Reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala has dropped a big claim with regards to the quarterback situation of the Pittsburgh Steelers with Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett.
The Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in a position that they haven’t been in since the 2005 offseason, going into camp without Ben Roethlisberger leading the way and as the expected man under centre for the upcoming season.
Following his retirement the Steelers picked up former Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky as a free agent before picking up the University of Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett with the #20 pick in April’s NFL Draft.
With high expectations in the Steel City, and with plenty of people wondering when the team could make a run towards contending for a Super Bowl, deciding who takes the snaps this season is a pretty important one for the team to make.
A chance to show what they’re made of
With OTAs underway, it’s a great chance for players like Pickett and Trubisky to really get to know their new teammates as they gradually start to gear up and get ready for the new season as they begin to take snaps and throw to their receivers.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has said that he expects to see a ‘fierce competition’ between not only Trubisky and Pickett but also Mason Rudolph to take on the spot, and that nobody will ‘take a backseat’ during the offseason work.
An early front-runner emerging?
The biggest sign of who is the current ‘leader in the clubhouse’ is always who takes the majority of first-team snaps during practice and now the players have a chance to do just that, but with their just being one spot on the field available, even though it’s an open competition, someone has to start off as the de facto number 1.
And according to Aditi Kinkhabwala, that number one at the moment is set to be Trubisky, and Pickett is going to have to do something special in order to take that away from him in these early stages:
Our great insider @AKinkhabwala on @937theFan on the Steelers QB situation: "I think Trubisky will get the first team reps at OTAs. Pickett would need to completely blow them away to be installed as QB1."— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) May 23, 2022
This was probably to be expected given the fact that Trubisky has more experience in the league, having been a starter for the majority of his four seasons with the Bears. Now we just wait to see what Pickett has in his pocket going forward to see if he can eventually dethrone Trubisky.