Josh Dobbs Traded to Jaguars from Steelers for After Nick Foles' Injury

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2019

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 17:  Joshua Dobbs #5 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rolls out to pass against the Tennessee Titans during week three of preseason at Nissan Stadium on August 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Steelers defeated the Titans 18-6. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers traded quarterback Josh Dobbs to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick.

Jacksonville announced the deal after ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news. The trade comes a day after the Jaguars lost Nick Foles to a clavicle injury. 

Dobbs was a 2017 fifth-round draft pick by the Steelers. He's attempted 12 passes through his first two NFL seasons, throwing for 43 yards and an interception.

The Jaguars signed Foles to a four-year, $88 million contract this offseason in hopes he would shore up their production at the quarterback position. Foles was coming off a stellar run with the Philadelphia Eagles that saw him win a Super Bowl MVP and lead the team in the postseason two straight years in place of an injured Carson Wentz.

The Jaguars will instead rely on rookie sixth-round pick Gardner Minshew for the foreseeable future. Minshew looked solid in his NFL debut, throwing for 275 yards and two touchdowns against one interception in the Jaguars' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He began his career with 13 straight completions and finished 22-of-25 overall.

"He's fearless, and that's one thing I like about him the most," receiver DJ Chark Jr. told reporters. "He'll step into a situation [and] he won't blink.

"I know I came up to him on the sideline once I found out the news and I told him it's just like preseason. We was out there a few times in preseason. We worked together in the offseason. So nothing new. He can get out there and throw the ball with the best of them and it's time to show it."

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Dobbs would now be next in line behind Minshew should he be injured, but it's likely going to take him time to learn the playbook. 

The Steelers will use second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph as Ben Roethlisberger's primary backup moving forward. 

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