Hold off on the succession plan for Ben Roethlisberger. Don’t anoint Mason Rudolph just yet.
In a not entirely-unexpected development, Rudolph didn’t open training camp as the Steelers’ No. 2 quarterback - and the hyped third-round pick wasn’t even third-string either.
Rudolph’s reps at his first NFL camp practice came after those of Roethlisberger, veteran backup Landry Jones and last year’s fourth-round pick, Josh Dobbs. Rudolph didn’t even get a practice rep until at least the third drill of the practice at Saint Vincent.
And when Rudolph did get one, it didn’t go well. During that first drill, an attempted pass looked like something out of a blooper reel and landed harmlessly behind him after he tried to release it while rolling out to the right.
Late in practice, Rudolph also misfired badly on a short throw to an open Pharoah McKever over the middle.
It wasn’t all bad for Rudolph, though; he did have completions. And it was only one practice; Rudolph was largely receiving rave reviews for his work as a rookie at organized team activities and mini-camp this spring.