Free-agent signing Mitchell Trubisky is clearly and officially atop the Pittsburgh Steelers’ depth chart on the quarterback place over each profession backup Mason Rudolph and first-round draft choice Kenny Pickett heading into Saturday’s preseason opener versus the Seattle Seahawks.
How lengthy that can stay true is anyone’s guess.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and others inside the group allegedly “want Trubisky to start” forward of Rudolph on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 on Sept. 11. Pickett, in the meantime, reportedly “just isn’t close to being ready” at this level of his growth, and former NFL signal-caller Ryan Leaf generated headlines this week when he said that the Steelers “may have reached for” the 24-year-old at total alternative No. 20 on this 12 months’s draft.
For a chunk revealed Friday morning about quarterback conditions right now in 2023, ESPN’s Dan Graziano identified that a number of eventualities stay sensible because it pertains to the Steelers for each the upcoming season and the next marketing campaign.
“Pittsburgh signed Trubisky to a two-year, $14.285 million contract, however subsequent 12 months’s $8 million wage will not be assured,” Graziano famous. “So he must show something in order to keep the job, even if he does win it and hold it all year. This is an unsettled situation, and it’s not out of the question that all three of the guys listed above play QB for the Steelers at some point this season. It’s far from guaranteed that any of them will in 2023.”
Graziano added that the “most likely outcome” is that Pickett is given the keys to Pittsburgh’s offense subsequent spring. Such a state of affairs would mirror how the San Francisco 49ers waited till earlier this 12 months to call 2021 rookie Trey Lance their starter over veteran Jimmy Garoppolo after Garoppolo served as their QB1 for many of final season.
“The Steelers picked him in the first round because they think he can be their franchise quarterback, and they’re going to have to find out sooner rather than later whether they’re right,” Graziano stated of Pickett. However, Graziano continued:
“Trubisky’s mobility should help him overcome a shaky offensive line to some extent, and if he stays healthy and leads the Steelers to the playoffs, it’s not impossible that he could keep the job.”
In brief: The solely factor for positive this summer season about who in the end serves because the long-term successor to future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger is that nothing’s for positive.