Kenny Pickett: Gaining complete ownership of the system is what I really want to do

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Kenny Pickett was the only quarterback selected in the first round of the 2022 draft.

In a 12-start sample size, Pickett looks like he can grow into being a franchise QB.

Pickett finished the season completing 63 percent of his passes for 2,404 yards with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions. He helped pilot the club to comeback victories over Las Vegas and Baltimore in Weeks 16 and 17 before a more thorough beating of Cleveland to end his rookie campaign.

As he enters his first offseason as a pro, Pickett said in an interview with Dale Lolley of the team’s website that taking “full ownership of the offense” is the next step he wants to take over the course of the offseason. While Pickett didn’t say it, that’s a process made easier given that Matt Canada will return as the team’s offensive coordinator.

“When I first started this season, it was ‘Alright, I get to play. A, B, C, the basics, and move on to the next play.’ Now, the more comfortable you get, you’re seeing things a step faster,” Picket said. “You’re taking advantage of alert plays in the system that you can get more shot plays from.

“They’re giving me more responsibility from that aspect of it and giving me the green light to go do more things. I think complete ownership of the system is really what I want to do. And that will take our offense to the next level.”

Pickett acknowledged the ups and downs of his first year with the Steelers, but noted that the experience he gained late in the year should pay off in the future.

“I learned from the negatives early on and kind of eliminated them in the second half of the season, protecting the football, taking a lot of pride in that, putting points on the board, and just finding ways to win games.

“Down the stretch, the two-minute [drills], learning how to do that at the pro level as opposed to the college level, there are different rules, the stoppage of the clock after first downs, things like that. There were things I was learning early on, and I was kind of eliminating those things in the second half. That’s what I was most proud of.”

If Pickett can take that significant jump from Year One to Year Two, then the Steelers might really make some noise in the competitive AFC North in 2023.

18 responses to “Kenny Pickett: Gaining complete ownership of the system is what I really want to do

  1. A future star. Steelers should give him every opportunity, and the weapons to be successful. Has a chance to be a top-10 QB — soon.

  2. The game hasn’t even entirely slowed down for him yet and he is throwing it well. He has a little bit of chemistry with Pickens. Calvin Austin will be coming around and I expect a little more protection could be coming in the draft with an o line pick. Either way with two first round picks a cb or an ILB would be great as well!

  3. dolphins2cool says:
    Kenny I really throw way too many Picketts… 🤪😵🥴
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    five of his interceptions went through receivers hands
    watch the games

  4. But all the armchair doctors say that he can’t pickup the offense due to two documented concussions his rookie season. He should just retire like Tua right?

  5. lastwordonpft says:
    January 20, 2023 at 2:10 pm
    dolphins2cool says:
    Kenny I really throw way too many Picketts… 🤪😵🥴
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    five of his interceptions went through receivers hands
    watch the games

    Roethlisberger never made excuses for his poor play. Watch the games… 🙄🤣

  6. He’s definitely trending in the right direction. I like how he didn’t flinch in those close games vs the Raiders and Ravens. If he can play better than Matt Canada coordinates, maybe the offense can make some noise. A better o-line would help quite a but as well.

  7. dolphins2cool says:
    Roethlisberger never made excuses for his poor play. Watch the games… 🙄🤣
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    Neither does Kenny Pickett…I was just pointing out facts…

  8. patswinners says:
    No way this dude is going to have a better career than Mac Jones.
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    LOLOLOLOLOLOL
    Thanks…I needed that…

  9. patswinners says:
    January 20, 2023 at 3:24 pm
    No way this dude is going to have a better career than Mac Jones.
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    He already has. Mac Jones is a scrub, a second year bust, a crybaby and a cheap shot artist.

  10. I really hope Pickett sets the bar higher than Mac Jones. Talk about settling for mediocrity – yeesh.

  11. I just want him to actually put together more than one good drive per game, let’s start there. Anyone pretending that the Steelers struggles early and then resurgence later in the year is because of Pickett is fooling themselves. TJ Watt was injured early and they sucked as a result, he came back and they started winning it’s not any more complicated than that. I want Pickett to become a solid QB too, but anyone celebrating like this guy has turned a corner and is on his way to the top is lying to themselves, we haven’t actually seen it yet.

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