QB Mason Rudolph - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-5, 230Born: 7-17-1995College: Oklahoma StateDrafted: Round 3, pick 2018

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 18): Rudolph turned into a pumpkin pie against the Browns. He faces a poor Bengals defense this week, but is even on the fringe of startability in 2QB/Superflex leagues.

Week 12: at Cincinnati Bengals

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Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs MIA 77 20 36 251 2 1 0 0 0 0 18.55
9 vs IND 63 26 35 191 1 1 3 5 0 0 12.05
10 vs LAR 74 22 38 242 1 0 2 -1 0 0 16
11 at CLE 74 23 44 221 1 4 2 15 0 0 11.55
12 at CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 23 36 * * * 2 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Mason Rudolph's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 10 vs LAR (22 / 38 / 242 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)

The playbook is opening for Mason Rudolph every week. Unlike previous weeks, Rudolph was utilizing all quadrants of the football field and spreading the ball around to players who are not running check downs and routes out of the backfield. Unfortunately, this week started the same as the previous three weeks for Rudolph, turning the ball over on the first possession of the game. This time wasn't his fault as his center sent the ball over his head and the defender was able to scoop the ball first and score. It was an unlucky bounce. Rudolph did contribute to the oppositions point total early in the fourth quarter. With the Steelers up 10-14 and backed up to the five yard line, Rudolph faked the run on play action, turned his back to the opposing defense, and was immediately met when he turned around to scan the field by Aaron Donald for a safety. Rudolph wasn't without his bright moments and in Week 10 most of the moments were with former college teammate, James Washington. More specifically, Rudolph and Washington showed a lot of their old chemistry in the first half of the game. On Rudolph's only touchdown pass of the contest, Rudolph saw Washington had one on one coverage and threw him a perfectly placed 50-50 ball. Washington was able to make the contested grab and get both feet down. Again to Washington, Rudolph found Washington deep over the middle on a perfectly placed pass. Washington was able to run after the catch, splitting the defenders, before having the ball punched loose for a fumble.

2019 Week 9 vs IND (26 / 35 / 191 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)

Wins are not a quarterback stat, but Mason Rudolph should take what he can get. In Week 9, Rudolph started strong with his first pass of the game being delivered in rhythm on a slant route to Juju Smith-Schuster. His second pass of the game to Smith-Schuster was deep down the left side. If it weren't for blanket coverage by the defense the pass would have been a touchdown. Unfortunately, the third target to Smith-Schuster on the opening drive went right through Smith-Schuster's hands and was intercepted. For the remainder of the game, passes were primarily close to the line of scrimmage with the idea of letting playmakers make plays after the catch and not to risk throwing the ball downfield. Mason Rudolph's single passing touchdown of the game came in such a manner. Rudolph delivered a pass on time to Vance McDonald as he was turning around. This allowed McDonald to shield the defenders from the ball and for McDonald to gain just enough to push in the endzone for a touchdown. While Rudolph's stat line isn't packed for Week 9 it needs to be noted the poise he played with. Rudolph stepped up in the pocket and wasn't afraid to take the big hit and deliver an accurate pass. Even Rudolph's safety shouldn't be completely blamed on him. Rudolph was standing tall in the pocket when the offensive line was being pushed back and Rudolph tried to escape. There was no where for him to go and he had to take the safety. Luckily, on the punt after the safety, the Colts fumbled the ball and the Steelers were able to kick a field goal.

2019 Week 8 vs MIA (20 / 36 / 251 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

For a young quarterback it is important to start in a rhythm. Unfortunately, Week 8 did not start off well for Mason Rudolph. His first pass of the game went for an interception when he was targeting Juju Smith-Schuster. The line in front of Rudolph was collapsing on him and his arm was hit as he threw the football. On the second drive of the game for the Steelers things almost were worse for Rudolph. On his first deep pass of the game, the call originally on the field was another interception. Rudolph threw the ball to James Washington and the ball popped out of his hands and a defender made the play. Fortunately, the defender stepped out of bounds before he had control and the ball was given back to the Steelers who ultimately turned the ball over on downs. At the end of the second quarter, with less than a minute left, the Dolphins brought a blitz against Rudolph and left Diontae Johnson in man coverage. The Dolphins blew their assignment and allowed Johnson to have free run over the middle on a slant route. Rudolph was able to deliver an on-time pass to Johnson which allowed him to work after the catch. Rudolph's best throw of the night came in the third quarter. The Steelers were still down 14-10 and were marching down the field. Rudolph delivered a well placed 50-50 ball right in front of the end zone for Smith-Schuster. Smith-Schuster was able to take the ball away from the defender and score a touchdown. Against another defender on another team, this well placed ball could have easily been an intercepted pass. James Conner, Rushing 23-145-1, Receiving 3-5-0 (5 targets) In this game, Conner was the engine of the offense. He had his longest run of the season, 25-yards, and was routinely shedding tackles and stiff-arming defenders to the ground. Conner's best run of the game came on a broken play in the second half. The play was drawn to go to the left side of the line, but the offensive line was collapsing in front of him. Conner had the vision to cut all the way back across the formation, shed a tackler and carry the ball for a 17-yard gain. Conner's lone touchdown of the game was on a touchdown to bring the Steelers to the 9-yard line. The Steelers were in the shotgun formation and they ran a simple draw up the middle. Conner, as always, followed his lineman up the middle. Conner stretched his arm out and reached the ball just over the goal line for a touchdown. Overall, without Jaylen Samuels on the field the Steelers do lose versatility. James Conner is the workhorse and the player who spells him, Benny Snell, works between the tackles and not in the open field as a receiver. Conner left Week 8 with an apparent AC sprain. No additional information has been released on his health or if he will be available for Week 9.

