Former Vols QB Josh Dobbs Working With Steelers’ Third Team Offense

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 29: Joshua Dobbs
COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 29: Joshua Dobbs /

Former Tennessee Vols quarterback Josh Dobbs was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Josh Dobbs, who was the Tennessee Vols‘ full time starter his final two seasons in Knoxville, drew a lot of unfair comparisons to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott prior to the 2017 NFL Draft.

Everyone is always in search of the “next big thing” and a lot of folks thought it could be Dobbs in 2017.

Unfortunately for the former Vol, it doesn’t look like he’s going to have the same opportunity as Prescott.

Dobbs, like Prescott, was drafted by a team with a veteran starter that’s among the upper echelon of quarterbacks in the league. But unlike Prescott, Dobbs is working as the third quarterback during training camp.

This isn’t a surprise at all. And it’s really not an indictment of Dobbs’ abilities or skills.

Landry Jones, who is working as Ben Roethlisberger’s primary backup, has been with the Steelers since 2013. He knows the system and if something were to happen to Roethlisberger, he would undoubtedly be the best player to lead Pittsburgh’s offense.

Dobbs working as the third team quarterback is exactly what he should be doing right now. He was a fourth round draft pick. Those guys don’t typically come into camp and walk into a backup role.

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That’s not to say that Dobbs isn’t capable of earning a backup role, he very well may do that at some point this season.

For now, however, Dobbs will have to continue to work to give the Steelers a reason to move him up the depth chart past Landry Jones.