The trial resumes Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, where former NCAA investigator Angie Cretors is expected to testify in person, along with the playing of at least one video deposition.
Rudolph enjoyed the best season of his career in 2017, completing 65 percent of his passes for 4,904 yards and 37 touchdowns with nine interceptions.
He is blessed with hugely impressive arm strength and is capable of throwing with anticipation and touch even from off-platform positions and with pressure in his face.
However, his accuracy is far from consistent and he will also need to fix issues with footwork and scanning the field if he is to succeed in the NFL.
Rudolph, though, will have time to learn under Roethlisberger and, when he does see the field, will be able to throw to a familiar target. Pittsburgh selected former Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington with the 60th overall pick in the second round.
Washington and Rudolph demonstrated a remarkable rapport in college, the former racking up 1,549 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns in 2017, and they will hope that continues once Roethlisberger hangs up the cleats.
Petty was selected by New York in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft after a standout career at Baylor. He has thrown four touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 10 career appearances, including seven starts.
The report comes a day after the Jets took USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They also re-signed veteran Josh McCown, who started 13 games for New York last season, to a one-year contract worth a reported $10 million in March and acquired former Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater days later.
Defense. This is an area of weakness for both teams. The Caps opted not to make a splash at the trade deadline, addressing their deficiencies with a few band-aid fixes instead. The Penguins won the Cup in spite of their defense last season but haven’t made significant upgrades since (though, of course, this time Kris Letang is in the lineup). Both teams have allowed a little more than 31 shots per game in the playoffs. Advantage: Even.
Goaltending. Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray didn’t have the best regular season, and he was solid in Round 1 of the playoffs but not spectacular. Meanwhile, we can’t gush enough about Braden Holtby’s performance after the 2016 Vezina winner was benched at the start of the playoffs in favor of Philipp Grubauer. Holtby was sensational after he returned to the crease in Game 3, stopping 127 of 137 shots for a .923 save percentage and 1.92 GAA. Advantage: Capitals.