A former Pittsburgh Steelers player believes that Kenny Pickett can be the next Joe Burrow.
Arthur Moats, who played for Pittsburgh from 2014 to 2017, said on Tuesday on 93.7 The Fan that Pickett can make every throw that Burrow can make.
Moats also said that Pickett isn’t that far off from Burrow.
Outstanding Steelers analyst @dabody52 on @937thefan: "Can Kenny Pickett make every throw Joe Burrow can make? Absolutely. Including that spinning throw Burrow made in the snow pregame in Buffalo…I don't think he's far off [from Burrow]."— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) January 24, 2023
Arthur knows his stuff.
We definitely saw a lot of good things from Pickett in 2022. And considering the limitations of the offense — Matt Canada, despite returning in 2023, isn’t a great offensive coordinator — Pickett looked like a quarterback that can climb his way into the upper echelon of signal callers in the NFL.
But I’m not sure Pickett needs to be put in the same conversation with Burrow just yet. He still has a lot to prove.
And while I agree with Moats that he can make the same throws as Burrow, that’s not what’s going to determine if Pickett becomes a superstar.
Burrow isn’t the most physically talented quarterback in the NFL. Aaron Rodgers is more accurate, Patrick Mahomes is more dynamic, Josh Allen is faster and stronger, etc.
What makes Burrow good is his unreal leadership abilities and his confidence. Plus his ability to stay when things go terribly wrong. It’s what made Tom Brady a legend.
I’m not saying Pickett doesn’t have those traits — I think we’ve seen hints of some of those things already. But he still has to prove it.
Burrow wasn’t Burrow after his first year in the league. He took a massive step forward during his second season in the NFL.
We’ll see in 2023 if Pickett can take that same step. Then it’ll be a better time to have this conversation.
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