The Pittsburgh Steelers named their young rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett, who made his first NFL appearance against the New York Jets in Week 4, as their Week 5 starter against the Buffalo Bills. This was announced on Tuesday by head coach Mike Tomlin.
Pickett, 24, was selected by the Steelers in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. They signed former Chicago Bears/Buffalo Bills quarterback Mitch Trubisky to be their off-season starter, but as Pickett bided his time, it became clear that Trubisky was only a short-term decision, not a long-term one. plans.
The short game ended for Trubisky on Sunday when Tomlin sent him to the bench after the break in a 24-20 loss to the Jets. Pickett started the second half and completed 10 of 13 passes for 120 yards by the end of the game, as well as three interceptions, one of which was on his very first throw. He also had six carries for 15 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
As to why Tomlin decided it was time for Pickett to get his first NFL fight, he said after the game that the team needed a “spark”. However, he did not name Pickett as a starter at that point.
Clearly, after some thought, things have changed for the Steelers. Everyone already knows who Trubisky is, so why not try a new guy who can give the team a better chance of winning? It’s better to look to the future than stand firm on Trubisky’s side and say “it’s okay” when there are other options available.
Steelers fans may be in awe of Pickett right now, but Pittsburgh’s upcoming schedule is extremely unforgiving. He will make his first NFL start against the Bills, one of the top teams in the league, and then face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6, the Miami Dolphins in Week 7 and the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8. th week. All four of these teams are assassins. But at least at the end of this bout, the Steelers will have some time to relax, as they said goodbye in Week 9.