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    Have you ever made a seemingly outlandishly random statement about something that actually eventually happened? We all have in one way or another Youth Sean Davis Jersey , but they always stick out in our minds when they do. My wife and I experienced just such a situation last year concerning Steelers QB Joshua Dobbs. I was watching the 2017 NFL Combine on the tv when my wife walked through carrying laundry. She glanced over and asked “Who’s working out today?” I explained it was the QB’s group and that I didn’t expect the Steelers to draft one, especially in the early rounds, because I just didn’t see the need. But you always do your due diligence because you never know who may fall to you and you must be prepared for just such a situation.About that time QB Joshua Dobbs from Tennessee popped on the screen preparing to run his initial 40 yard dash. My wife saw him and asked “Does he have that condition where you don’t have any body hair?” I explained that he indeed suffers from Alopecia but it had no effect on his ability to play the position. She seemed intrigued and sat down to watch him run his 40. After he finished running the drill she got up to leave the room and said “He has nice legs, he runs well. The Steelers should draft him.” I thought to myself, leave it to my wife to suggest drafting a QB because he has nice legs.You can imagine my surprise when a couple of months later I was watching the 2017 NFL Draft and the fourth round rolled around. When they announced the Steelers selection I am sure my jaw hit the ground and I hollered to my wife in the kitchen, “Honey, you ain’t going to believe this.” She just smiled sheepishly like she knew it all along.I was surprised to say the least with the pick. I wasn’t very familiar with Dobbs game as I spent zero time researching him prior to the draft. The only play I could recall from his college career was the Hail Mary game winning pass to defeat Georgia, and I was only watching that game because Georgia had a couple of players I thought would look good in Black and Gold. I also knew he was a highly intelligent individual, on a rocket scientist level. That was because you couldn’t watch a SEC telecast involving Tennessee without hearing it mentioned two or three times per game. I get it, I would want to highlight my scholar athletes too if I was the SEC marketing director.Last year turned out to be for all intents and purposes a NFL ‘redshirt’ year for Dobbs. He struggled out of the gate in the preseason with his accuracy as predicted by most draft pundits, but his performance improved as the preseason went along. He impressed the coaches enough to earn the QB3 roster spot but never saw the field during the season and was most often listed on the inactive list. Going into the off season I am sure Dobbs had to feel pretty good about his situation feeling he had proven the magnitude of the NFL wasn’t too big for him and his main competition for the QB2 position was a glorified clipboard holder who’s real value was as an assistant quarterbacks coach and another trusted pair of eyes on the sidelines for Ben during the game.Dobbs immediately went to work after the season on his mechanics and footwork to help improve his overall throwing accuracy and submerged himself in the playbook. His mindset, for all intents and purposes, was to compete this year with Landry Jones for the backup position. With the Steelers glaring needs on defense, it seemed unlikely that he would have to battle any new competition for the position. But life is full of surprises, and they aren't always good ones.The Steelers selected Mason Rudolph out of Oklahoma State University in the third round and suddenly Dobb's Steeler future lost some clarity. Everybody, including myself, wrote Dobb's Steeler obituary. Why wouldn't you? For one, Rudolph was far more a Big Ben clone than Dobbs would ever be. Rudolph lacked Ben's arm talent and athleticism http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/marcus-gilbert-jersey-cheap , but reportedly possessed many of his other attributes. Add in the fact that it was hard to fathom the Steelers going into a season with two inexperienced QBs backing up Roethlisberger, and the deck appeared pretty stacked against Dobbs making the team. Then the preseason games started, and everything changed. Dobbs refused to go quietly into that dark night. He came to compete and refused to take no for an answer. He didn't whine, pout, or throw shade at Rudolph for being drafted to take his job. He said all the right things and acted like a professional, and earned his position. Not just any position, the position I thought he had no chance of obtaining, QB2. He won the roster spot by out performing the competition. He made plays whenever given the opportunity, he lead scoring drives, he flew through the air for a touchdown, and he displayed improved accuracy on multiple touchdown passes. He was confident and in charge of his offense. He put the Steelers brass in a tough situation. How can you tell the players that they can make the team through hard work and dedication, then turn around and cut the player that embodied that description? Turns out they couldn't.While Watt, JuJu, and Conner are making their presence felt this season, Dobbs has yet to see the field. That is, besides a game ending kneel down against Atlanta, and Steelers Nation would have it no other way. Dobbs is present and accounted for every game, mentally engaged and assisting the team anyway he can. The mental reps are invaluable Cheap Ben Roethlisberger Jersey , as are the practice time during the week when Ben takes a rest day. I would love to see the Steelers design a few plays