PITTSBURGH – The Steelers signed former first-round draft pick Mitch Trubisky to a two-year deal back in March, but everyone knew Pittsburgh’s search for Ben Roethlisberger’s replacement was far from over.
Most of it has to do with Trubisky’s NFL pedigree, which by and large, isn’t great. He’s viewed more as a bridge quarterback than a savior. But at the same time, he was the most athletically gifted quarterback on the roster and had the most experience, by far. Plus, he was a great fit for Matt Canada’s offensive scheme.
Based off that, it’s easy to see why Trubisky was considered the favorite to win the Steelers’ starting quarterback gig in 2022.
But that all changed when the Steelers took Kenny Pickett with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Now, everyone is wondering if Pickett will receive the opportunity to overtake Trubisky as the starting quarterback by the time the 2022 season rolls around.
According to Mike Tomlin, Pickett will absolutely get the chance to win the job. The Steelers head coach said as much during a Saturday interview on NFL Network.
#Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on @NFLNetwork is asked if Kenny Pickett has a chance to be his starter Week 1: “Yeah he certainly has a chance. … We felt he came ready made and hopefully that’s an asset to him being ready — if performance dictates."— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 30, 2022
The Steelers’ quarterback competition will be a fun battle to watch
Tomlin’s comments and reasoning make sense, but what will make this competition fun to watch is how similar Pickett and Trubisky are when it comes to play style. Both are good fits for Canada’s offense and Pickett played in a pro-style offense at Pitt. Meaning, he’s not some raw rookie who played in a spread system or something like that.
The best part about the acquisition of both quarterbacks is the Steelers avoided trading away draft capital in the process. So, the Steelers not only have two substantial options at QB1, but they didn’t have to go outside their means to acquire them.
So far, so good when it comes to the first year of life after Big Ben.
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