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Should the Steelers use rookie QB Kenny Pickett this season?

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of Pittsburgh Steelers Hasn’t named a starting quarterback for 2022 yet NFL Season.

Head coach Mike Tomlin has three options: Mitchell Trubisky, Mason Rudolph and Kenny Pickett. Free agent Trubisky is entering his sixth season in the NFL. Rudolph enters his fifth generation. Pickett is new.

Is it a smart move to go with a rookie signal caller?

Pittsburgh’s rival Cincinnati Bengals selected LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Cincinnati rolled with Burrow at center until he suffered a season-ending knee injury in November 2020. Burrow and the Bengals bounced back from a 4-11-1 campaign last season by winning his AFC North and advancing to the Super Bowl.

During the airing of “The Herd” on Friday, Colin Cowherd referred to the Bengals and Burrow as models, explained why the Steelers needed to roll with the pickets, and offered quarterbacks a way to find themselves. He argued that it was the best method.

“You have to screw up Kenny Pickett,” Cowherd said. “Get him to start and stink. If he starts this year, he’ll be in four games. You’ll want to fill the tape. He’ll rally in the fourth quarter. He’ll throw a pick six.” He’s not as good as Burrow, so it’s going to get worse. But like Burrow, he’s got some weapons. And like Burrow, What he’s dealing with is a bad offensive line.

“He’ll run, he’ll run for his life, but you’ve got to make young people fail.”

Why the Steelers should let Kenny Pickett learn on the job

Colin Cowherd explains why the Steelers need to “fail” rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett in his rookie season.

The Steelers picked Pickett out of Pittsburgh with the 20th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. He finished his 2021 college football season with 4,319 passing yards and 42 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and a quarterback rate of 165.3 with a pass completion rate of 67.2%. He also recorded 241 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns. Pickett finished third in Heisman Trophy voting.

In two preseason games for the Steelers, Pickett averaged 85.5 passing yards and 1.5 passing touchdowns per game, completing 86.2% of his passes. If he starts, Pickett will have strong pass-catching options, including wide receivers Dionte Johnson, Chase Claypool, George Pickens and tight end Pat Freihermuth.

The Steelers finished second in the AFC North last season 9-7-1, but lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Wild Card Round. Longtime quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement after the season.

Cowherd feels Pickett’s development should be a priority for the Steelers in 2022.

“We have to give Kenny Pickett a lot of bad Sundays,” Cowherd said. “Don’t put Trubisky in there. Now, if you want Trubisky to start in the first few games, fine. But when you put Kenny in, you’re going to have a streak that has never been lower than Mike Tomlin’s . To keep it, don’t bring Trubisky back.This year may be the year I’ll be 6 to 11 years old, but it’s going to be an invaluable experience.I’m really looking forward to it.”

The Steelers wrap up their preseason on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.


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