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We send the scouts to where there

Mason Rudolph started wearing the No. 2 while playing high school football in South Carolina. He kept it during his record-breaking career at Oklahoma State Morgan Moses Jersey , where he left as the program’s all-time winningest quarterback.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers let him know No. 2 was available when he reported for rookie minicamp, he jumped at the chance.

The two-time defending AFC North champions raised eyebrows when they traded up to grab Rudolph in the third round of the draft – with general manager Kevin Colbert stressing the team had given Rudolph a first-round grade. Rudolph is well aware that he’s second on the depth chart – and more likely third – behind Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones.

”I’m looking forward to embracing my role now on this team and learning,” Rudolph said Friday after finishing his first practice as a pro along with the other rookies and first-year players.

And just in case Rudolph needed a reminder about his status, Roethlisberger provided a few in recent weeks when he expressed surprise the team used such a high pick on a quarterback when the 36-year-old two-time Super Bowl winner plans to play until he’s nearing his 40s.

Rudolph didn’t take it personally and pointed out Roethlisberger sent him a text on Thursday wishing him luck.

”I think the media got kind of twisted around a little bit,” Rudolph said of Roethlisberger’s comments to both the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and 93.7 The Fan radio in Pittsburgh. ”I think he’s a competitor. He’s a Hall of Fame quarterback and he’s a competitive guy and that’s what I would expect.”

Then again, so is Rudolph. Save for the first 10 games of his prolific career at Oklahoma State, Rudolph has been the starting quarterback for whatever team he was on since his sophomore year of high school. Waiting until the third round while five of his peers went ahead of him- including college rival Baker Mayfield – is something Rudolph admits he’ll carry with him for a long time.

He may need something to keep the fire burning as he spends this fall (and perhaps several others) on the sideline with a clipboard or a headset during games.

”I’m here to prove myself,” Rudolph said. ”That’s the way I approach every facet of my life. But I don’t feel like I’ve got to prove anything to anyone other than these coaches and my teammates.”

Rudolph received new offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner’s playbook about a week ago, one he’s tried to split up into parts so he’s not overwhelmed by its volume.

There will be adjustments along the way. He worked almost exclusively out of the shotgun at Oklahoma State while running coach Mike Gundy’s ”Air Raid” offense. Though he’s spent the last several months doing a crash course on working under center, there were a couple of missed exchanges on Friday.

At one point, when a play didn’t go as crisply as Rudolph liked Jake Ryan Jersey , he asked Fichtner if he could run it again. It wasn’t a surprise to rookie wide receiver James Washington, a teammate of Rudolph at Oklahoma State and a second-round pick by the Steelers, taken 16 selections ahead of his good friend.

”He’s a perfectionist,” Washington said. ”He doesn’t like things sloppy. I mean if it’s sloppy he’s going to redo it. That’s something that will help him.”

Washington also isn’t concerned about Rudolph taking a backseat for now. They both knew what they were getting when coach Mike Tomlin called him two weeks ago to say they’re coming to the Steelers. This isn’t a rebuilding project. Pittsburgh is built to win now.

Barring injuries, Washington will be asked to make more of an immediate impact than Rudolph. That doesn’t mean Rudolph is going to lose his patience.

”He’s a strong-minded guy,” Washington said. ”He doesn’t care about the hype. He’s just another guy looking for a job.”

And Rudolph understands his job is to soak up what he can from whomever he can and not let egos or agendas or anything else get in the way.

”I’m sure when we get in this building, in this (quarterback) room … we’re going to be friends and I’m going to let (Roethlisberger) do his thing,” Rudolph said. ”I’m going to try and pick up what I can from him but not bother him.”

Reggie Barlow called Doug Williams to talk about a couple of his Virginia State players as potential rookie camp invites for the Washington Redskins.

Williams was convinced, so he gave receiver Zac Parker a shot.

Parker is one of a handful of players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities the Williams-led Redskins front office invited to rookie-camp tryouts. The group joined two undrafted free agent signings, Grambling running back Martez Carter and Southern cornerback Danny Johnson, on the field Friday trying to earn a job from a team with a reputation for giving HBCU products a look this time of year.

Williams Tyrone Crawford Jersey , a Grambling star who also coached there twice, isn’t the only NFL executive looking to HBCUs for talent. But Washington’s senior vice president of player personnel and his scouts continue to invite several players from places like his alma mater, Southern, Texas Southern, Norfolk State and Alabama A&M in the hopes of adding depth to the roster.

”HBCUs, they might get looked down on a little bit more as maybe not a big school, but we have talent for sure,” Parker said. ”As you can see: Doug Williams went to an HBCU. He’s the prime example of it.”

His legacy as a Super Bowl MVP quarterback is common knowledge for Carter given his time at Grambling and for Johnson, who grew up in Louisiana not far from Williams’ hometown. The name Doug Williams has value at places like Grambling and Southern – ”He’s in history,” Carter said – and his reputation as an executive precedes him even for players 40 years younger.

”He just goes out and finds talent,” said Johnson Antonio Morrison Jersey , who performed in front of Williams and about 15 other scouts at Southern’s pro day. ”Regardless of what school you went to – small school, big school – he makes a way for everybody to get a chance.”

Parker, fellow receivers Norlando Veals from Alcorn State and Darvin Kidsy from Texas Southern, defensive linemen Richardson Johnson from Howard and Chris Lee from Norfolk State and tight end Dillon Beard from Southern were all brought in by the Redskins from HBCUs to try out at rookie camp.

Williams doesn’t believe he’s unearthing any secrets, though his presence in the Redskins’ front office has already had an impact in hitting on one undrafted free agent from an HBCU. The team signed defensive lineman Anthony Lanier out of Alabama A&M two years ago, and he’s now considered one of their best young prospects on that side of the ball.

Lanier picked the Redskins over several other interested teams because of Williams, who saw him play in college and complimented his game.

Carter and Johnson are trying to overcome the same long odds Lanier did to make the 53-man roster and appreciate the chance Williams and the Redskins are giving them.

”He knows how hard it is for guys like us at HBCUs to get notoriety and he knows how hard it is for guys to stand out due to all the big schools that surround us and kind of drown us out,” said Carter, who at 5-foot-7 rushed for 854 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. ”Just by him giving me the opportunity, it means a lot to me and I won’t take it for granted.”

Even though he was a first-round pick, largely because of then-Tampa Bay offensive coordinator and eventual Washington coach Joe Gibbs showing interest Matt Slauson Jersey , Williams doesn’t take his own path for granted and just wants to bring in the best players possible.

”It’s not about a certain school, it’s prospects,” Williams said. ”We send the scouts to where there are prospects. It just so happens Danny and Martez were prospects at Grambling and at Southern.”

Now that they’re Redskins prospects, Carter and Johnson feel a certain responsibility to prove to Williams he was right for signing them.

”I’m standing on some big shoulders,” Carter said. ”By him giving us this chance, it’s a confidence boost. He sees something in us that other teams don’t, obviously. He was a great athlete himself, so we just want to stand up to his standards.”

NOTES: Coach Jay Gruden said G Arie Kouandjio is getting a second opinion on what is feared to be a torn quadriceps muscle. Washington re-signed G Shawn Lauvao last week before Kouandjio’s injury that was first reported by NBC Washington. … The Redskins confirmed first-round pick Daron Payne’s first name is spelled without an apostrophe after he was known as Da’Ron at Alabama. … Geron Christian, an offensive tackle out of Louisville selected in the third round, is the team’s only unsigned draft pick.

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