Three days into coaching camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, a lot of the eye, hopes and desires of the Steelers’ probabilities in 2022 continues to seemingly journey on each throw that Mitch Trubisky, Mason Rudolph and Kenny Pickett makes within the three-way quarterback competitors.
While the Steelers’ coaches and gamers have downplayed the importance of the battle and the success or failures rep to rep by the three, it’s nonetheless definitely price following carefully all through camp and the upcoming preseason.
So far, reps and pecking order stay the identical with Trubisky, the prized veteran free agent signing, holding down the highest spot with the first-team offense. Rudolph, the incumbent fifth-year Steeler, continues to impress by means of three days whereas largely enjoying with the second group, whereas Pickett continues to carry down third-team reps and has had an up and down begin to his first-ever camp.
Though the pecking order has remained the identical since OTAs and minicamp, it’s a a lot nearer competitors than many anticipated coming into coaching camp. Prior to the Steelers reporting to Latrobe earlier within the week, the frequent perception regionally and nationally was that Trubisky can be the beginning quarterback in Week 1 on the street towards the Cincinnati Bengals, and that Rudolph and Pickett actually didn’t have a lot of an opportunity of convincing the teaching workers in any other case.
Mitch Trubisky: 7/11, 102 yards
Mason Rudolph: 7/12 41 yards 2 TDs
Kenny Pickett: 4/8 22 yards
— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) July 30, 2022
Three days in although, Trubisky’s foothold on the highest spot isn’t as sturdy because it seemingly as soon as was primarily based on the play at camp. Still, CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin raised a question Thursday concerning the Steelers’ quarterback competitors, asking if Trubisky was going to coast to the Steelers’ beginning job, highlighting the competitors as the highest camp story up to now for the black and gold.
“Every indication out of Pittsburgh thus far has been that Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears castoff who’s started all of nine games the last two years, is basically a lock to open 2022 under center as Ben Roethlisberger’s successor. Which is fine, considering he’s been a full-timer before, as opposed to rookie Kenny Pickett,” Benjamin writes for CBS Sports. “And definitely the setup for Trubisky is best than what he typically had in Chicago; leaning on Najee Harris, an improved line and feisty protection would possibly really enable the QB to play spoiler. But the Steelers nonetheless made Pickett the twentieth participant picked in the whole 2022 draft class — the primary Day 1 QB they’ve chosen since Big Ben himself.
“Is he really that incapable of stealing the job early? Or has Trubisky been that composed?”
To his credit score, Benjamin is an excellent author total, one that may be a very sensible soccer thoughts. He’s simply not studying this competitors appropriately — in any respect.
Through three days of coaching camp, that has not been the indication total concerning Trubisky and the beginning job, particularly with Rudolph off to a comparatively sturdy begin in camp. Surprisingly, Benjamin doesn’t point out Rudolph in any respect, who’s rather more of a risk for the beginning job in comparison with Pickett, who has but to garner even a single first-team rep in camp.
It’s nonetheless early, to be honest, however Trubisky doesn’t have a stranglehold on the beginning job. It’s really an open competitors, at the very least between Trubisky and Rudolph, identical to head coach Mike Tomlin and then-GM Kevin Colbert indicated it could be all offseason. That actually shouldn’t come as a shock.
Pickett’s standing within the competitors proper now has nothing to do with him being “incapable” or something like that by which Benjamin could also be trying to recommend. The Steelers are very clearly bringing him alongside slowly, permitting him to get his toes beneath him and taking the strain off of him total, contemplating he’s the massive shiny new piece within the Steel City.
Trubisky hasn’t fairly achieved something unsuitable to lose that perceived foothold on the job, it was simply by no means fairly that lower and dry and plenty of believed by studying too far into OTA and minicamp reps total. We’ll see how issues proceed to play out in Latrobe on the quarterback place. Make no mistake about it although: it’s a real competitors, one which one of the best performer will win honest and sq..