Kenny Pickett’s mini camp reviews are not what Steelers fans want to hear

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Pittsburgh Steelers fans will not love the latest update from Kenny Pickett’s first go-around at the team mini camp, and it’s not even his fault.

It’s important to begin this story by measuring expectations: Pickett was considered pro-ready, and Steelers fans are used to nearly two decades of stable, if not great, quarterback play.

While Ben Roethlisberger is retired, he has been considered a resource for Pickett and Mitchell Trubisky should they need it. Still, some reports suggest that Mason Rudolph, of all players, has been the most impressive so far.

“Wherever he landed in the rep picking order, Rudolph looked the best of the four quarterbacks,” wrote Mark Kaboly of The Athletic. “Sure, you mock that performance, but Rudolph has spent the last three weeks at least putting himself into the conversation of being part of the fight, even though it’s still a long shot.”

Steelers: Kenny Pickett has received suboptimal reviews so far

Of course, that does not mean that Pickett has looked bad. Maybe he just has more competition ahead of him than other positions. And it’s fair – quarterback is the most important position in professional football with a long shot. Pittsburgh brought in Trubisky and kept Rudolph around for a reason. This is an open competition.

Per Andrew Fillipponi from 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, Pickett actually has very little chance of winning the starting job in training camp.

Now whether that reflects how he has behaved so far is still unknown. It could also mean that Rudolph and Trubisky have impressed so far or simply have a head start – as in many years of NFL experience – that Pickett does not yet have.

However, the Kendrick Green note is worrying. As an offensive lineman tasked with protecting Pickett or whoever is now behind center Week 1, Green was awful last season. While Green is still young, it should be Steelers’ top priority to keep Trubisky, Rudolph or Pickett upright.

Starting a player like Green may not be a good sign unless he has made some big offseason changes.





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