The Mason Rudolph to James Washington combo may soon be back, but this time they’ll be terrorizing NFL defenses. On Monday the Pittsburgh Steelers announced that Ben Roethlisberger will undergo season-ending elbow surgery, thus elevating former Oklahoma State star Mason Rudolph to the starting quarterback.
Big Ben wasn’t off to the best of starts to the season, completing just 56.5% of his passes for 351 yards and 0 touchdowns to 1 interception for the now 0-2 Steelers. Coming in to relieve Roethlisberger on Sunday, Rudolph completed 12-of-19 passes for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns to 1 interception.
One thought on the reason for Pittsburgh’s offensive struggles was that Roethlisberger had lost his security blanket in Antonio Brown and had yet to develop chemistry with other potentially dangerous receivers. That won’t be a problem for Rudolph who had teamed up with Washington at Oklahoma State to create one of the more dangerous quarterback/receiver combos in the nation, connecting 74 times for 1,549 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Rudolph was selected in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft (76th overall pick) while Washington was selected by Pittsburgh a round earlier with the 60th overall pick.
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