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Landry Jones Cardinals Christian Kirk Jersey , Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph can do the math.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have four quarterbacks in training camp. They'll carry three at most into the regular season.

Translation: one of them will be out of a job when rosters are trimmed to 53 on Sept 1. The goal over the next three weeks for all three of Ben Roethlisberger's backups is to make coach Mike Tomlin's decision on which one to let go as tough as possible.

So far, so good.

Jones and Dobbs each threw for touchdowns in Pittsburgh's preseason-opening victory over Philadelphia on Thursday night while Rudolph kept the offense moving throughout the second half.

Tomlin praised their respective play, noting they accounted for just one turnover 鈥?Dobbs' interception 鈥?and overall efficiency after combining to complete 20 of 29 passes for 252 yards and the two scores.

"Largely they did a good job of taking care of the ball, and that's important," Tomlin said.

"The communication, and getting people lined up 鈥?I think maybe we only burned one timeout during the course of the game. So those are some of the things that you look for, first time out particularly when you're talking about young quarterbacks in conjunction with other young people. And I thought they represented themselves well."

Rudolph, a third-round pick in April, played the entire second half and while he spent a portion of it scrambling for safety behind an offensive line littered with third-stringers.

He lost a fumble that was recovered by a teammate 鈥?ball security has been an issue during camp 鈥?but also showcased what he can do when he hit former Oklahoma State teammate James Washington for a 35-yard gain on a free play after one of the Eagles jumped offside.

Rudolph, who finished 7 of 12 for 101 yards and led the offense to three Chris Boswell field goals Logan Woodside Color Rush Jersey , figures he should probably make looking for his longtime friend a priority going forward.

"I think throwing it to (James Washington) a little bit more could help," Rudolph said.

"I still had a lot of clean plays, checked it down when I needed to, push the ball down the field. I think our offensive line did a great job all night opening up lanes for our young backs. I believe I had a great experience."

Like Rudolph, Jones used a hard count to get a Philadelphia player to jump offside. While Rudolph turned it into a long gain, Jones turned his into a 72-yard touchdown to JuJu Smith-Schuster.

"That cadence is a weapon for us," Tomlin said. "We've done it for a number of years now. It's good to see the young guys do it."

Dobbs hadn't taken a snap in a game since the end of the 2017 preseason and likely needs to put together something special during camp to convince the Steelers to keep him. He rebounded from the interception by leading a near-perfect two-minute drill at the end of the first half. Dobbs completed 6 of 9 passes in taking the Steelers 75 yards, the last 29 coming when he stepped up in the pocket and threw a dart in the end zone to a leaping Damoun Patterson.

"Obviously, when you get to get more snaps with the football, the comfort level increases Customized New Orleans Saints Jerseys , so you're able to go out there and just play football rather than thinking so much," Dobbs said. "So it definitely felt good to get out there."

The Steelers also got out of the game relatively injury free. Offensive lineman B.J. Finney 鈥?filling in while veteran Ramon Foster recovers from a hyperextended right knee 鈥?is dealing with a quad contusion.

Other than that, the AFC North favorites head into their final full week at Saint Vincent College healthy and eager to take another step forward next Thursday in Green Bay and with no real clarity yet in the derby behind Roethlisberger.

Considering the way all three reserves did in Philadelphia, there are worse problems to have.


OPEN CAMP: July 28, Jack Hammett Sports Complex, Costa Mesa, California

LAST YEAR: Bolts' relocation season ended just short of playoff berth with impressive 9-3 finish under new coach Anthony Lynn following 0-4 start. LA's new team had one of NFL's most impressive offenses, with Philip Rivers and receiver Keenan Allen headlining gifted group of playmakers. Chargers finished fourth with 376.6 yards per game, and plus-12 turnover margin was third. Offensive line also allowed NFL-low 18 sacks. Defense rounded into form along with offense, with shutdown cornerback Casey Hayward and pass-rushing stars Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram leading group that finished third by allowing 197.2 yards per game against pass. Chargers won final five games at tiny StubHub Center Authentic Customized Texans Jerseys , even establishing something close to home-field advantage. They barely missed first playoff berth since 2013.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: C Mike Pouncey, TE Virgil Green, S Derwin James, LB Uchenna Nwosu, QB Geno Smith, K Caleb Sturgis.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: S Tre Boston, TE Antonio Gates, DL Jeremiah Attaochu.

CAMP NEEDS: Staying healthy has been almost impossible for Chargers in recent years, and they've already lost budding star TE Hunter Henry to season-ending knee injury from non-contact drill in May. They'll look for new starting tight end in camp, and it's imperative to get to regular season with no additional serious injuries 鈥?and enough momentum to improve on last year's 0-4 start. Defense that frequently struggled against run must sharpen approach Daniel Castro Colorado Rockies Jersey , and tackle Brandon Mebane could help immensely with bounce-back season. Bolts must figure out whether No. 7 overall pick Mike Williams is ready to be regular receiver after injury-shortened rookie year. They must find solid kicker after failing to do so last year, with Caleb Sturgis and Roberto Aguayo headlining competition.

EXPECTATIONS: If Chargers pick up where they left off, they have components of Super Bowl contender. They return with above-average franchise quarterback, Pro Bowl receiver and elite talent at nearly every important position, including two of NFL's best pass rushers and two of its top cornerbacks if Jason Verrett returns from injury at full strength. Another major injury could scramble forecast, but franchise that has won one playoff game and one AFC West title in past decade seems capable of much more this fall.

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