Dwayne Haskins to push Mason Rudolph for Pittsburgh Steelers No. 2 QB job?

If we were to tell you a year ago today that Dwayne Haskins would be starting the third quarter of a preseason game for the Pittsburgh Steelers, you would have laughed us out of the room.

That’s where we are at with the 2021 NFL preseason getting going. The former first-round pick of the Washington Football Team has been impressive thus far in his first training camp with the Steelers.

Haskins was able to see that translate to live-game action against the Dallas Cowboys in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game Thursday evening.

With Pittsburgh down 3-0 to open the second half, Dwayne Haskins led the team on a five-play, 33-yard touchdown-scoring drive that was capped off by a four-yard touchdown run from Kalen Ballage.

The initial touchdown-scoring drive of the preseason was set up by a 34-yard punt return from Mathew Sexton.

However, Haskins continues to be the story for Pittsburgh. Claimed off waivers after being let go by Washington following disastrous tenure in the nation’s capital, the 2019 first-round pick is on the verge of creating competition for the No. 2 job behind Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh.

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Can Dwayne Haskins beat out Mason Rudolph?

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Jul 22, 2021; Pittsburgh, PA, United States; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins (3) participates in training camp at the Rooney UPMC Sports Performance Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It seems highly unlikely at this point. Pittsburgh somehow believes that Rudolph could be the heir-apparent to Big Ben despite the former Oklahoma State star failing to show anything of substance in his brief time on the field.

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Sure Haskins’ numbers on that touchdown-scoring drive were not great. He completed just 2-of-5 passes for 29 yards while gaining four yards on two rushes. But this seems to be extension of what we’ve heard from Steelers training camp. At the very least, it will be interesting to see how these two perform in the final three preseason games.

For now, it appears that Dwayne Haskins’ career could be on the right trajectory after some major struggles in D.C.