Kenny Pickett: Decision-making not where I need to be, will continue to get better

NFL: NOV 13 Saints at Steelers
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Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett started and finished a win for the first time in last Sunday’s 20-10 victory over the Saints and he did it by avoiding some of the mistakes that have plagued him in previous games.

Pickett threw four interceptions in his previous two starts, but didn’t turn the ball over at all while going 18-of-30 for 199 yards and running eight times for 51 yards and a touchdown. Those positives would have likely shined even brighter if three trips into New Orleans territory didn’t end in field goal attempts. Pickett was sacked before each of those attempts — Matthew Wright missed two of them — and that’s part of what he needs to clean up as a decision maker in the future.

“It’s going to continue to get better,” Pickett said, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m nowhere where I need or want to be. It’s a day at a time. There are things we liked that I’ve done that I can continue to improve on. There are things I can get a lot better at. It’s knowing what those things are and finding that out and going and attacking it.”

At 3-6, the Steelers face an uphill climb if they’re going to challenge for a winning record this season but any result will be easier to swallow if it comes with the kind of growth from Pickett that makes the future look brighter than the present.

8 responses to “Kenny Pickett: Decision-making not where I need to be, will continue to get better

  1. His growth and development has been phenomenal. He is really starting to look like one of the top tier quarterbacks out there, and he will only continue to get better. He’s already the best QB in the AFC North.

  2. It would help if that crappy ‘offensive’ line actually gave him time to make a decision…

  3. Not everyone can be a like a young Big Ben running around and shrugging off defensive players. A few more judicious throw aways and realizing that the ‘open’ window in the pros is much smaller than in college and Pickett will be a good quarterback.

  4. Don’t ruin this kid, Steelers. I think they should have stuck with Trubisky and given him more time to develop (and built a better team for him to develop in). He’s in real danger of getting stuck in the mud long term, like Lawrence, Wilson, Jones before him.

  5. I like him, but for those of us who were actual adults in 2004, Ben as QB made it seem like the Steelers would be in every game. Even until his last regular season game, Ben still had some of that magic. With Pickett, he looks good, but doesn’t elevate the team.

  6. There is a reason why Kenny “Wicked” Pickett is the frontrunner in the ROTY (Rookie Of The Year) discussion. He is a dual threat who leads ALL rookie quarterbacks in passing AND rushing! GO STEELERS!

  7. “but for those of us who were actual adults in 2004, Ben as QB made it seem like the Steelers would be in every game”
    Comparing him to Ben isn’t realistic.
    Ben had an above avg line, a HOF RB and a top Defense. He didn’t have to throw the ball more than 25 times a game. Kenny’s had to do it multiple times already. This team isn’t close to what Ben worked with.

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