Dobbs On Dak Comparisons: ‘I’m Just Focused On Me’

New Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Joshua Dobbs just had quite an eventful 24-hour period as the team’s fourth-round draft pick graduated from Tennessee on Thursday and was on the field Friday for the start of the annual rookie minicamp. Even though Dobbs presumably got into Pittsburgh very late Thursday night, or early Friday morning, he didn’t appear to be tired at all.

“Of course, of course,” Dobbs said when asked if he was able to get any sleep after making the trek from Tennessee to Pittsburgh. “I got some sleep when we got in. Just enough and was able to come in ready to go today.”

During the pre-draft process, you probably heard Dobbs being compared to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who wound up being their starter during his rookie season due to an injury to then-incumbent Tony Romo. On Friday, Dobbs was asked what he thinks about those comparisons to Prescott and especially after the first NFL season the Mississippi State product had that included him leading his team to the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

“I’m just focused on me,” Dobbs said. “Of course, I’ve known Dak growing up, playing in the SEC, throughout recruiting, so our paths have crossed several times. So, by the end of the day, I’m just focused on myself and being the best that I can be. I’m in a complete different situation than him and so I’m focused on improving each time I step on the field and being the best Josh Dobbs I can be.”

Dobbs did talk, however, about being recruited by Mississippi State prior to deciding to commit to Tennessee.

“I was, I was recruited by Mississippi State,” Dobbs said. “He [Prescott] was two years ahead of me. So, I was on a recruiting visit and he was there. So, it was cool though to cross his paths.”

Dobbs transition to the NFL game figures to be fun to watch happen and he was asked Friday if he believes he’ll need to make many adjustments to the way he plays.

“Well, of course there’s always differences when you go from one person’s offense to another, but it’s a similar scheme, similar terminology,” Dobbs said. “So, there’s always going to be some adjustments, always going to be some improvements that you’re trying to make as you move forward, but you know there’s always similarities in the game just because it is football. There are similarities, but a lot of things that you have to adjust to. So, we’ll just take it one day at a time and keep it in stride.”

During a recent interview with Missi Matthews of steelers.com, Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was asked what he planned on telling Dobbs when it comes to what his role with the team will be and what he’ll expect out of him as a player once he arrives in Pittsburgh as a rookie quarterback.

“That’s all been spelled out, even beforehand, I think,” Haley said. “But he’s going to come in on the ground floor, so to speak, and he’s a smart enough guy that he understands that he’s got to just be grinding day in and day out. And there aren’t going to be a ton of reps early on, I mean that’s just the nature of the position.

“There can only be so many, but a young guy like that has to be learning on a daily basis, watching sometimes. They’re not physical reps, they’re mental reps and then when you do get opportunities to get out there and actually have some physical reps, you’ve got to take advantage of them.”

While Dobbs’ reps will likely dwindle quite a bit once the OTA sessions and training camp get underway, this weekend he’s sure to get plenty of them.

“You’re always processing information and so of course it was the first day of install, a little more install later,” Dobbs said Friday when asked if he was able to “wing-it some” during his first official practice with the Steelers without thinking. “So, you’re just growing, trying to come out and rep and be successful in what you’re learning upstairs. And then you want to build on each practice and continue to improve moving forward. It was a good day and I’ll look to improve in our next session today.”

  • Matt Manzo

    The thing that I thought separated Dak from the other QBs, was his ability to lower the shoulder and take on a hit. He had the legs of a fullback!
    Dobbs has that ability! I don’t think he’s as refined as Dak was at the time, but I believe Dobbs can catch up.

  • T3xassteelers

    I know Dak was a 4th rounder, but he could have gone in the 2nd had it not been for his DUI before the draft

  • Michael James

    One thing you simply can’t deny is that this kid has charisma. He also seems like an extremely likable guy. Let’s just hope his on-field play will be really good, too.

  • Pete Stankowski

    Very articulate and mature. You can tell he just gets it. Some at Steelers Depot are probably pissed he didn’t say something stupid or ignorant.

  • Pete Stankowski

    Careful. You might be called a “family member” by Steelers Depot if you speak positive about this kid or defend his skill set or character. SMH

  • SteelersDepot

    Pete, seriously, why even come to the site at this point? Your narratives are really overplayed at this point.

  • Pete Stankowski

    Because it’s my prerogative. You guys crossed the line. You never know who is who on sites like this.
    We’re also wondering if it’s legal for you guys to imbed a Steelers Depot logo over a SEC NETWORK video? Hope so…

  • SteelersDepot

    Crossed the line? lol

  • Jaybird

    No Friday night five tonight?

  • SteelersDepot

    just went up.

  • StolenUpVotes

    I am excited to see how he pans out. Smart guy who seems to work his tail off. Hope that he and the Steelers enjoy a long partnership.

  • alevin16

    Two things, One, it is great to see #6 Bubby Brister back! ;D And Two a serious question, Does anyone remember how Dak P was reviewed when he was coming out? I appreciate our guy is super smart but this completion % thing has me concerned. Was Dak similar in that respect? Does anyone remember?

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s right!

  • RickM

    Prescott had some footwork issues, but he really progressed as a passer in his four college years, especially in his vision of the field and going through his progressions. In his final year he had a 29-5 TD to INT ratio and a completion ratio over 66%. Not sure what the percentage was on 3rd downs. And of course he had that quick release. Dobbs isn’t as advanced in the passing game as Prescott was.

  • Hard Row

    It was reported last year that the Steelers really liked Dak and planned to draft him. That’s my concern with Dobbs. Could it be that the steelers are still kicking themselves that they didn’t get Dak so now they fixated on Dobbs?

    It sure seems the steelers planned their whole draft around getting Conner and Dobbs and may have taken each a round higher to assure they got them.

    In a draft like this that had so much talent still on the board in those rounds, that can be risky.

  • blue

    Dobbs can at least win some games when Ben goes down, something that Landry Jones can’t do.

  • Aj Gentile

    What the hell did you do Dave lol