The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Joshua Dobbs to a 4-year rookie contract.
Dobbs, a 6’3, 216-lbs quarterback was taken 135th overall by the Steelers with the 29th pick in the 4th round.
In his senior year at Tennessee Dobbs managed 2,946 yards and 27 touchdowns passing, along with 831 yards and 12 touchdowns running. His career high 12 interceptions left some room for major improvement from the young quarterback however.
Dobbs' game has drawn some criticism from other NFL general managers, who passed on drafting him in earlier rounds. The Steelers were ready to take the chance on the young quarterback, and apparently have liked what they've seen so far.
“He has a lot of strengths,” Randy Fichtner, Pittsburgh’s quarterback coach said of Dobbs. “A lot of people are going to talk about his above the neck. I think one of the things that happens when you get to meet the guys, and spend time during the process, you get a chance to feel their love for the game. This is a very sharp young man that loves football.”
Dobbs already seems comfortable with the Steelers, saying “There are a lot of similarities, being able to come up to Pittsburgh. It’s similar plays and lingo that I was familiar with at the college level, similar progressions. Of course, the Steelers are going to draw up different plays for different people, get Antonio Brown the ball. But at the end of the day, it’s similar progressions, similar thought process that goes into being successful at quarterback.”
Dobbs had an impressive college career, but has no delusions that he’s going to have to get even better if he wants to last in the NFL: “Of course there is going to be a learning curve and whatever you have to do to make yourself polished at the professional level, but it’s still in the same category of the stuff I have been doing at the college level, so I feel better prepared to make that jump successfully.”
Dobbs will likely fill out the Steelers depth chart, and will be chasing Landry Jones for the backup position to Ben Roethlisberger. Dobbs is considered a bit of a work-in-progress who will hopefully benefit from working with the Steelers coaching staff and legends like Roethlisberger.
Source: Steelers.com · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS