Joshua Dobbs

Joshua Dobbs

29-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
San Francisco 49ers
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Dobbs certainly had his moments last season. Traded to Arizona late in camp, Dobbs started the first eight games for the Cardinals before being traded to Minnesota to replace an injured Kirk Cousins. He came off the bench days after the trade to lead the Vikings to victory and then won the next week as the starter, but that was the peak. By Week 14 he was benched, eventually demoted to No. 3. Dobbs signed with the 49ers in March to back up Brock Purdy, and if pressed into action likely will produce serviceable QB2 numbers similar to last year. Dobbs is plenty athletic (421 rushing yards, six TDs in 13 games) and perhaps coach Mike Shanahan’s scheme can help improve Dobbs’ accuracy after he ranked 30th in the league in on-target percentage (67.9). If nothing else, Dobbs can dump it off and let the 49ers’ many playmakers run for yards after the catch. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the 49ers in March of 2024.
Finds work in San Francisco
QBSan Francisco 49ers
March 18, 2024
The 49ers and Dobbs agreed to a contract Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
In 13 games (12 starts) between the Cardinals and Vikings this past season, Dobbs completed 262 of 417 (62.8 percent) of his passes for 2,464 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also was viable as a runner, averaging 5.5 yards on his 77 carries while scoring six TDs on the ground. Brock Purdy is the unquestioned starting quarterback for San Francisco, but Dobbs' recent on-field work should give him a leg up on the backup job ahead of holdover Brandon Allen.
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  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
17.7%
 
Avg Target Depth
8.5 Yds
 
Sack Rate
6.0%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
4.0 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
4.9%
 
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Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
216 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.64 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.31 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.75 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.0 in
 
Broad Jump
122 in
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
32.63 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Dobbs had a strong August and may have somehow landed himself a Week 1 starting job. He spent most of the summer competing with rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson for Cleveland's backup QB job, with the Browns eventually choosing the rookie and shipping Dobbs off to Arizona for a late-round pick swap. The Cardinals then released veteran backup QB Colt McCoy a few days later, leaving Dobbs and Clayton Tune as the top options with Kyler Murray (knee) set to open the year on the PUP list (which rules him out for at least four games).
With Deshaun Watson in line to be suspended for the first 11 games of the season, either Dobbs or Josh Rosen are in line to handle the Browns' No. 2 QB duties behind Jacoby Brissett.
Dobbs has appeared in just seven games across his three seasons in the NFL, and he's completed 10 of his 17 passes for 45 yards and an interception. The 2017 fourth-rounder played in Pittsburgh's Week 17 matchup last season, but he'll face an uphill climb to secure a spot on the 53-man roster while competing with Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins in camp.
The 2017 fourth-rounder saw his first regular-season duty last season, but Dobbs remains entrenched as a backup for the Steelers, with Ben Roethlisberger having signed a two-year contract extension during the offseason. Dobbs enters training camp second on the team's depth chart, but for that slotting to stick, he'll have fend off second-year man Mason Rudolph.
Considered the possible quarterback of the future when he was selected in the fourth round of the 2017 draft, Dobbs never saw a regular-season snap for the Steelers as a rookie. Stuck behind Landry Jones, Dobbs now faces additional competition from Mason Rudolph, taken in the third round this year. It seems likely that either Dobbs or Jones will not make the roster coming out of camp this season.
The 6-3, 216 pound QB is a great athlete who also possesses tremendous smarts. As a result, Dobbs has the tools to make for an interesting developmental project behind Ben Roethlisberger. While his downfield accuracy was quite strong by the end of his Tennessee career, Dobbs never showed the natural ability to read defenses that you'd like to see in a quarterback. If his experiment at quarterback doesn't go well, Dobbs has the athleticism to transition to receiver. For now, he's slated for No. 3 QB duties in 2017 behind longtime Roethlisberger and backup Landry Jones, who has served in the Steelers' No. 2 role for each of the past two seasons and was signed to a two-year extension before the NFL draft.
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Tosses 13 TDs across 12 starts
QBMinnesota Vikings
January 11, 2024
Dobbs appeared in 13 games during the 2023 season, completing 262 of 417 pass attempts (62.8 percent) for 2,464 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while adding 77 carries for 421 yards and six more touchdowns.
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Will be backup at Detroit
QBMinnesota Vikings
January 5, 2024
Coach Kevin O'Connell said Friday that Dobbs will serve as the Vikings' No. 2 quarterback behind starter Nick Mullens in Sunday's game in Detroit.
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Emergency QB versus Green Bay
QBMinnesota Vikings
Coach's Decision
December 31, 2023
Dobbs (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Packers and will serve as the emergency quarterback, Craig Peters of the Vikings' official site reports.
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Demoted to No. 3 quarterback
QBMinnesota Vikings
December 14, 2023
Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell announced Thursday that Jaren Hall, not Dobbs, will be the backup to starting quarterback Nick Mullens for Saturday's game against the Bengals.
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Loses hold of starting gig
QBMinnesota Vikings
December 12, 2023
Dobbs will move into a backup role for Saturday's game against the Bengals with the Vikings naming Nick Mullens their Week 15 starting quarterback.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Favorite to back up Purdy
QBSan Francisco 49ers
June 25, 2024
Dobbs is currently the favorite to win the backup quarterback job in San Francisco, Matt Barrows and David Lomarbi of The Athletic report.
ANALYSIS
Dobbs started a career-high 12 games in 2023 and had moments of brilliance before fading late in the season. All told, he maintained a 13:10 TD:INT while averaging a subpar 5.9 yards per attempt. He should remain one of the top backups in the league, though first he'll have to hold off Brandon Allen for his spot on the depth chart. .
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