Though the Steelers made a change to their depth chart Tuesday morning, shifting Kenny Pickett from the third-string spot to No. 2, Mitchell Trubisky‘s identify remained with the starters. That would be the case Sunday towards the Bengals.
Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday morning the long-expected path the Steelers will take to open the season: Trubisky is the beginning quarterback. The previous No. 2 general decide had been seen because the starter since signing a two-year, $14M deal in March. That is all however sure to vary sooner or later this season, with Pickett being groomed to take over. For now, nevertheless, the Pitt product will be taught from the sidelines.
Chosen twentieth general, Pickett performed effectively within the preseason and is now in place to decorate as Pittsburgh’s game-day backup. Tomlin mentioned he has been “actually happy” with Pickett’s growth up to now. This would be the first time since 2007 that no rookie QB could have began in Week 1 (h/t ESPN.com’s Discipline Yates, on Twitter). Pickett and third-round Falcons decide Desmond Ridder virtually definitely will make begins this season, however Atlanta (Marcus Mariota) and Pittsburgh will go together with vets to open the marketing campaign.
After Trubisky’s Bears tenure underwhelmed, placing it mildly, he rebuilt his inventory considerably by backing up Josh Allen in Buffalo. Trubisky, 28, has began three openers — 2018-20 — and was Chicago’s full-time starter early in his 2017 rookie yr. The North Carolina product changed Mike Glennon 5 video games into his rookie season, however after his Bears tenure started to go south in 2019, the Matt Nagy–Ryan Tempo regime traded for Nick Foles. The previous Tremendous Bowl MVP changed Trubisky early within the 2020 slate, although the youthful passer regained his beginning job and helped the Bears to that yr’s playoff bracket.
Trubisky has made 50 profession begins. He’s a profession 64.1% passer (6.7 yards per try) who’s 29-21 as a starter. The Giants had been linked to the ex-Brian Daboll Buffalo pupil as effectively, however the Steelers landed him to be Ben Roethlisberger‘s speedy successor. Pickett looms, nevertheless. Roethlisberger took over as a starter in Week 3 of his rookie yr, although a Tommy Maddox harm prompted that change. Save for 2019, when Roethlisberger’s elbow harm led to each Rudolph and Devlin Hodges making begins, the Steelers didn’t want to fret about their QB depth chart for the subsequent 18 seasons
The Steelers will solely costume Trubisky and Pickett in Week 1, Tomlin mentioned, noting a clerical error had Rudolph above the rookie on Monday’s official depth chart. Rudolph, who has been with the Steelers since 2018, emerged in late-summer trade rumors. The Steelers handed on shifting the previous third-round decide, however Rudolph won’t be in uniform on sport days — so long as Trubisky and Pickett are wholesome.