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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Dobbs has never been cut from a team in his life Kentavius Street Color Rush Jersey , no matter the sport. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback understands the streak is in jeopardy due to the indelicate politics that come with putting together an NFL roster.

It’s a reality Dobbs can live with if he has to. Then again, after throwing for a touchdown and running for another in a 39-24 preseason victory over Carolina on Thursday night, Dobbs made a compelling case to stick around — be it in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in the league.

“I don’t really get too nervous,” Dobbs said. “I don’t really play that game. I know it’s a stressful time. I’ll just let it play itself out. That’s all I can do. I know it’s not really in my hands. I feel like I’ve played well. Played strong.”

Dobbs, fighting for one of the backup jobs behind Ben Roethlisberger, vaulted into the end zone for a 3-yard scoring run to cap Pittsburgh’s first drive. He added a 27-yard strike to Tevin Jones later in the opening quarter and finished 8 of 12 for 151 yards to cap an impressive training camp.

“I think it’s night and day from this season to last season,” said Dobbs, a fourth-round pick in 2017. “Just in total command and understanding of the offense and then being able to go out and make plays on the field. Throughout the preseason, I was able to make plays when I was given my opportunity. It shows in my command, I think it shows in my play and in how the offense was able to move up and down the field.”

It just might not be enough for Dobbs to stick around.

Dobbs, veteran Landry Jones and rookie Mason Rudolph are all vying for a backup spot behind Ben Roethlisberger. Jones, who has played well while filling in for Roethlisberger over the last three seasons, is likely safe. So too is Rudolph, a third-round pick this spring who came on for Dobbs late in the first half on Thursday and threw for a pair of touchdowns of his own.

The Steelers (3-1) could keep all four quarterbacks when rosters are trimmed to 53 on Saturday, then perhaps deal one of the backups — Dobbs being the best candidate — to add depth elsewhere.

While Dobbs stressed he loves Pittsburgh, he insisted he’s not going to lose sleep trying to figure out the various scenarios.

“You have to focus on the task at hand, focus on the process and focus on what you can control and just keep hitting the wall,” Dobbs said. “It will break at some point.”


The quarterback math isn’t quite so complicated for the Panthers (3-1). Taylor Heincke and Garrett Gilbert have spent the last six weeks trying to gain some separation in the fight to back up Cam Newton.

Heincke started the finale and moved the ball, going 7 of 12 for 68 yards and a 6-yard touchdown to Mose Frazier. Gilbert came on in the second quarter and was 4 of 7 for 23 yards. Rookie Kyle Allen played the entire second half … iwe-jersey , completing 25 of 35 passes for 250 yards and a score.

“I think there are some good things,” Rivera said. “It’s tough when you are not playing with everybody, but we know that going in, it was going to be tough. And we’ll take a look at that and we will evaluate. We’ll come to a conclusion in the next couple days.”


Pittsburgh wide receiver Ryan Switzer capped a frantic 72-hour stretch by returning one punt for 9 yards and averaging 21.5 yards on two kickoff returns. Switzer — acquired from Oakland on Monday to bolster the Steelers’ return game — also saw a handful of snaps at receiver but was not targeted.


Panthers: RB Elijah Hood (lower body) was hurt on the opening kickoff and did not return.

Steelers: S Malik Golden (knee) was carted off the field in the fourth quarter. Golden was also hurt in the 2017 preseason finale against Carolina. WR Damoun Patterson (turf toe), LB Keith Kelsey (pectoral) and LB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (hamstring) also left with injuries.


There were no protests by players on either team during the national anthem.


Panthers: Welcome Dallas to Bank of America Stadium for the season opener on Sept. 9.

Steelers: Open at Cleveland for the second straight season when they visit the Browns on Sept. 9.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — One thing rookie Josh Rosen will certainly bring to his first start as an NFL quarterback is confidence. He has that in abundance.

“I think a lot of times, an attitude and confidence and persistence, I think that’s good in times when things aren’t going too great, like this,” he said Wednesday. “At least fake it until you make it.”

Off to an 0-3 start under new coach Steve Wilks, the Cardinals are in dire need of a shot of adrenaline going into Sunday’s home game against Seattle, and Wilks believes Rosen can provide it.

“I think he has a lot of confidence, and you saw that when he went into the game this past week,” Wilks said after the team’s first practice with Rosen as the starter. “You see it each and every day when he’s out there, particularly today. The guy does a tremendous job commanding the huddle. Guys respect him. You can tell they’re feeding off his energy. So, I just want him to go in there, relax and have fun. It’s still football.”

Wilks benched starter Sam Bradford late in Sunday’s 16-14 loss to Chicago and gave Rosen his first NFL experience. Rosen completed 4 of 7 passes for 36 yards in his brief time on the field and was intercepted. He had another interception run back for a touchdown but it was nullified by an offside penalty against the Bears.

Still, Wilks saw enough to give Rosen the start for the sputtering offense, which ranks last in the NFL in most statistical categories.

Now all four of the first four quarterbacks chosen in this year’s draft are starting. Rosen was reminded of his well-traveled statement that he’d show those who picked quarterbacks ahead of him what a big mistake they had made. Rosen went at No. 10 overall.

“We’ll see how it all turns out Youth Mikko Koivu Jersey ,” Rosen said Wednesday, “but right now I’m just really excited to be playing this week. Hopefully, I can back up all of what I said.”

Rookie wide receiver Christian Kirk has known Rosen since high school. He was asked what kind of guy Rosen is.

“He’s different. He’s one of a kind,” Kirk said. “But he’s competitive. He competes at everything he does. Even when he was taking reps on the scout team, he was out there making plays and just competing, just having fun with football.”

The problems for the offense certainly go far beyond quarterback play. The offensive line has been weak and the running game virtually nonexistent.

Running back David Johnson, the NFL leader in yards from scrimmage two seasons ago, has 116 yards in 34 carries over three games, an average of 3.4 yards per carry. He’s caught another 10 passes for 63 yards. Johnson has scored two of the offense’s three touchdowns this season but has not had any of the dynamic big plays that were his trademark before he injured his wrist in last year’s opener and missed the rest of the season.

Only two wide receivers — Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald — have caught a pass. They have 12 apiece.

Arizona is averaging 190 yards per game, last in the NFL.

So on comes the 21-year-old Rosen to try to turn things around and prevent what would be the Cardinals’ first 0-4 start since 1986, two years before the franchise moved from St. Louis to Arizona.

“It’s still football,” Rosen said. “Regardless of how much everyone is getting paid around you, it’s still football, just wearing different jerseys, and that was probably the most relieving thing about getting on the field (last week) was just completing a ball and sort of understanding it’s still the same game I’ve been playing since third grade.”

Rosen was asked when he decided he was going to be an NFL quarterback.

“I don’t know if it was ever a decision,” he said. “It was always just kind of a dream. Every step from high school to my first scholarship to a couple games in college when you realize it’s a possibility. It’s more of a dream that gets realized slowly over time that, ‘I actually have a shot at this thing.'”

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