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Former Vols QB Josh Dobbs to start Steelers’ exhibition opener

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In his first season away from Knoxville, Josh Dobbs now knows that he’s guaranteed to make at least one start in the NFL.

The former Tennessee quarterback will start the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first preseason game of the 2017 season against the New York Giants on Friday night, coach Mike Tomlin announced.

Dobbs is starting because the Steelers are resting longtime starter Ben Roethlisberger, who isn’t expected to see game action until the third week of preseason.

Normal backup Landry Jones, meanwhile, is out with an abdominal injury.

That moves Dobbs, the Steelers’ fourth-round pick, into the starting job for the opener. He was drafted by the Steelers with the 135th overall pick in April’s draft – the same selection as last year’s rookie sensation Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys.

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Dobbs, though, will be without a couple of the Steelers’ top offensive weapons in the game. Wide receiver Antonio Brown, like Roethlisberger, is being rested for the preseason opener. Running back Le’Veon Bell, meanwhile, is still holding out for a new contract.

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