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Kenny Pickett continues to produce a strong case to be the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starting quarterback this year.
The rookie played the complete third quarter and area of the fourth quarter in Pittsburgh’s 19-9 preseason finale make an impression on the Detroit Lions on Sunday, finishing 10-of-14 for 90 yards. He didn’t turn the ball over and he wasn’t sacked, leading the Steelers to 1 drive that led to a field goal and another that led to a missed field goal.
He also spun some absolute gems:
While Pickett and Pittsburgh’s backups missed the finish zone, it had been another impressive performance from the young quarterback, and much more when compared to a few folks were singing his praises on Twitter:
Zac Celedonia @ZeFlashNFL
alright 9 minutes left in the preseason cool Id start kenny pickett off what Ive seen from practices and camp. Personally i think 100% confident for the reason that decision and don’t think at all mitch showed enough to be starting. Pickett gives this team an improved chance at this time as a rookie
It will likely be a hardcore decision for Mike Tomlin heading in to the season. Mitch Trubisky didn’t do anything to reduce the starting job on Sunday, finishing 15-of-19 for 160 yards, a touchdown and two sacks taken. He led the Steelers on four scoring drives and a 16-0 lead at the half.
Until recently, the overall feeling has been that Trubisky would start the growing season because the starterand certainly, the truth that he played the initial half with Pittsburgh’s starters on Sunday backs up that beliefbut it’s clear that Pickett’s impressive preseason has him making inroads.
Unlike some quarterback competitions round the league, which are indications that teams don’t possess an individual solid option, the Steelers’ quarterback battle is an excellent thing. Trubisky, brought along as a free of charge agent this offseason ostensibly to become a bridge option between your retired Ben Roethlisberger and a player like Pickett, has played sufficiently to claim that he would be considered a deserving option.
And Pickett, the team’s first-round pick, already looks with the capacity of running an NFL offense. It could appear he’s before schedule, and certainly contrary to the Lions he just as before looked a lot more than ready for the big stage.
Frankly, the Steelers probably have bigger issues, namely with the five players tasked with protecting either Trubisky or Pickett:
Luckily, they avoided a significant scare on Sunday after superstar edge-rusher T.J. Watt and top wideout Diontae Johnson left the overall game with what finished up being minor injuries:
Overall, a good final preseason game for the Steelers. Now, Tomlin is tasked with making the huge decision which player will run his offense this year. Trubisky may be the front-runner, but lots of folks believe Pickett is ready for the duty.