2019 Week 5 vs BAL (13 / 20 / 131 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Things were not easy for Mason Rudolph in Week 5. The Baltimore Ravens were producing consistent pass rush around Rudolph and did not hesitate to call cover zero to send more blitzers than blockers. With 38% of Rudolph's passes going to running backs this season, cover zero kept defenders close to the line of scrimmage and his running backs were not able to work out of the backfield. Similar to other touchdowns by Rudolph this season, due to scheme or luck, Juju Smith-Schuster was running across the middle of the field on broken coverage. Rudolph saw Smith-Schuster streaking across the center of the field and delivered a well-placed ball allowing Smith-Schuster to run after the catch. Smith-Schuster's defender caught up to him, but he was able to stiff arm the defender to the ground, keep his balance and score the touchdown. In the third quarter Rudolph felt pressure in the pocket and rolled to his left. At the time the ball was released, Rudolph was sandwiched between two defenders. The defender who hit him from the front, Earl Thomas, hit Rudolph with his helmet. He was instantly knocked out and went to the group limp. After the hit, Rudolph laid on the ground for several minutes before being assisted walking off the field since the Steelers medical cart broke down. With some assistance, Rudolph was able to leave the field and made his way to the locker room. Rudolph was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.

2019 Week 4 vs CIN (24 / 28 / 229 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)

It isn't always about the big flashy plays. Sometimes it is about letting your playmakers find their footing and allowing them to make plays and not being the reason, those players can't make plays. During most of the game Rudolph had handcuffs on. Passes being throw were all within five yards of the line of scrimmage. Late in the second half the short throws began going for large gains. The pass-rush wasn't getting to Rudolph and simple screen passes being taken for large gains. Rudolph's first touchdown of the game came on a screen pass to James Conner on a spring right. Rudolph was able to hit Conner in traffic and place the ball in a place where he could work after the catch. There wasn't much downfield throwing in this game, but Rudolph did take two deep shots downfield. The first was to Johnny Holton incomplete, but the second was for a touchdown to Diontae Johnson. Johnson was lost in the mix in coverage and Rudolph was able to hit him on a deep post. It wasn't a perfect throw as Rudolph almost overthrew Johnson, but it was just good enough.

2019 Week 3 vs SF (14 / 27 / 174 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 15 / 0 rush)

Rudolph's role in today's game was to drive the bus. Make simple throws, don't make bad decisions, and don't force the ball. Through the first half of the Steelers' Week 3 match-up, Rudolph hadn't even thrown a pass of over ten yards. He was relying on screen passes outside and short to intermediate crossing routes. Making things worse, without the deep passing game being available to Rudolph, the 49ers defense began moving closer to the line of scrimmage and flushing Rudolph out of the pocket frequently. On the Steelers first series of the third quarter, Rudolph was flushed from the pocket and forced to rollout. When on the run, Rudolph missed his man and threw his single interception of the day. On bright side, Rudolph's two touchdowns displayed why the Steelers do have faith in Mason Rudolph going forward. His first touchdown pass, to Juju Smith-Schuster, showed a perfect pass. The ball was delivered on time and allowed the receiver to stay in stride throughout to work after the catch. Rudolph's second touchdown pass of the game came when the Steelers were targeting a defensive back. Rudolph looked to one side of the field and when his eyes moved back to the other side of the field Rudolph did a small shoulder fake. The defender bit slightly on the fake Diontae Johnson was able to shake lose and score easily on a deep pass.

2019 Week 2 vs SEA (12 / 19 / 112 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

His performance wasn't without its flaws, but Rudolph stepped in and looked like a serviceable NFL starting quarterback. Rudolph showed good accuracy to all levels of the field and enough arm strength to drive the ball to the outside hashes. If it wasn't for Donte Moncrief's tipped pass, Rudolph would have likely finished the day without a turnover on his resume. On the day, Rudolph had three highlight throws. The first was his first touchdown to Vance McDonald. Rudolph could have thrown the ball when he first saw pressure, but instead he hung in the pocket and allowed the deeper sections of the secondary to uncover enough for McDonald to have room to operate. Rudolph's second highlight throw came in the third quarter. It was a flea flicker play. The ball came back to Rudolph and he hit Juju Smith-Schuster as he was pulling away from his defender. If Rudolph had a little more juice in his arm he might have been able to hit Smith-Schuster in stride for a touchdown, but it was still a nice deep throw. Finally, Rudolph's second touchdown was a thing of beauty. On a play action play, Rudolph completely turned his back to the opposing defense. When he turned around, Rudolph delivered an accurate and on time pass to Vance McDonald and brought the Steelers within two points.


Latest News

Steelers | Fine expected for Mason Rudolph (Fri Nov 15, 01:35 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph is expected to fined for his role Thursday, Nov. 14, in a late-game brawl between the Steelers and Cleveland Browns.

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Steelers | Mason Rudolph has nightmare game (Fri Nov 15, 12:17 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph completed 23 of 44 passes for 221 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions during the team's Week 11 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Rudolph also ran twice for 15 yards.

Our View: Rudolph had the kind of performance that closes minds. He wasn't able to handle pressure or make throws with zip into small windows. Rudolph is a limited quarterback and the Steelers should give Devlin Hodges another chance soon. Whoever starts next week will be a viable QB2/Superflex against the Bengals.
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Steelers | Mason Rudolph does just enough in Week 10 (Mon Nov 11, 12:24 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph went 22-of-38 for 242 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 versus the Los Angeles Rams.

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