Mitchell Trubisky No. 1, Kenny Pickett No. 3 on initial Steelers depth chart

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It’s non-binding depth chart season in the NFL, and the Steelers have released one. With an ongoing quarterback competition, the first unofficial hierarchy officially places Mitchell Trubisky at the top of the stack.

He’s No. 1, Mason Rudolph is No. 2, and rookie Kenny Pickett appears at No. 3.

Trubisky has consistently been the starter throughout camp. As Peter King said last weekend, Trubisky essentially has been told that it’s his job to lose.

Although the team’s rookie first-rounder is buried (for now) on the depth chart, second-rounder George Pickens is listed as one of the team’s three starting receivers. Fellow rookie Calvin Austin III lands on the fourth string.

Trubisky, the second overall pick in 2017, spent four years with the Bears before being becoming a free agent. He served as the backup to Josh Allen in Buffalo last year. He signed a two-year deal with the Steelers early in free agency.

38 responses to “Mitchell Trubisky No. 1, Kenny Pickett No. 3 on initial Steelers depth chart

  1. Best move of the off-season. Steeler fans will love this guy and what he’ll do for them.

  2. The elephant in the room….and I don’t mean a Republican….is the fourth guy on the depth chart who is Chris Oladokun, the second QB they took in in ’22 draft and the 7th round pick.

    Why did they, you ask, drafted another QB after extending Rudolph a year, signing Mitch and drafting Pickett in the first round.

    Well, it wasn’t to potentially lose him on waivers before they could get him on the practice squad. Looks like they thought enough of him not to want to have to compete for him as an UFA.

    He’ll be the third QB unless he gets an IR hangnail injury. Mitch or Mason will be trucking down Route 30 from Latrobe.

    Mitch and Mason are not just fighting to be No.1…they’re fighting to make the team.

  3. I’ll probably end up being wrong, considering how successful the Steelers usually are, but I don’t understand why they drafted a QB this year.

  4. Trubisky has over 50 career starts. Rudolph has 10. Pickett has zero. Trubisky gives them the best chance to win today. Tomorrow might be a different story. The Steelers will compete for the super bowl this year. They’re not thinking re-build, and they’re right.

  5. Chase Claypool “I’m going to be a number one WR in the league.”

  6. Trubisky and Rudolph are both backup QBs…. at best. You pick a guy in the first round who can’t beat out EITHER of them?? Awful pick.

  7. If the Steelers simplify the reads and get Mitch out of the pocket, he can do some good things. He was asked to do too much in the pocket while here in Chicago under offensive “genius”, Matt Nagy…
    Plan around his strengths & avoid the 3 & 4 read progressions & he will do fine.

  8. I will be interested to see what Bisky can bring. He hadn’t played a lot of football when he was drafted and some time might be what he needed. Pickett will be the back up before the end of preseason. They will want Pickett getting the reps of the #2 for the season. Rudolph only gets come along because you can’t leave him out of reindeer games.

  9. Trubisky has his strengths. He’s pretty good at throwing on the move, has above average athleticism, and toughness that should endear him to Steeler fans. Just don’t expect him to be a traditional drop-back qb and calmly go through his progressions; he’ll quickly panic and throw off his back foot to the first receiver in his field of vision, regardless of coverage. That said, he’s better than Rudolph and gives the Steelers a better chance to make the playoffs this season. I expect the final depth chart to be Trubisky, Pickett, and Oladokun, with Rudolph being used as trade bait for a mid-round pick.

  10. If the Steelers can get just steady average qb play like Mac Jones, they’ll be fine. They had arguably the best 2021 draft in the league. And are loaded with weapons. Including a top 3 running back and a top 5 wide receiving group. Not to mention an up and coming top 5 tight end.

  11. Worst draft bust in the last decade vs worst draft bust in the next decade…who will win?

  12. Mitch is strong armed and athletic. He has the physical tools to be an NFL starting QB, but his reads and accuracy are poor. He didnt have that much college experience and it showed his 1st year. I watched him underthrow and overthrow his WRs for INTs in one game. Wish him the best!

  13. I’ll never understand where the love for Trubisky comes from. He’s a legit #2 in this league, no doubt, but a #1, no. If he’s not asked to do too much, he should be serviceable. He can’t beat good teams but eats up the trash teams. Will be interesting to see how this season goes.

  14. joe1975 says:
    August 6, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    Trubisky and Rudolph are both backup QBs…. at best. You pick a guy in the first round who can’t beat out EITHER of them?? Awful pick.
    —–

    He can’t beat then NOW, which is OK. That doesn’t mean he can’t beat them in 2023, or week 10 or week 5.

