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Rookie Roundup: Antonio Brown Embracing Washington, QB Competition With Steelers Carries High Stakes



It’s Week 2 of OTAs for several former Cowboys as they continue getting accustomed to their new NFL homes. For others, this week spelled a snag or two in their pro careers.

First off, let’s head back to the Steel City as a couple of all-time Pokes continue to gel with their new team.

Steelers Check-In

Mason Rudolph’s presence has upped the ante in the QB competition in Pittsburgh and made things a little less comfortable for a former Sooner according to Kevin Gorman of TribLive.

In other words, there are already signs the competition is bringing out the best in the Steelers’ quarterbacks, even if the best of the Steelers quarterbacks isn’t at OTAs.

“Their edge is a little bit different,” Foster said. “They’re catching on to it a little bit faster, and they recognize that this isn’t a guarantee for them.

“I don’t know many rosters that have four quarterbacks, but you never know, they might decide to keep all of them.”

No one is counting on that. Jones, Dobbs and Rudolph know they are here at each other’s expense, a weird situation for a weird position. [TribLive]

Rudolph did a full Q&A with 247Sports on Thursday. You should check the whole thing out, but things predictably made it back to his senior QB and the pair’s budding working relationship.

W: You can probably compare notes about things being taken out of context in Pittsburgh and how it blows up so fast?

MR: Yeah.

JW: It was a bit much.

MR: Yeah, I’m with you. I think it was a bit of a bigger deal but it seems like that’s in the rear-view and I’m ready to work.

JW: Might have gone back to your draft night conference call and you said something about staying out of his way. It may have been taken wrong.

MR: Yeah, I don’t think many people took it as that. (Laughs) The question was something about how excited were you to learn under Ben. I said I’m very excited. I want people to know Ben’s got games to win and he’s got to prepare himself and I don’t want to be a nuisance. That’s what I was trying to say.

JW: Ninety percent took it that way, but Ben will tell you how little things blow up in this town.

MR: He did. [247Sports]

Rudolph and James Washington have a couple of future Hall of Famers to learn from in Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown.









And AB took a minute to talk about both of OSU’s rookies after practice last week including what he sees as a perfect situation for Rudolph and what he’s noticed about his young fellow receiver, Washington, so far.










Film on Flowers

USA Today‘s SeakhawksWire did a film breakdown of Tre Flowers from his safety days to try and project his future as an NFL cornerback.

Despite his success at safety, Seattle intends to swing Flowers to cornerback much as it did with Shead several years ago.

Standing 6-foot-3 with 33 7/8-inch arms and boasting 4.45 40-yard dash speed, Flowers has the look of a prototypical Seahawks cornerback but hasn’t played the position since high school. After starring at safety for the Cowboys, will Flowers be able to successfully transition to cornerback? [SeahawksWire]

If you’ve got around 10 minutes, check out that thorough breakdown of his college tape.







Some not so good news for DQ

On Tuesday, DeQuinton Osborne was the subject of a feature in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. On Wednesday, he was notified by the Dallas Cowboys that he was being released from the team.

Marcell’s Rookie Spotlight

Marcell looks good in his new Raider duds, especially after his switch to No. 88. Big-framed wideouts from Oklahoma State seemed to do well in that number. Let’s hope Ateman gets a chance to shine among a pretty deep WR corps in the Bay Area.



Ramon Richards has been reunited with an old teammate who probably showed him the ropes as a freshman. Now Kevin Peterson can show him the ropes as a rookie.

I have no idea if Richards has the goods to make in in the NFL. But the competition for a spot got even stiffer with the Rams adding some talent to their cornerback group this offseason in Aqib Talib and Nickell Robey-Coleman.

Follow Kyle Cox on Twitter @KyleCoxPFB

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