Kenny Pickett impresses in preseason debut

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Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett made a statement in the team’s quarterback competition on Saturday night.

Pickett played the entire second half and completed 13 of 15 passes for 95 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, including the game-winning touchdown pass with four seconds remaining as the Steelers won 32-25.

It was very special,” Pickett said, via TheAthletic.com. “The whole night was special. I’ve been here for so long, but I’ve never been able to go to a Steelers game, and the first one I have as an NFL player, to finish that way in that stadium with a lot of family and friends there was awesome.”

The other two quarterbacks in the Steelers’ three-man competition, Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph, also played well. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after the game that he was pleased with how all three of his quarterbacks played. But he had to be particularly pleased with Pickett, who looked every bit the first-round pick he was.

34 responses to “Kenny Pickett impresses in preseason debut

  1. All rookies will go through some growing pains but it was clearly evident who the best year one QB was in Preseason Week 1. For me Pickett was easily the best QB coming out this year when you watch the film. Most people tried to say Malik Willis or Corral but I didnt think so.

  2. Rudolph or Trubisky may get traded to a QB needy team by the start of the regular season. I watched this game, it’s early and preseason but was surprised how well they played. Makes a big difference to have QB’s that are mobile when compared to Big Ben.

  3. Called him being the best QB in the Draft and he was fantastic last night. He is going to be really good

  4. Looks like Mason Rudolph is the odd man out even though he knows the system. I doubt Rudolph would agree to be the emergency QB game day inactive as a healthy scratch. Mitchell Trubisky will start with Kenny Pickett as backup. Release or trade Mason Rudolph.

  5. The steelers were smart in the play calls for his first few passes. Nothing called to fail, good move for a rookie QB.

  6. Tomlin always game plans for his pre-season opponents; makes his team look good. Then reality hits when the season starts….

  7. I know he had a serious injury early in his final year but it’s still hard to see George Pickens lasting til late the second round. All the training camp races appear to be true.

    He may get people to quickly forget JuJu and even AB.

  8. A lot of guys look great against 4th stringers and future practice squad players. Temper your excitement, he’s buried on depth chart for a reason. He may end up being great but don’t crown him for a 4th quarter TD in the preseason game one.

  9. Pickett realized how fast those 3rd string linemen are a couple times when he decided to scramble. Can’t out run them like he did in college.

  10. Yes it is only a preseason game,and nobody gameplans preseason.You have to remember Pickett was going against 3rd stringers,WITH 3rd stringers.Pickett to Pickens.George Pickens is the real deal!Keep an eye on Mason Rudolph,he’s a better QB than he gets credit for.

  11. Pickett looked good, but keep in mind that he was playing against Seattle’s 3rd and 4th strings.

    This is the pre-season. I never get excited about it, especially after, the Browns went 4-0 in 2017..then followed that up with 0-16 in the regular season.

  12. Nfl network cut this game in the 2nd half to put on Denver/dallas. At 1st they had both games on which was ok for preseason. Then they went full dallas… I only got to see Pickett’s 1st series. Poor production by the nfl. I’ll have to catch a replay.

  13. Meanwhile, the Biscuit collects $6+m guaranteed in 2022. Not bad work if you can find it.

  14. While it is better to look good in a preseason game against players who mostly won’t make the roster, anyone that puts any store in that is showing his ignorance. He may be a fantastic QB going forward, but until he plays a real game it means less than nothing

  15. All 3 qbs looked good last night but Got to do it vs top competition. I expect mistakes from Pickett but I also expect good qb play. I’d keep all 3 qbs.

  16. If you can’t succeed in Pittsburgh you probably won’t succeed anywhere else.

  17. Trubisky looked really good. Guy has wheels. Like Pickett’s decision making and reads. That is Rudolph weakness

  18. Trubisky was in the game for a grand total of 12 offensive plays, 5 of which were called running plays. All of those against the Seattle 1st string defense. And everybody credits him for looking really really good. What would he have looked like had he gotten an entire half, against the Seahawks #3 and #4 depth defenses??

    We m gonna guess that Tomlin needs a few more games where his “template” spreads the workload around better and mixes up how much work each QB gets against real regular season defenses before this thing settles down.

  19. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    August 14, 2022 at 4:57 pm
    Kenny Pickett > Every Jets QB since Joe Nameth

  20. To those who say he was playing against “the bottom of the roster”, don’t forget he was also playing with “the bottom of the roster”.

  21. If a team goes3-0 in the pre-season, it usually means the GM needs to sell some tickets.


  22. whycantiloginanymore says:
    August 14, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    While it is better to look good in a preseason game against players who mostly won’t make the roster, anyone that puts any store in that is showing his ignorance. He may be a fantastic QB going forward, but until he plays a real game it means less than nothing”

    That’s just not true. Many a QB has met his end in the first preseason game, though perhaps not immediately. A couple of mis-reads, interceptions, fumbles, etc.show plenty. Poise, leadership and execution can be also be shown regardless of the competitions’ level. Sounds like Pickett is ready for the big stage, though certainly as a rookie, in need of some good old NFL seasoning.

  23. Trubisky & Rudolph are going to play rock paper scissors to decide which one will end up being traded.

  24. stupidsays says:
    August 14, 2022 at 11:03 am
    Yes it is only a preseason game,and nobody gameplans preseason.You have to remember Pickett was going against 3rd stringers,WITH 3rd stringers.Pickett to Pickens.George Pickens is the real deal!Keep an eye on Mason Rudolph,he’s a better QB than he gets credit for.
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    The Steelers know exactly what they have in Rudolph. Why do you think they went out and signed Trubisky and also drafted a QB in the first round?

  25. kgbinc says:
    August 14, 2022 at 6:12 pm
    To those who say he was playing against “the bottom of the roster”, don’t forget he was also playing with “the bottom of the roster”.
    ======================
    That’s true, but don’t forget that playing on offense is a lot easier than playing on defense. Every player on offense (should) already know where they are going, and why.

  26. Most good young QB’s get drafted to really bad teams who just cleaned house, and have a brand new coaching staff, and new schemes on both sides of the ball. They join a team where everyone in the huddle, on both sides of the ball are trying to learn completely new schemes. Also, the coaches aren’t at all familiar with any of their players, so they’re learning what each player can and can’t do within their scheme. There’s an adjustment period, and it’s different depending on lots of things. On the other hand, every once in a while, we see a great young QB get drafted to a good team. A team that’s been winning, and a coaching staff that has been together for years. Everyone in the huddle knows their assignment. We’ve seen this when Big Ben joined the Steelers and had immediate success. Same deal when Mahomes joined KC. Trey Lance is in a good spot in San Francisco. Now Pickett gets put in a great spot. I’m not one to make an instant evaluation based on a pre-season game, so I won’t. I did think Pickett should have been the overall #1 pick, but we’ll know more in a year or two.

  27. Hopefully Tomlin continues to not see the obvious. Just name Rudolph QB1 and leave him there lol

  28. I dont read much into pre-season games. But this a lot better than hearing coaches try to excuse a bad performance.

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