Mike Tomlin has confidence in Kenny Pickett as a frontrunner. For the subsequent couple of weeks, he needs to judge him as a quarterback. Of course, these two issues can go hand-in-hand. But to be the starter, Pickett’s going to must make performs as soon as the ball is snapped, not simply impress earlier than and after. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Tomlin stated he’s not involved about any questions over Pickett’s skill to guide the group.
“I’m not overly concerned about that narrative,” he said via the team website. “I think that when you’re 22, 23, 24 years old and you’ve been playing quarterback all your life, you understand those informal responsibilities that come with the position.”
Pickett entered the 2022 NFL Draft as an older quarterback for the place after spending 5 years at Pitt. He thought of getting into final 12 months’s draft however determined to return for a ultimate season. It proved to be the correct determination, throwing for 42 touchdowns and simply seven interceptions, all whereas main the Panthers to an 11-win season. He was rewarded by changing into the primary QB drafted, taken by the Steelers twentieth general.
Now, he’ll compete with veterans Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph for the beginning job. After operating with the one’s in the course of the spring, Trubisky is poised to enter the summer season because the starter, however he’s not sewn up the beginning job. Tomlin outlined a number of the baseline issues Pickett can do to impress this camp.
“I’m more concerned about tangible things; accuracy, taking care of the ball and things of that nature.”
Accuracy and ball safety are the 2 most necessary parts of basic QB play. Turning the soccer over is a fast option to take away your self from competitors whereas Matt Canada has preached “RAC” (run after catch) throws for his offense, permitting receivers the prospect to make performs post-catch. Even issues so simple as having clear heart/quarterback and quarterback/operating again/vast receiver exchanges. Balls that hit the bottom end in useless performs, there aren’t any pile-ups throughout observe, and turn out to be wasted moments.
Leadership is a crucial high quality of quarterback play and the Steelers have a management void with the lack of Ben Roethlisberger and a excessive quantity of offensive line turnover. But Tomlin is assured Pickett’s confirmed he can verify that field.
“I watched him do it next door in terms of leading his guys and being what we need quarterbacks to be. I don’t think that’s gonna be a significant discussion.”