Clayton: It's Haskins job to lose at QB2

The NFL Insider says that unless he screw up big time on Friday, Haskins will be out Rudolph

With Mason Rudolph taking a majority of the first team snaps when Ben Roethlisberger isn’t around, it would seem like he’s a lock for the QB2 position when the regular season starts.

But that isn’t what NFL insider John Clayton thinks.

The Braddock native tells The PM Team that it’s Haskins’ job to lose the primary backup position.

“He’s certainly more talented than Mason Rudolph,” said Clayton. “Mason Rudolph wasn’t a first round pick, Haskins was . . . and he’s starting to show he can do it and he certainly got the confidence of Mike Tomlin.”

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Clayton believes that it would be a big collapse starting against the Carolina Panthers on Friday for him to loss the second spot.

“I think it’s pretty well set, unless he really screws up, he will get the backup job,” added Clayton.

While Haskins struggled in Washington, Clayton says the change of scenery has been good for him so far.

“A lot of times what happens is if you’re drafted in the first round and particularly if you get drafted pretty high, you’re drafted pretty much by a bad football team and you can’t necessarily turn that around, well the Steelers aren’t a bad football team, they’re talented, they’re a perennial playoff contender and so it’s you go to a better team and things seem to work out,” said Clayton.

But ESPN’s Brooke Pryor disagrees that it’s Haskins’ backup job to lose.

She tells Poni and Mueller, “why would you rest (Rudolph this Saturday against Carolina), I think if this were still a competition . . .
you would want to see each guy get as many reps as possible.”

While Pryor believes Haskins is in more of a  competition with Josh Dobbs  than Rudolph, there is a chance Haskins plays unbelievably well against the Panthers (like how Dobbs beat out Landry Jones for a spot a few seasons ago) and becomes QB2.

“Maybe Dwayne Haskins comes out and throws for 300 yards and four touchdowns in the first half,” said Pryor before behind interrupted by Poni and Mueller who said they would rush to the studio to do a show.

“Short of that, I’m not seeing that,” add Pryor. “I think that it’s maybe too little, too late.”

Featured Image Photo Credit: Mason Rudolph, Dwayne Haskins, Josh Dobbs