QBs Rudolph, Allen impress; Panthers defeat Steelers 25-19
Mason Rudolph was all smiles as he stood in the locker room talking about his performance in the preseason.
Rudolph continued to outperform Josh Dobbs in the battle for Pittsburgh’s No. 2 quarterback spot behind starter Ben Roethlisberger, completing 7 of 11 passes for 125 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Holton in Pittsburgh’s 25-19 preseason loss to the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.
The second-year quarterback from Oklahoma State led three drives resulting in a touchdown, field goal and a missed field goal to give the Steelers a 16-10 halftime lead.
Dobbs started, but both of his possessions came up empty and he finished 3 of 5 for 21 yards for the Steelers (3-1).
Kyle Allen appears to have locked down Carolina’s No. 2 job behind Cam Newton.
Allen started three preseason games for Carolina and bounced back from a subpar performance last week against the Patriots. Allen looked sharp in his only drive, completing 4 of 6 passes for 41 yards while showing good pocket presence, escaping pressure on one play by slipping out of the backfield for a 13-yard run and a first down.