Steelers QB Mason Rudolph progressing, says Ben Roethlisberger ‘does a great job’ teaching

June 15, 2018 GMT

Like almost every NFL player, Mason Rudolph’s first exposure to professional football was rookie minicamp last month.

And if things seemed to come too easy to the Steelers young quarterback there, he was given a wake-up call on the first day with the veterans.

Over the four weeks of organized team activities and mandatory minicamp, though, Rudolph has acclimated himself to football at the highest level.

“That first day of OTAs was fast,” Rudolph said Thursday after minicamp wrapped up at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. “Just because you are coming from rookie minicamp, and you’re starting to feel super comfortable there and you’re dialing it up and moving it down the field and throwing into those windows. And then (at OTAs), those windows and those throwing lanes, they all decreased pretty significantly.

“But after that first day, you adjust and you raise your level of play and you take your coaching and make some mistakes here and there, but it’s a process and we understand that. Made a lot of plays here at the end of the camp.”

Rudolph, like all of the Steelers rookies, will spend the next week in Pittsburgh. Then he’ll head home for a family vacation and other relaxing activities before the opening of training camp July 25 in Latrobe.

Tomlin on Bell

Whether he reports to training camp or works out again on his own until the regular season, Le’Veon Bell will have familiar expectations when he rejoins the Steelers.

“I expect him to be ready, to be a big component for us in 2018,” coach Mike Tomlin said Thursday after the conclusion of three-day minicamp. “He’s been around us long enough to know and understand and embrace that.”

Joe Rutter contributed. Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at cadamski@tribweb.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.