Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin announced this morning that Haskins will start against the Carolina Panthers Friday night. Ben Roethlisberger and backup Mason Rudolph will not play, giving Haskins a chance at extended reps.
Joshua Dobbs will serve as Haskins’ backup against Carolina.
In today's press conference, Coach Tomlin said that Dwayne Haskins will start at QB against the Panthers on Friday. pic.twitter.com/zk7jcIUIF5
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 25, 2021
Haskins has played off the bench in all three of the Steelers’ exhibition games thus far. The onetime Ohio State star has connected on 28-of-42 pass attempts for 271 yards and a touchdown in wins over the Cowboys, Eagles and Lions.
While Pittsburgh will likely rest many of its first-team offensive players, at least some of the Steelers’ starting offensive line is expected to play. The Panthers are expected to play their starters, which means Haskins will have a chance to showcase himself against solid competition.
Dwayne Haskins will start at QB vs. Panthers, Mike Tomlin says.
Panthers are playing starters, says it’s a chance for Haskins to go against 1s.
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 25, 2021
Ironically, Haskins’ last pro start also came against Carolina. In his final appearance with the Washington Football Team, Haskins went 14-for-28 for 154 yards and two interceptions in a 20-13 loss to the Panthers on December 27, 2020.