepared to discuss a contract extension with the quarterback. Roethlisberger also was confused by the move based upon his message to the team about his commitment to keep playing. "If they feel he can help our team, so be it, but I was a little surprised".

"Once they drafted a quarterback in the third, I wasn't sure if they believed me or not", Roethlisberger continued. However, it appears the selection of the talented Rudolph, and the fact that he recently turned 36 years old, has put a battery in his back.

Roethlisberger appeared in 15 games for the team past year, throwing for 4,251 yards on 360-for-561 passing with 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.