Feb 28, 2022
Pittsburgh Steelers Starting Quarterback Odds
After 18 years, Ben Roethlisberger finally hung up his cleats. Big Ben won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, cementing his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame later this decade. Roethlisberger was one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks for most of his career. However, he started to show his age in 2020, and his play really took a downturn last season. There will be a new signal caller in the Steel City in 2022, and back-ups Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins are seen as the most likely starters.
Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Odds
- Mason Rudolph +200
- Dwayne Haskins +400
- Any Rookie QB +750
- Josh Dobbs +800
- Jameis Winston +850
- Jimmy Garoppolo +900
- Teddy Bridgewater +1000
- Carson Wentz +1000
- Deshaun Watson +1000
- Russell Wilson +1100
- Aaron Rodgers +1100
- All Other Players +2000 or More
Odds provided by DraftKings - Subject to Change
Mason Rudolph has been the backup quarterback in Pittsburgh for the last three seasons. He has started 10 games in that stretch, but his play has left a lot to be desired. Rudolph has failed to really develop, and the Steelers would not feel good with him as their starter going into the 2022 season.
Former first-round pick Dwayne Haskins was signed by Pittsburgh in January 2021. Haskins was released late in his second season with Washington, and he didn’t take a snap with the Steelers last season as he learned the offense. The Ohio State product has not played well in his 13 NFL starts, so he seems to be an unlikely starter too.
The best bet is for a rookie to take the first snap of the season for the Steelers. Any rookie is currently over 7-1 to start the season under center for Pittsburgh, and most mock drafts have the Steelers taking a quarterback in the first round. Local star Kenny Pickett would be popular, but Pittsburgh could go with Malik Willis, Sam Howell, or Matt Corral.
There are two other intriguing names on the list of veterans for the Steelers. Tim Kawakami has predicted that San Francisco will trade Jimmy Garoppolo to Pittsburgh in the coming days. Garoppolo has been solid, but not spectacular with the 49ers, and he knows how to operate off play action in a run-heavy offense. The Steelers have a championship caliber defense, so they wouldn’t need Jimmy G to do too much with the offense.
Teddy Bridgewater could end up in black and gold too. Bridgewater isn’t a name that will delight a lot of fans, but he is a relatively safe option and would come relatively cheap. The Steelers have the potential to be a playoff team with a steady hand like Bridgewater, although he isn’t going to take over games.