Joshua Dobbs

Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback #5
Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback #5

Joshua Dobbs News

Stays with Steelers

Dobbs has signed a one-year deal with the Steelers, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: The 2017 fourth-rounder returns to reprise his reserve role behind veteran starter Ben Roethlisberger. Also in the Steelers' QB mix are Dwayne Haskins and Mason Rudolph.

Apr 14, 2021 10:10 AM EST

Sees minimal work Sunday

Dobbs completed four of five passes for two yards while rushing twice for 20 yards in Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Dobbs saw his first work of the season late in Sunday's matchup, playing nine offensive snaps in the regular-season finale. While he generated some modest production on the ground, he'll revert to his third-string role for the playoffs. If he finds a spot on another roster in 2021, he'll likely serve as a backup once again.

Jan 4, 2021 2:04 PM EST

Back in Steel City

Dobbs was claimed by the Steelers on Sunday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Dobbs was a surprise cut by the Jaguars on Saturday, but the Tennessee product will re-unite with his former club. Dobbs failed to see the field with the Jaguars last campaign, as the team elected to keep rookie Jake Luton as the only backup behind Gardner Minshew. Dobbs will join a crowded quarterback room, with Devlin Hodges and Mason Rudolph joining him as backups to Ben Roethlisberger.

Sep 6, 2020 9:50 AM EST

Shockingly waived

Dobbs was waived by the Jaguars on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Both Dobbs and Mike Glennon were surprisingly jettisoned leaving just unproven rookie Jake Luton as the only backup behind Gardner Minshew. It's especially shocking considering the Jaguars sent a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Steelers last year in an effort to lock in a secure backup behind then starter Nick Foles. Both Dobbs and Glennon should receive plenty of interest on the open market, but it seems likely at least one could return back to Jacksonville after a frantic waiver-wire period.

Sep 5, 2020 10:36 AM EST

Limited to reserve duty

Dobbs didn't see the field with the Jaguars in 2019.

Analysis: Dobbs was acquired by the Jaguars from the Steelers after Nick Foles broke his collarbone in the season opener, but rookie Gardner Minshew played extremely well in Foles' absence and eventually took full control of the starting job. All three quarterbacks remain under contract for 2020, leaving Dobbs as the low man on the totem pole with minimal job security.

Jan 28, 2020 8:14 PM EST

Traded to Jacksonville

The Steelers traded Dobbs to the Jaguars on Monday in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round draft pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Jaguars needed to add another quarterback behind Gardner Minshew after Nick Foles suffered a broken clavicle in Sunday's season-opening loss to Kansas City. The team could've done worse than Dobbs, a 2017 fourth-round pick who lost a backup QB battle to Mason Rudolph in Pittsburgh. Dobbs has thrown seven interceptions on 140 career pass attempts in the preseason, but he also proved capable of moving the Pittsburgh offense, both with his arms and his feet. With Foles out for at least the first half of the season, Dobbs could eventually have a chance to make starts, depending on Minshew's health and performance.

Sep 9, 2019 9:07 AM EST

Plays two drives

Dobbs completed three of five passes for 21 yards and rushed once for 11 yards in Thursday night's 25-19 preseason loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Dobbs started the game for the Steelers, but couldn't get much going on his mere two drives in charge. From the sideline, he then saw fellow quarterback Mason Rudolph impress once again, likely sealing Rudolph's fate as Ben Roethlisberger's backup ahead of the regular season. Unless Pittsburgh opts to retain three signal-callers, Dobbs appears to be the odd man out at the position.

Aug 29, 2019 7:38 PM EST

Preseason struggles continue

Dobbs completed four of nine passes for 79 yards and an interception in Sunday's 18-6 preseason win over Tennessee. He also ran five times for 10 yards.

Analysis: Dobbs was outperformed by Mason Rudolph for the third time in three games but will have one last chance to prove he deserves to be Ben Roethlisberger's backup in the final preseason game on Thursday against the Panthers.

Aug 26, 2019 4:14 PM EST

Flashes athleticism in win

Dobbs completed five of eight attempts for 85 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and also rushed twice for 44 yards in the Steelers' 30-28 preseason win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Dobbs started and played the first two series, complementing some sharp passing with an impressive 36-yard scramble on third down that took the ball to the Buccaneers' 17-yard line. The third-year quarterback did have an interception wiped out by offsetting penalties, but he was otherwise encouragingly effective during his time on the field. Dobbs logged the first 12 regular-season attempts of his career last season, but barring a Ben Roethlisberger injury during the regular season, he'll see his biggest workload by far over the next three preseason games.

Aug 9, 2019 9:03 PM EST

Set to start against Bucs

Dobbs will make the start in Pittsburgh's first preseason game on Friday, according to Bob Labriola of

Analysis: Dobbs is hoping to hold off Mason Rudolph and retain the back-up quarterback job behind Ben Roethlisberger this season. It would be in his best interests to get off to a good start after a disappointing 2018 campaign. Rudolph will also have an opportunity to show what he can do against Tampa Bay. Head coach Mike Tomlin made no mention of undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges, who is currently listed as fourth on the depth chart.

