Former Vols QB Josh Dobbs Is Doing What Most Expected So Far During Training Camp

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Joshua Dobbs
KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Joshua Dobbs /

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

Josh Dobbs is already one of the more beloved Vols in recent memory, but if he can put together a solid NFL career, he’ll be even more loved by Tennessee fans.

Dobbs is in an interesting situation with the Pittsburgh Steelers. There’s no guarantee that starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will play past the 2017 season. And the current backup quarterback, Landry Jones, probably isn’t going to be Pittsburgh’s franchise quarterback.

That means Dobbs has an opportunity to potentially audition to be the heir to Roethlisberger.

So far, Dobbs is doing basically what we all thought he’d do — he’s impressing at times and then making you scratch your head at other times.

From ESPN:

"Great-to-bad sequence for rookie Josh Dobbs: Connected on two sideline passes down the field consecutively, one to Williams and another to Smith-Schuster on a pretty deep out. A few plays later, he threw a pick-six to Arthur Moats. Overall, Dobbs has been predictably uneven. He also threw a wobbly deep ball earlier in practice. But he seems to bounce back well from mistakes."

This is exactly what we saw from Dobbs at Tennessee. Sometimes, we’d see Dobbs make incredible throws, right on the money, at the moment the Volunteers needed a big play in the worst way. Or we’d see him make a play with his legs that just left you speechless.

Then other times, we’d see Dobbs completely under or over throw a receiver, or turn the ball over.

It’s clear that Dobbs has the talent to be a solid player in the NFL. He has a good arm, and he’s definitely one of the smartest players in the league.

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But he’s going to have to start being consistent if he wants to have a chance to be the Steelers’ starting quarterback after future hall of famer Ben Roethlisberger retires.