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Mason Rudolph Leap Frogs his Way into Steelers Fans’ Hearts After 2-TD Performance

Mason Rudolph showed up in preseason finale.

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While Oklahoma State was drumming a lowly FCS team in its season opener on Thursday night, there were plenty of chances for fans to miss departed quarterback Mason Rudolph — most notably on attempted deep passing plays.

Meanwhile, the former Cowboy QB was busy endearing himself to a new fanbase.

The Pittsburgh Steelers put a bow on their preseason slate with a 39-24 win over the Carolina Panthers, but the reason for this game was simple. Get some fringe roster players one last chance to shine before Saturday’s roster cuts, and get one last look at QBs 3 and 4 before you make that decision.

Mason Rudolph was No. 3 coming into this game and very little would have allowed second-year quarterback Josh Dobbs to leap frog him. Dobbs got the start and connected on 8 of 12 passes for 151 yards and a score.

But Rudolph did the actual leapfrogging while celebrating after a 24-yard touchdown connection with Tevin Jones.

He also found Quadree Henderson in this scramble and score with a nice Odell-like grab in the end zone.

And Rudolph even kept it on the ground for this 2-point conversion, which the Steelers are apt to pull out at any turn.

Rudolph even drew his first taunting penalty for getting in the face of Carolina linebacker Andre Smith after the play.

Steelers fan ate that up almost as much as they savored his highlight reel scores.

Rudolph finished with a stat line of 5-of-9 for 102 yards and two TDs with zero interceptions. And any skepticism among the fanbase seemed to dissolve, at least if Twitter is any indicator.