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Report reveals Steelers’ stance on Kenny Pickett for 2024

Kenny Pickett throwing a ball

Aug 13, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) warms up before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Even though Kenny Pickett is healthy enough to return to action for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team is still going with backup quarterback Mason Rudolph for Saturday’s must-win season finale. That may not necessarily mean anything for Pickett’s status going forward, however.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Steelers still have faith in Pickett and view him as their franchise quarterback going forward despite how things have gone for him this season.

“The organization does still believe in Kenny Pickett and in no way wants to move on from him after the season,” Rapoport said. “Still a ton of confidence that he can be a franchise starter.”

In 12 starts on the season, Pickett has just six touchdown passes to go with 2,070 passing yards. Pittsburgh’s offense has been bad all year no matter who has played at quarterback, at least until things looked greatly improved under Rudolph last week. While one unflattering report about Pickett has been denied, it is definitely a bit worrisome that the Steelers think the quarterback that gives them their best chance to win right now is the guy who started the season third on their depth chart, not the player they apparently view as their franchise signal-caller.


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