Pittsburgh has looked rather underwhelming offensively through the first two weeks of the season. A lot of that has to do with the lack of production at the quarterback position. In the preseason, it was a toss-up for QB1 between Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett. Tomlin ruled the dice with Trubisky to start the season, some believing this to be the wrong decision. After a few starts, it may be time to let the rookie, Pickett, get a chance.
Trubisky’s Lackluster Start
There hasn’t been much to boast about offensively early on this season in Pittsburgh. Trubisky seems nervous to air the ball out, mainly looking for checkdowns. Because of this, he ranks last in the league in yards per attempt average, sitting at a dismal 5.1. He has weapons at his disposal in Pickens, Johnson, and Claypool, but isn’t using them to the best of their abilities. As stated by Kevin Patra of NFL.com, “… completed just two balls of 20-plus air yards on eight such attempts (none over 25 air yards).”
Following their OT victory in week one, the Steelers offense was only able to put up one touchdown in week two.
Trubisky admitted to making poor decisions and not finding his receivers open downfield, but thus far hasn’t shown any sign of fixing it.
Mitch Trubisky needs to take a seat. Chase Claypool wide open here for an easy first down. Instead he takes a sack. It's clear Trubisky just cannot read the field. #Steelers pic.twitter.com/btsAjCJkSd
— Steelers Morty (@verynicegent) September 19, 2022
Kenny’s Time to Shine?
Although Trubisky did look good in the preseason, so did Pickett. The trial phase with Trubisky could come to an end if he keeps performing the way he has. With that, a lot of Steelers fans want to see Tomlin give Pickett a shot. It can’t hurt and the rookie QB would want to prove himself and has sat on the sidelines and been able to dissect what Trubisky is doing wrong and hopefully make it right with his own play.
It would make sense to give Pickett a shot over the next few weeks. The Steelers will be away in Cleveland this Thursday before hosting the Jets the following week. These would be two good tests for the rookie before facing the tenacious defense of the Buffalo Bills on October 9th.
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