Steelers’ QB battle heats up off the field, too

What else does Dennis Dixon have to do? That’s a question the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback’s agent asked out loud, and he might not be the only one asking it with training camp around the corner.

Dixon enters his third season with the Steelers in a competition with Byron Leftwich to start while Ben Roethlisberger serves what could be as long as a six-game suspension to begin the season.

Agent Jeff Sperbeck told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he doesn’t believe his client is getting enough reps with the first-team offense this offseason. Sperbeck then questioned why Leftwich, who re-signed with the Steelers after a season in Tampa Bay, is playing ahead of Dixon.

“I don’t understand why after Byron’s been gone a year, they would bring him back and start him ahead of Dennis,” Sperbeck said. “To me, it should have been Dennis’ job as the No. 1. He was No. 2 last year. Byron was not even in the picture.”

And the third man on the QB depth chart — Charlie Batch — joined the chorus by saying it’s only a matter of time before Dixon is a star in the NFL.

“Watching him as he progressed over the last couple of years, he’s really going to be a talent — whether that’s with Pittsburgh or some other team,” Batch said.

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