to take advantage of Dobb's abilities and give defenses one more thing to think about, ala Lamar Jackson of the Ravens, but the offense is still trying to find their timing and their true identity, so that may not be in the cards right now.The 2017 draft class is already proving to be a impressive group, and the future success of our Steelers depends on just that. Dobbs may just turn out to be a valuable member of that success. Hopefully we won't have to find out for a couple more years, but it wouldn't surprise me if he is more than ready if and when we find out. [​IMG]Coach Jon Gruden ran off the field high-fiving Oakland fans on the way to the locker room.In a season with very little to celebrate, the Raiders had plenty to feel good about Sunday.Derek Carr threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Derek Carrier with 21 seconds left before Chris Boswell slipped on a potential game-tying 40-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the Raiders' 24-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.Carr threw two touchdown passes to overcome fourth-quarter deficits and the Raiders (3-10) then survived after allowing a 48-yard hook-and-lateral pass play that set up the final field goal try."The character of this team is impressive," Gruden said. "No matter what anybody says or saw today, the character in there is special."Carr threw for 322 yards, including a 3-yard TD to Lee Smith that put Oakland up 17-14 with 5:20 to play. His second TD to Carrier capped his 16th career fourth-quarter game-winning drive."What we've kind of been preaching as a team is just resiliency because we've definitely faced adversity this year, and finishing strong, and that's what we did today," Carrier said. "We've been in position to win games and the ball just hasn't rolled our way for one reason or another."Roethlisberger returned from a rib injury to lead a go-ahead touchdown drive that Carr answered. Big Ben then connected on a short pass to James Washington. Washington then flipped the ball to JuJu Smith-Schuster, who raced down the sideline for 43 more yards to set up Boswell's chance.But his lost his footing on the approach, sending the Steelers (7-5-1) to their third straight loss, all decided in the final minutes."Sometimes it makes it worse when it's right there," Roethlisberger said. "If you get blown out it doesn't seem to hurt as bad as when you have a chance."Roethlisberger missed the first four drives of the second half before returning to drive the Steelers to the go-ahead score on a 1-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster before once again ending up on the losing end in a trip to Oakland. He is 0-4 at the Coliseum and the Raiders remain the only AFC opponent he has never beaten on the road.Pittsburgh went scoreless on four drives with backup Joshua Dobbs."(Roethlisberger) probably could've come in a series or so sooner, but we were in a rhythm and flow of the game Cheap Maurkice Pouncey Jersey ," coach Mike Tomlin said. "He was ready to go when he got back out there.Roethlisberger finished 25 for 29 for 282 yards and two TDs, but the Steelers failed to open up ground on Baltimore in the AFC North. Pittsburgh has a half-game lead over the Ravens.He also threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Smith-Schuster with 10 seconds remaining in the first half. Smith-Schuster deflected the high pass to himself and deftly managed to get both feet down with a toe tap in the back of the end zone.The play was ruled incomplete on the field, but was overturned on replay to the delight of the thousands of yellow-towel waving Steelers fans who filled the Coliseum.But it was the Raiders fans who cheered at the end after Boswell's missed kick that came after the Steelers got in position thanks to the short pass to James Washington, who lateraled to Smith-Schuster, who raced 43 yards to the 22.Boswell has now missed six field goals and five extra points, with his 11 missed kicks ranking worst in the NFL."It's terrible, what else do you want me to say," Boswell said.GROUNDEDPittsburgh got little from its running game with James Conner sidelined by an ankle injury. They gained 40 yards on 19 carries with Stevan Ridley scoring on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.FUMBLE OR NOTThe Raiders found themselves on the wrong end of replay reviews during an odd sequence late in the third quarter. With Oakland at the Pittsburgh 22, Carr lost the ball just before trying to throw it for a fumble that was recovered by Pittsburgh upheld on replay. Just a few plays later, Dobbs was hit by Arden Key as he tried to throw and the ball came loose. Oakland recovered that, but officials ruled it an incomplete pass and the call stood after a challenge by the Raiders. It turned out not to matter much when Tahir Whitehead intercepted Dobbs on the next play.PRESSURE POINTThe Raiders got a rare sack in the second quarter when Clinton McDonald brought down Roethlisberger on a third down. That was the league-low 11th sack of the season for Oakland. The play proved pivotal when Boswell missed a 39-yard field goal on the following play for his first miss inside of 40 yards this season.FAST STARTThe Raiders again got off to a fast start on offense with a 1-yard TD run by Doug Martin on the opening drive. That gave Oakland 41 points on the first drive this season, fourth best in the league.HOLDING ONThe Raiders committed three facemask penalties in a span of 13 plays in the second quarter. Before the infractions from Tahir Whitehead, Johnathan Hankins and Erik Harris, Oakland hadn't been penalized for a facemask all season.UP NEXTSteelers: Host Patriots on Sunday.Raiders: Visit Bengals on Sunday. Custom New Orleans Saints Jerseys