Aug 7, 2019 3:31 PM EST

Facing competition from Rudolph

Dobbs is facing competition from Mason Rudolph for the backup quarerback job, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Dobbs held down the No. 2 role in 2018 while Rudolph accustomed himself to the rigors of the NFL, but the Tennessee product was unimpressive when pressed into action and ultimately logged the lowest passer rating among all quarterbacks who attempted at least 10 passes in 2019. It would be of little surprise if Rudolph, a 2018 third-round pick, were to usurp the backup job at some point before Week 1.

Jun 26, 2019 10:04 AM EST

Unimpressive in limited action

Dobbs did not play in Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.

Analysis: After watching from the sideline his rookie season Dobbs played in five games in 2018, taking a total of 30 snaps. He finished completing five of 12 passes for 43 yards with one interception. His passer rating of 24.0 was the worst in the league of anyone attempting 10 or more passes. Dobbs has two years remaining on his current contract but may again find himself in a battle with Mason Rudolph for the backup quarterback job heading in to next season.

Jan 1, 2019 6:37 PM EST

Struggles coming off bench

Dobbs completed four of nine passes for 24 yards and an interception during Sunday's 24-21 loss to Oakland. He also ran for 15 yards on two carries.

Analysis: This was the first extended look at Dobbs in a game that counted, and he was unable to do much of anything against a Raider defense ranked 31st in the league in points allowed. Pittsburgh failed to put any points on the scoreboard during the four offensive series Dobbs played in place of Ben Roethlisberger (ribs) before Big Ben returned in a failed attempt to avoid a third consecutive loss. Expect Dobbs to be back to holding a clip board in Week 15 against New England.

Dec 9, 2018 10:22 PM EST

Negative yards in mop up role

Dobbs completed one of two passes for minus three yards during Thursday's 52-21 win over Carolina.

Analysis: The second-year quarterback relieved Ben Roethlisberger with the game well-in-hand to play the final two offensive series, the second of which he didn't even attempt a pass. He looked like what you would expect from someone who has attempted just three passes in his career but is still the leading candidate to take over the offense if Roethlisberger were to get hurt.

Nov 8, 2018 11:22 PM EST

Sticking in backup role

Dobbs will serve as the Steelers' backup quarterback Sunday against the Chiefs with regular starter Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) active for the contest, Dale Lolley of reports.

Analysis: Roethlisberger was withheld from practice Wednesday and Thursday while managing the injury, resulting in Dobbs logging extensive work with the first-team offense. While the back-to-back absences fueled speculation Roethlisberger might be at risk of sitting out the Week 2 contest, the veteran returned to full practice Friday to quell most of the concern about his status. Now that he's officially inactive, Dobbs will assume backup duties for the second straight week after beating out rookie Mason Rudolph and the since-released Landry Jones for those honors at the conclusion of the preseason.

Sep 16, 2018 9:19 AM EST

Gets run with first-team offense

Dobbs has been taking reps with the first-team offense this week with Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) sitting out practices Wednesday and Thursday, Chris Adamski of reports.

Analysis: While it's generally expected that Roethlisberger will play through any lingering pain and suit up Sunday against the Chiefs, his back-to-back absences from practice create more uncertainty about his status than initially anticipated. After beating out rookie Mason Rudolph for the top backup job during the preseason, Dobbs would be the first man up if Roethlisberger ends up being unavailable at any point. Dobbs brings intriguing athleticism and arm talent to the position, but his lack of regular-season experience would make it difficult to justify using him outside of two-quarterback or quarterback-flex leagues if he were to receive the start in Week 2.

Sep 13, 2018 3:02 PM EST

No. 2 on depth chart

Dobbs is now the second-string quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger,

Analysis: Dobbs beat out longtime backup Landry Jones for the main backup job, with rookie Mason Rudolph securing the No. 3 spot on the depth chart. Dobbs played well in Thursday's preseason game against Carolina, completing eight of 12 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown and taking three carries for 18 yards and another touchdown.

Sep 3, 2018 9:29 PM EST

Lights up Carolina defense

Dobbs completed eight of 12 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown and took three carries for 18 yards and another touchdown in Thursday's preseason game against Carolina.

Analysis: Dobbs got the start and led the Steelers to 17 points on four drives, finishing the preseason 29-of-43 passing for 434 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions, with 10 carries for 64 yards and another score. He did his best to push Landry Jones out of a roster spot, but the Steelers may instead try to find a trade partner for the 2017 fourth-round pick.

Aug 30, 2018 6:36 PM EST

Set to start Thursday

Dobbs will start Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers.

Analysis: Dobbs thus represents a lineup option for those trying their DFS luck in Thursday's full slate of preseason finales. More importantly, Dobbs' performance in the contest will help determine whether he or Mason Rudolph ends up as the Steelers' No. 3 QB this season.

Aug 28, 2018 10:32 AM EST

No go Saturday

Dobbs won't play Saturday against the Titans but is expected to start the Steelers' final preseason contest next Thursday versus the Panthers, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.

Analysis: The Steelers are giving Ben Roethlisberger some obligatory possessions with Week 1 of the regular season in sight, so holding out Dobbs on Saturday indicates Landry Jones and 2018 third-round pick Mason Rudolph will split the quarterback reps that remain. Aside from Rudolph, it remains to be seen if the team will keep three QBs on the 53-man roster this season, but Dobbs has acquitted himself well in two appearances to date, completing 21 of 31 passes for 283 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions to go with seven carries for 46 yards.

Aug 23, 2018 10:50 AM EST

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