NFL Films’ Greg Cosell is one most respected analysts in the nation when it comes to football, so I think it’s probably listening to what he has to say about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback situation.

Cosell broke down Kenny Pickett and Mitch Trubisky’s performances against the Seattle Seahawks in Pittsburgh’s preseason opener.

And he viewed the two quarterbacks a bit differently.

Here are the positives about Pickett that Cosell pointed out (via

  • Pickett has the look and feel of a pocket QB: Strong in the pocket, decisive with his reads and throws, consistently precise ball placement.
  • Pickett is a good athlete with strong second reaction movement ability, There are times he breaks down in the pocket too early.
  • There is a mental and physical toughness to Pickett’s game that continually shows up on film.
Aug 13, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) is pressured by Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Myles Adams (95) and linebacker Joshua Onujiogu (49) during the fourth quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

While Cosell praised Pickett, he’s a bit more critical of Mitch Trubisky:

  • Olszewski 13 yard TD was [a] great example of Trubisky not getting a clear picture to his read side where Sims was wide open on the curl route and then Pickens open on the shallow crosser from the back side, Trubisky broke down with no pressure and left the pocket to his left hitting wide open Olszewski versus Seahawks busted coverage.
  • Trubisky showed a tendency to be impatient in the pocket, He was too quick to break down and move.

For now, Trubisky is still expected to be the Steelers’ starting quarterback when Pittsburgh opens the season on September 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Pickett, however, is making things interesting after his solid preseason debut against the Seahawks (which included a game-winning touchdown pass).

Pickett has more upside than Trubisky. I’d say it’s not a matter of “if” Pickett takes the job, but “when” will he take the job?

It’s certainly not out of the question that Pickett could emerge from preseason action as QB1 for the Steelers.

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