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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Articles tagged: Mason Rudolph

Ben Roethlisberger texted Mason Rudolph to wish him good luck at minicamp

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger may not agree with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ decision to draft a quarterback in the third round, but he seems to be making an effort to be a good teammate.

Roehtlisberger said recently that he doesn’t understand why the Steelers drafted a QB so early and that he has no interest in playing the role of mentor. Despite those remarks, Mason Rudolph says he received a text from Big Ben this week wishing him luck at rookie minicamp.

While a very small gesture, that indicates Roehtlisberger is not planning to be a total jerk to Rudolph, who has continued to say all of the right things since the Steelers selected him.

For someone who has openly contemplated retirement in recent years, Roethlisberger has seemed awfully offended that the Steelers are planning for the future. You can understand him not wanting to teach Rudolph how to take his job, but there’s a middle ground between “leave me alone” and “here’s everything I know and how I came to know it.”

Mason Rudolph doesn’t blame Ben Roethlisberger for not wanting to mentor

Mason Rudolph

Ben Roethlisberger has indicated that he is not pleased with the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting former Oklahoma State star Mason Rudolph in the third round, and the rookie is handling the comments like a polished veteran.

Roethlisberger said last week that he doesn’t understand why the Steelers drafted a quarterback in the third round, and he implied that he has no interest in playing the role of mentor. Rudolph told NFL Network he would probably react the same way if roles were reversed.

“If I was Ben, I’d probably say the same thing,” Rudolph said, as transcribed by Sean Wagner-McGough of CBSSports.com. “He’s a competitor. Obviously, he has a lot of confidence in himself, like I do. Yeah, he’s going to be a future Hall of Famer and I would expect him to say that.

“So I’m just looking forward to going in there and learning the system, competing, raising my level of play, preparing like I’m the starter even though obviously I won’t be the starter. And just waiting and being prepared for whenever I get my time whenever my time comes, to be ready and take advantage of it.”

Rudolph isn’t going to get anywhere in Pittsburgh by badmouthing Roethlisberger, and he even said after he was drafted that it is “not Ben’s job to teach me anything.” Despite Roethlisberger hinting that he believes the Steelers wasted a draft pick, Rudolph continues to show poise.

Roethlisberger says he is now planning to play as many as five more seasons, which is interesting considering he has openly contemplated retirement in the past. Perhaps the Steelers using an early pick on a QB has helped him rediscover his love for the game.

Ben Roethlisberger questions Steelers drafting Mason Rudolph

Ben Roethlisberger

The next time Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph meet, things could get uncomfortable.

Big Ben was on KDKA’s “Cook and Poni” in Pittsburgh on Friday and questioned why the Pittsburgh Steelers used a third-round pick on the former Oklahoma State quarterback last week. He was surprised they didn’t use the pick on a player who might have an easier path to play and help the team win now.

“I was surprised when they took a quarterback because I thought that maybe in the third round, you can get some really good football players that can help this team now. And nothing against Mason, I think he’s a great football player … I just don’t know how backing up or being the third guy, who knows where he’s going to fall on the depth chart, but helps us win now,” Roethlisberger told the hosts.

Big Ben also is sensitive about the team’s other quarterbacks, Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs, and their roster spots.

“Those two guys are who I feel the worst for,” Roethlisberger offered. “I’ll be honest, I wasn’t worried 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 do feel bad for those guys.”

Roethlisberger openly contemplated retirement last offseason, but now he’s talking about playing another 3-5 years. When he throws around the idea of retiring, he shouldn’t wonder why the Steelers are using picks to potentially find their quarterback of the future. It’s no wonder he’s being defensive now.

Ranking the top 10 quarterback prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft

Baker Mayfield

No position can make or break an NFL team quite like the quarterback. Get yourself a good one, and you almost guarantee yourself a decade of competitiveness. Get yourself a great one, and you probably will end up with a Super Bowl ring.

