This should be a doozy of an article. You either love Mason Rudolph or you hate him, but do the Steelers really have any better options at this point going into Rudolph's final season? The Steelers could surprise everyone and draft the quarterback of the future in the 2021 NFL draft which would be smart, but the Steelers are always stuck in their old stubborn ways. Many of the Pittsburgh media feel there is a strong possibility when Ben Roethlisberger retires that Mason Rudolph will become the quarterback in Pittsburgh for a few seasons. That seems to be the Steeler way of doing things too, unfortunately.
Mason Rudolph did not play badly against the Cleveland Browns. In fact statistically he actually outplayed Baker Mayfield. He posted 315 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. The Steelers ended up losing by 2 points. Rudolph looked great throwing the ball down the field, but he looked atrocious in the pocket. Normally with a quarterback sitting behind a Hall of Famer like Ben Roethlisberger, you would like to see them improve with their struggles while learning. That didn't seem to be the case with Rudolph in regards to his pocket awareness. He loves to hold onto the ball way too long as well.
Should the Steelers give Mason Rudolph an extension? If the Steelers do not draft a quarterback in the 2021 NFL draft and Dwayne Haskins does not show up when it is time to play football then I think the Steelers will have no option but to sign him to a new contract. Do I think Rudolph is the future of the Steelers? No, I don't think so, but what better options would they have at quarterback? I do think the Steelers are going to resign him in 2022 and could possibly make him a starter if Ben Roethlisberger does not come back in 2022. Unfortunately.