Mike Tomlin might be getting around to the idea of giving rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett his very first NFL promotion. After playing Pickett as the Steelers’ third-string QB during the initial phases of the offseason and the first week of training camp, the first-rounder got second-team reps on Monday.
That’s right, during both the “Seven Shots” drill and 11-on-11 drills, the rookie got his chance.
That’s certainly a big development for Pickett after being shut out of the “Seven Shots” portion of practice last week.
That being said, none of the three quarterbacks completed a pass during the Steelers’ emblematic drill. The offense did get two scores in run plays. Mason Rudolph finished the day without an attempt.
To recap 7 shots— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 1, 2022
Trubisky: 0/2, Harris scored one, stopped short on other
Rudolph: 0/0, but RB scored
Pickett’s second-team status remained when the team moved on to 11-on-11 drills. Per Brooke Pryor from ESPN, he stood out on a dart over the middle on a pass caught by Miles Boykin.
Pickett getting 2nd team reps in first 11 on 11 live period.— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) August 1, 2022
Mike Tomlin is in a tough spot to be in as a head coach. How much can he “hand” Pickett? How many second (or first) team reps can he spend on Mitchell Trubisky or Rudolph while they could be used in the rookie’s development?
This is uncharted territory for a coach that’s had a Hall of Fame quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger since taking over the team in 2007.
Predictions from experts on when Pickett will start range widely.
NFL teams have faced the question of how to develop a quarterback properly for the longest time and the truth is there is no right answer.
It’s the most recent challenge for one of the league’s best head coaches. As training camp advances, we’ll see how his approach to his quarterbacks’ reps evolves.
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