Kenny Pickett takes second-team practice reps as part of the team’s “plan”

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George Pickens has created a buzz, but then, so has Kenny Pickett. The rookie quarterback threw the game-winning touchdown pass with three seconds remaining in his preseason debut, finishing 13-of-15 for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

In Monday’s practice, Pickett took the majority of second-team reps.

The Steelers insisted it wasn’t a promotion, but rather part of the plan.

“Yeah, we’ve got a system in place,” Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada said, via Mark Kaboly of “Coach, we’ve had this thing mapped out since I don’t know when. We’ll continue to stay right on our plan and see where it goes.”

The “plan” is what coach Mike Tomlin announced the Steelers would put together shortly after signing Mitchell Trubisky and drafting Pickett with the 20th overall pick. No aside from Tomlin, Canada and quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan seems to know what the “plan” is beyond Trubisky taking the first-team reps in preparation for the season opener.

Mason Rudolph was the second quarterback to play in the first preseason game, replacing Trubisky on the third series. Pickett played the second half, seeing the most snaps among the three quarterbacks with 32.

“The plan is the plan,” Canada said. “But how you play does matter. I don’t act like we’re just going to stick to it no matter what happens. Don’t pencil me into saying something like that. But we have a plan, and until something drastically changes it, we’re going to continue to methodically go through our plan as we see it. Obviously, there’s unbelievable urgency every day.”

5 responses to “Kenny Pickett takes second-team practice reps as part of the team’s “plan”

  1. Anyone who thinks there is a chance Pickett is any lower than #2 on the depth chart doesn’t understand how reps are given out in practice.

  2. Prior to the draft, the Steelers had two quality NFL QB’s. I’m not sure they planned to draft a QB. They very well might have had Pickett rated as the #1 overall player in the draft, and it could be that they were shocked that he fell all the way to them. They might not have been thinking they’d get another HOF QB so soon after losing Big Ben. So, now it’s just a matter of getting Pickett ready. I’m sure they’ll eventually come up with a strategy to deal with the other two QB’s. But right now, they’re just trying to have an answer to Joe Burrow, and they’re probably happy at what they’re seeing. Maybe even more than happy. However they’re dealing with their 3 QB’s this pre-season will soon be forgotten.

  3. The hope was always Pickett would show enough to be No. 2 so they could trade Mason and keep Olokudon, the other QB pick as the inactive third/scout team guy.

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