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— Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph exudes confidence heading into his first NFL preseason game Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rudolph admitted that jitters may be there as the Steelers prepare to face the defending Super Bowl champions in Philadelphia. But the Steelers’ third-round pick has settled into a comfort zone two weeks into training camp.
“It’s just football Authentic Customized Jets Jerseys ,” Rudolph said. “I think everyone has a little bit of nerves because it’s going to be the first one back. But just like your debut in college, you get out there, you make a completion and it starts flowing like football has always been.”
Rudolph is in a fight for the backup quarterback spot behind Ben Roethlisberger. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Rudolph will see time under center against the Eagles, along with veteran Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs, the Steelers’ fourth-round pick a year ago.
Tomlin is eager to see how Rudolph can direct the offense and maintain possession.
“Mason’s done a really good job, but he hasn’t been hit,” Tomlin said. “Ball security is much more difficult in-stadium because a training camp environment is controlled in a lot of ways. You don’t touch or get close to the quarterback, so a quarterback’s ability to secure the football doesn’t get tested until they play in-stadium preseason football.”
Rudolph will have an opportunity to show how far he’s come since the Steelers traded up to select the Oklahoma State star with the 76th overall pick, the highest the organization has taken a quarterback since Roethlisberger was the 11th overall selection in 2004.
During spring practices, Rudolph impressed, but he also missed a couple center-quarterback exchanges after working almost exclusively out of the shotgun both in high school and at Oklahoma State.
“We cleaned it up for the most part,” Rudolph said. “I’m just starting to feel a lot more comfortable under center after not doing it the last eight years of my life.”
Rudolph also had an inauspicious start at training camp when he ran a bootleg to the right and fumbled his first pass attempt backward. That gaffe is far from Rudolph’s mind.
“I could (not) care less about the first pass Shaquem Griffin Jersey Seahawks ,” Rudolph said. “I have a lot of first passes. I had my first pass in OTAs and rookie minicamp. I’m thinking about the next pass. If one play goes bad, the next play can be the one that wins it, or gets you back in the game.”
Rudolph has found his groove after a rocky first week at camp. The rookie looked comfortable and crisp while running the two-minute offense at the end of a practice last week. Rudolph finished the drill an efficient 5 of 6 for 52 yards, which included a practice-ending 14-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Jaylen Samuels.
“I just want to progress,” Rudolph said. “You obviously dream about playing in the NFL, but once you get here, you take it one day at a time. I think that’s the way I’ve approached practice and it has gone well.
“I’m just focused on completing passes and making sure I’m taking mental steps forward every day.”
The next step forward for Rudolph will be into a NFL stadium for his preseason debut — against an opposing defense.
“You’re playing your own team every single day and you get frustrated because they start to learn your calls, they’re cheating on your install sheet, printing your stuff out and trying to game plan against you,” Rudolph said. “And then you get out there in a game and it’s easy because those guys are scared, they’re all tight, they want to be in their spots Youth Mike McGlinchey Jersey , they don’t want to get yelled at by their coach, and you end up scoring points and driving down the field. That’s the way I feel this will go.”
NOTES: Tomlin said Roethlisberger won’t play Thursday against Philadelphia. . Wide receiver Antonio Brown missed practice again Tuesday, but he worked out alone on an adjoining field. He will miss Thursday’s game along with LBs Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt, and TE Vance McDonald.
The Carolina Hurricanes changed owners this season. They’ll soon have a new general manager. Perhaps a new coach, too.
What didn’t change was how early another yet offseason started.
Missing the playoffs for the ninth straight season, the Hurricanes finished up with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.
”It’s disappointing – obviously, we wanted to be in the playoffs and we were expecting big things out of our hockey club this year and fell short,” veteran goalie Cam Ward said.
Carolina’s playoff drought is the longest in team history, the longest active drought in the NHL and only the fourth of nine or more seasons in the history of the league.
The Colorado-New Jersey franchise also missed out from 1979-87, while the Florida Panthers (2001-11) and Edmonton Oilers (2007-17) went a league-record 10 seasons between playoff appearances.
So, either way, the Hurricanes will make history in 2018-19.
”I know we have a good group of guys and we just need to put it all together B.J. Hill Jersey Elite ,” forward Justin Williams said. ”When you don’t win, you don’t stay together. So there’s probably some things that will be different, but you’ve got to keep pushing forward.”
Some things to know about the Hurricanes’ disappointing 2017-18 season, and a look to ’18-19:
TIPPING POINT: The official, mathematical elimination came a week before the season finale, in the 79th game of the season for the third straight year, but things went awry in the months before that. The Hurricanes lost 3-1 to San Jose in February, missing a chance to move into playoff position, and after that game, coach Bill Peters repeatedly called his team out. He repeatedly used the word ”disappointing” and promised lineup changes, saying ”you can’t put that group out again after that.” In their next game, the Hurricanes put pretty much the same group out again.
BIGGEST MOVE: The most significant acquisition was not of a player – but of a new owner. Dallas businessman Tom Dundon bought a majority interest in the team from longtime owner Peter Karmanos Jr. in January. Now as he enters his first offseason as a pro sports owner Redskins Da'Ron Payne Jersey , the question becomes, what sorts of moves are coming?
NEW GM: Before the Hurricanes can get too involved in retooling their roster, they have to settle on who’s in charge of that project after Dundon’s midseason removal of Ron Francis as general manager. The Hall of Fame player stockpiled draft picks during his three-plus seasons but was criticized for a lack of moves to help the current club. Without question, the top priority for Dundon this offseason is picking his replacement.
COACH SITUATION: Peters, who was hired by Francis in 2014, is entering the fourth and final year of his contract. Now that Francis has been reassigned to another position within the organization, it’s fair to wonder if the new GM will want his own guy behind the bench.
LASTING IMAGE OF 2017-18: The day after that fateful loss to the Sharks, Peters wrapped up a morning skate by posing a question to his team on a dry-erase board mounted on the glass. The message read: ”Who are we? 29 games to find out.” Two months later, the question was answered: Not a playoff team. Again.
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