    Sometimes teams make decision based on things other than what ESPN reports or what is likely to produce the most fantasy league points.

  15. tomthebombtracy says:
    August 6, 2022 at 2:50 pm
    The elephant in the room….and I don’t mean a Republican….is the fourth guy on the depth chart who is Chris Oladokun, the second QB they took in in ’22 draft and the 7th round pick.

    Why did they, you ask, drafted another QB after extending Rudolph a year, signing Mitch and drafting Pickett in the first round.

    Well, it wasn’t to potentially lose him on waivers before they could get him on the practice squad. Looks like they thought enough of him not to want to have to compete for him as an UFA.

    He’ll be the third QB unless he gets an IR hangnail injury. Mitch or Mason will be trucking down Route 30 from Latrobe.

    Mitch and Mason are not just fighting to be No.1…they’re fighting to make the team.
    ————————————————————————————————————-
    So Mitch and Mason got all the reps at OTAs, but are fighting to make the team? Watch football Much?

  16. Let me go on like a blister in the sun….
    Let me go on..
    Big hands I know you’re the one!

  17. Never been a Pickett guy. Tough QB class to pick a best one, but I think it will be Ridder. 2022 is a lot like 2013 though.

  18. Hmm well yes that’s interesting no wait I’m sorry it’s not the Steelers are completely irrelevant in 2022 moving on

  19. asdfghjk says:
    August 6, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    Hmm well yes that’s interesting no wait I’m sorry it’s not the Steelers are completely irrelevant in 2022 moving on
    ————

    If losing to Pittsburgh this year costs a team a playoff spot, division championship, or bye week, I’d say they were relevant.

  20. mrhogan0518 says:
    August 6, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    Ya, right. And the 2020 election was stolen.

    _____________

    Do you want to follow this up with context or what it has to do with Trubisky, Steelers or football?

  21. Pickett will be starting by the bye at the latest.

    Btw, why is the Steelers story near the top of the blog when HOF ceremony is way more important at present moment.

  22. LOL. The QB who threw 17 straight incompletions in practice, is number one on the depth chart? It looks like Tomlin is headed for his first losing season!

  23. Mr. Biscuit has had some occasional good moments, but I’m overall surprised to see him getting so much love on this thread. Great backup, questionable starter.

  24. Mitch has enough talent to be a solid starter and maybe more. He got a totally bum deal with the staff in Chicago, and I think a little immaturity hurt him too. Pittsburgh knows what they have in Mason and he wouldn’t take well to being the #3 guy. Pickett will be ok with being number #2 for the time being. He’ll be competitive in practice and ready to step up when/if needed. Oladokun is the perfect guy to be the #3. He’ll be happy to be on the practice squad, will learn, and will be ok if he has to step into the #2 spot if there’s an injury.

    For those reasons, barring any injuries in camp, I suspect Mason will be gone on the cut to 53, maybe sooner if the Steelers want to give him the best chance of catching on elsewhere. It just makes the most sense.

  25. The praise and delusions of grandeur heaped upon Mitch T. in this comment thread is stupefying. When he played for Chicago Trubisky had by far the lowest on target rate of anybody in the league. And in the NFL, if a QB cant consistently hit a target, then he’s a bum. One only has to look at Mitch’s performance in last week’s seven on seven drill where he went 0-16 to see that his erratic performance in Chicago was not an aberration. The fact that QB needy Chicago considered Andy Dalton an upgrade tells you all you need to know about this guy. Wake up, fellow Steeler fans. We deserve better – Play the rook.

  26. The 2022 Reclamation Project of the Year Award (nominee must be on at least second team and not won the super bowl) – nominees are:

    Baker Mayfield
    Mitch Trubisky
    Carson Wentz
    Jimmy Garoppolo (TBD)
    Matt Ryan
    Jamies Winston
    Ryan Tannehill

    2021 Winner: Jimmy Garoppolo
    2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Kirk Cousins
    Disqualified from competing: DeSean Watson. Because he’s a creep.
    Disqualified from competing: Geno Smith and/or Drew Lock. Because, I mean, c’mon…

  27. I realize that steeler fans think every player on their roster is a hall of famer but the fact that they have actually convinced themselves that Mitch Trubisky is some kind of answer is really mind blowing, even for them.

  28. supercharger says:
    August 6, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    Pickett is going to be the next Dan Orlovsky.

    ____

    Just like you as the next joetoronto

  29. I like Mitch he just hasn’t been accurate. If his accuracy hasn’t improved, he won’t play a lot.

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