Rookie Kenny Pickett is ready to obtain extra snaps within the Steelers’ preseason sport towards the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday, because the competitors for Pittsburgh’s beginning QB job continues.
Pickett, who has principally taken snaps with the Steelers’ second unit in follow, acquired first-team reps this week. Nonetheless, Mitchell Trubisky is ready to get the beginning nod over Pickett in Saturday’s matchup, coach Mike Tomlin stated Thursday.
“We simply want to see Kenny in more varsity action,” Tomlin instructed reporters. “This is a big week for [Pickett] in terms of maybe getting in the first half of this game and I would imagine getting the opportunity to see frontline defenders for Jacksonville.”
On Friday’s “The Herd,” Colin Cowherd defined why the opportune time to play Pickett is before later.
“Mike Tomlin, I think he’s seeing what everybody’s seeing,” Cowherd stated. “Everybody in the world knows what Trubisky is. We’ve seen it — highs and lows. Everybody, all these years, in knows what Mason Rudolph is. We’ve seen it. The only quarterback [that] the Steelers have that we really don’t know if it could be special — because Trubisky and Mason Rudolph are … capable, not special — is Kenny Pickett.
“Why not play him towards the Jags?”
“You recognize what Trubisky is [and] you recognize what Mason Rudolph is,” Cowherd continued. “You do not know what Kenny Pickett is. When are you gonna discover out? I might discover out within the subsequent two video games that do not depend. Let me see one thing. Put him proper up on the sector with Trevor Lawrence, and let’s have a look at it. … At this level, a 24-year-old with 4 years beginning, simply received the ACC [championship] — what’re you ready for? We all know what’s within the room. He is the one man [that] we do not know what we get.”
Pickett — the No. 20 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft out of Pittsburgh — had a sparkling debut in the Steelers’ first preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. He finished the night with 95 passing yards and two touchdowns on 13-for-15 passing.
Pittsburgh finished last season 9-7-1, good for second in the AFC North, before losing in the wild-card round of the playoffs. That marked the Steelers’ third loss in its first postseason game in the past four years. Pittsburgh has not won a playoff game since the 2016 season.
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