Hoskins completed 16 of 22 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter of the Steelers series against the Eagles. Mason Rudolph Started the competition with Ben Rothlisberger Conducted by the team.
“I thought he was in command tonightSteelers head coach Mike Tomlin, said by Joe Router Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “He did a great job of communicating with people and went over his progress. There was a third-down play, maybe a third and -8, and he watched three or four readings and threw the ball in the middle of the field for us. It was a snapshot of the night.”
Hoskins, the former first-round pick for the Washington football team in 2019, is battling Rudolf for the defense for Rothlisberger. The performance against the Eagles comes after his solid pre-season debut last week at the Hall of Fame Game against the Dallas Cowboys. Hoskins completed 8 of 13 passes for 54 yards on his first exhibition tour with the Steelers. Both drives he directed ended up with scores.
Hoskins said it was passed against the Eagles and that a recommendation to play like quarterback coach Mike Sullivan’s “jazz player” paid off.
“Be very gentle, that’s what I was trying to do,” Hoskins said. “Be gentle. Let the plays come to me. Believe what I see. Let my eyes and feet tell me where to take the ball.”
If Hoskins can hold the backup for 2021, it will blossom into a great opportunity on the road. With Rothlisberger 39 years old and close to the end of his strong career, Hoskins can position himself to get another chance as a full-time starter with the Steelers.
Continuing to play like he has played for the past three weeks and season games will go a long way to giving him that opportunity in the future.
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