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In January, the Steelers picked up a leaflet about the 2019 Washington football team’s first-round pick Dwayne Haskins. While Haskins wasn’t the first Pittsburgh quarterback to take snaps on Thursday, he could have a legitimate chance to knock down Rudolph as a Roethlisberger replacement.
Haskins reclaimed Pittsburgh’s fourth possession and played until the third quarter. He finished 8 of 13 for just 54 yards, but more importantly, he looked comfortable in coordinator Matt Canada’s offense and led two scoring campaigns.
Rudolph finished 6 of 9 for 84 yards, but fumbled once and got no points on the board.
While Haskins wasn’t statistically impressive on Thursday, he didn’t play the mistake-filled football he made in Washington. It continued a trend that started at the start of training camp.
“Haskins was surprisingly good,” wrote The Athletic’s Mark Kably. “He has yet to have a day where he has shown some of the problems that have arisen in Washington over the past two years. He’s the Steelers’ top passer and his accuracy and decision making have been good. “
If Haskins can continue to build on what he did on Thursday and what he did at camp, he may well work himself in the Pittsburgh quarterback’s long-term plans.