Every rookie quarterback has a difficult acclimation to make when making the leap from a college system to a pro-style offense. Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Josh Dobbs seems to be catching on pretty quickly.
In fact, Dobbs seems to know more pro concepts than he thought despite playing in a spread offense at Tennessee. He told PennLive’s Jacob Klinger he’s pleasantly surprised by what he already knew about a professional offense.
This is certainly music to the team’s ears as it looks to groom Dobbs into a potential replacement for veteran Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers drafted Dobbs in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft and acknowledged Roethlisberger’s glorious reign will come to a close eventually.
The bigger question is whether Dobbs has the talent to step in Roethlisberger’s place. He’s certainly got the brains and graduated with a degree in aerospace engineering from Tennessee. He threw for 2,946 yards, 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season with the Volunteers.
Nobody knows what Dobbs will ultimately become, but it appears he has gotten his career off to a good start during OTAs.
This story originally appeared on All22. It was written by Matt Barbato.