This year’s NFL Draft class of quarterbacks is loaded with talented prospects. Quarterback-hungry teams are salivating over their chance to land one of them. The question is, which ones from the group are the best? Here’s our rankings for the top 10 quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft class. Keep in mind, it will take several years to determine how this shakes out.

10) Kurt Benkert, Virginia

Originally a quarterback at East Carolina, Benkert transferred to Virginia after tearing his ACL and enjoyed two seasons leading the Cavs. His completion percentage either year wasn’t strong — 56.2 percent as a junior and 58.5 percent as a senior. He opened eyes with his strong play early in the season, and a massive 384-yard, four-touchdown game against Miami. To know what he can do, put on the tape from that game and watch him complete nearly all of his passes and make every throw. Overall, he has a pretty strong arm but lacks the accuracy and athleticism to have a big impact in the NFL.

9) Luke Falk, Washington State

A former walk-on at Washington State, Falk developed into one of the better quarterbacks the program has seen in the past 15 years. He leaves as the Cougars’ all-time passing yardage (14,481) and touchdowns leader (119), as he thrived in Mike Leach’s offense. Falk was only tested in the vertical jump and broad jump at the combine and did not excel at either. He did not participate in the Senior Bowl. Falk completed 68.3 percent of his passes during his career and has shown excellent accuracy. He took advantage of a lot of spacing in his offense thanks to the scheme his team ran.


Mason Rudolph reportedly will not play in Senior Bowl due to foot sprain

Mason Rudolph

Mason Rudolph will not be playing in Saturday’s Senior Bowl due to a foot sprain, according to a report.

The former Oklahoma State quarterback plans to be in Mobile, Ala. for measurements and interviews, but NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says he will not play in the game because of his foot.

Rudolph, who will go down as the best QB in Oklahoma State history, is ranked as the No. 7 QB prospect by Walter Football. They project him to be a third or fourth-round pick. He passed for over 13,000 career yards in college and 92 touchdowns against just 26 interceptions.

Mason Rudolph sends nice farewell note after bowl win

Mason Rudolph

Mason Rudolph sent a nice farewell note on social media after his college football career came to a close following Oklahoma State’s win over Virginia Tech on Thursday.

The Cowboys’ senior quarterback thanked the fans for “an unforgettable four years” and said he was honored to represent the program.

Rudolph went 21 of 32 for 352 yards and two touchdowns in the 30-21 win over the Hokies. He led the Cowboys to three straight 10-3 seasons and goes down as the best quarterback in school history. He holds school records for passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions, attempts, rating, and many more marks. He’ll be regarded quite well in Oklahoma State history.

Each bowl game’s most important player

Baker Mayfield

Late December and early January are heaven for college football fans. We’re set to watch 38 bowl games, plus the College Football Playoff, all in the span of three weeks. Many of these games are exciting matchups between quality teams, and one key player could make the difference in all of them.

Here’s a look at the most important player to watch in each of this season’s slate of bowl games.

Celebration Bowl — Lamar Raynard, QB, North Carolina A&T

Raynard is without a doubt one of the best players in the country you’ve probably never heard of. The junior quarterback led the Aggies to an undefeated season that they’ll be looking to cap off with a win over Grambling State. Raynard is the catalyst, having thrown for 2,707 yards and 26 touchdowns in 11 games thus far this season. NC A&T just produced a dynamic NFL player in Tarik Cohen. Perhaps Raynard could follow in his footsteps.

New Orleans Bowl — Brandon Silvers, QB, Troy

A four-year starter at quarterback, Silvers will be playing the final game of his career at the Superdome. He’s statistically one of the nation’s most accomplished quarterbacks, having thrown for 67 touchdowns and over 10,000 yards in his career. He’ll surpass 3,000 yards passing in this game for the second consecutive season, and he’ll want his sendoff to be a fitting one as he closes out his career.

Cure Bowl — Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky