The Pittsburgh Steelers are a long way from their season-opening win against the Cincinnati Bengals. They have dropped three straight games, falling to last place in the AFC North.

During their loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, the Steelers made the switch at quarterback from veteran Mitch Trubisky to first-round pick Kenny Pickett. Things didn’t go as planned for the rookie seeing as he threw three interceptions. However, former Steelers’ quarterback and future Hall of Famer, Ben Roethlisberger, gave Pickett some encouragement after his first outing.

Roethlisberger mentioned on his podcast that he texted Pickett after the game and told him to keep his spirits up going forward.

“At the end of the day, just a tough one,” Roethlisberger said.

Trubisky was brought in by the Steelers in March. After drafting Pickett, it was clear that Trubisky would be the guy until Pickett got further along in his development. As it turns out, the Trubisky experiment only lasted four games, and while Roethlisberger reached out to support Pickett, he isn’t sure that was the way to go.

“But in my opinion, I didn’t know that it needed to happen,” said Roethlisberger. “But, Mike’s the coach. He did it. It seemed like it energized.”

The former Pittsburgh Panther did provide some electric moments despite the Steelers falling to 1-3. Pickett’s two touchdown runs came in the third quarter and gave the Steelers a 10-point lead. However, his turnovers were too much for the Steelers to overcome.

Pickett finished 120 yards passing and two scores against the Jets which is similar to Roethlisberger who had 176 yards and two scores in his first appearance as a rookie, and two interceptions as well, which led to a loss. So, seeing as Roethlisberger went on to win his next 13 starts that season, he’s the perfect guy for Pickett to listen to.

Pickett has the juice now, and eyes will be watching to see if he progresses fast enough to turn the Steelers’ season around.

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