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    Joe Sargent/Getty Images QB Mitch Trubisky of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball against the New York Jets on October 2, 2022. Earlier this week Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk asserted that Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky was “on thin ice” with almost everyone in the organization — head coach Mike Tomlin being the notable exception. Well, halfway through Sunday’s 24-20 upset loss to the New York Jets, Tomlin finally lost patience with Trubisky and made the switch to rookie first-round pick Kenny Pickett. Steelers QB Mitch Trubisky: ‘Disappointed’ About Being PulledAfter the game, Trubisky addressed the media and summed up what happened by saying: “Didn’t connect. Didn’t score enough points. Got pulled at halftime. That’s how it goes…. Disappointed, obviously, but that’s part of it,” he said, via Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. After that Trubisky was asked about his expectations for what happens next. He sounded resigned to the possibility that he has lost his starting job for good. “Nope, just come into work, try and be a good teammate, try...
    The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon, falling to 1-3 on the season. Mike Tomlin addressed Kenny Pickett’s debut and more in his press conference. Tomlin wouldn’t commit to starting Pickett next week, but that was likely just out of respect to incumbent starter Mitch Trubisky. The Steelers signed Trubisky this offseason as a stopgap quarterback, and then went on to draft Pickett out of Pitt. While Tomlin backed Trubisky and the team’s offense despite a rough three weeks to open the season, a bad half against the Jets was enough to change his mind. Pickett got the call to start the second half, and gave the Steelers the “spark” Tomlin was hoping for, as he mentioned in his postgame press conference. Unfortunately, that spark brought turnovers as well as touchdowns, which likely led to the team’s ultimate demise. Tomlin said he switched from Mitch Trubisky to Kenny Pickett because he felt the Steelers needed ‘a spark,’ and he credited Pickett for bringing ‘energy’ to the offense. — Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) October 2, 2022...
    Acrisure Stadium erupted when the Steelers replaced Mitch Trubisky with Kenny Pickett against the New York Jets. Trubisky had yet to prove himself through 3.5 games of football, and Mike Tomlin gave him every opportunity to do just that. Even a half of unpredictable football against the Jets left some doubt in the minds of Steelers fans as to whether or not Pickett would receive playing time. But relent Tomlin finally did, and Pickett was inserted to start the second half. Pittsburgh faithful had been waiting for this moment for three long weeks — at points even making it brutally obvious with ‘Ke-nny’ chants. When Pickett went out to take his first NFL snaps, Acrisure Stadium gave him a standing ovation. Kenny Pickett is in at QB for the @Steelers. ????: #NYJvsPIT on CBS????: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/95ssqnYCaC pic.twitter.com/5X3thz8BUt — NFL (@NFL) October 2, 2022 Steelers: Kenny Pickett comes in for Mitchell Trubisky The first four plays of Pickett’s NFL career were all runs, including a quarterback sneak on fourth and 1. When Matt Canada finally opened up the playbook...
    Getty Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin watches team warm-ups. Everyone has an opinion on the Pittsburgh Steelers and their quarterback conundrum, even former five-time All-Pro running back O.J. Simpson. Simpson offers up the obvious “solution” to the Steelers’ offensive crisis: Start Kenny Pickett. “The problem is, Pittsburgh’s not going to win any 14-10 games. They gonna have to score points to win. I just don’t see that happening with [Mitch] Trubisky.” Despite not throwing any touchdowns, Trubisky improved over Weeks 1 and 2. Statistically, he had his best yards game as a Pittsburgh Steeler with 20 of 32 completed passes for 207 yards and an 81.1 percent passer rating (per Pro Football Focus). “I’ve got to admit, he wasn’t that bad [on Thursday], but that shouldn’t be the criteria. Your quarterback should be the guy that inspires you. Overall, I don’t see these guys being inspired by their quarterback play.” “I saw the body language of those receivers last night and it just wasn’t good, especially Diontae Johnson; albeit, he probably should’ve caught what I thought was Trubisky’s...
    Just two weeks into the regular season, the Steelers quarterback controversy has former players turned pundits weighing in. Mitch Trubisky or Kenny Pickett? Experience or youth? Trubisky hasn’t performed well through two weeks, and Pittsburgh’s offense is arguably one of the worst in football. Despite this, the Steelers were able to pull off a surprising road win against the Cincinnati Bengals to open the year thanks to their defense, but that did not translate to Week 2 success against the New England Patriots. Trubisky’s throw chart is disgusting thus far, with the Steelers quarterback settling for short, check-down throws rather than taking any shots downfield. It’s a familiar look for this Pittsburgh offense, leading some to wonder if it’s a system issue rather than a quarterback problem. Mitch Trubiskys completed passes this season pic.twitter.com/DcmKJ1P2LF — Steven Ruiz (@theStevenRuiz) September 19, 2022 Even Bill Cowher commented on Trubisky’s tendency to throw the ball before he should. Bill Cowher is Absolutely Right: “Mitch Trubisky is more worried about not making mistakes than he is about making plays.” #Steelers #NFL —...
    Joe Sargent/Getty Images Mitch Trubisky of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half of the game against the New England Patriots at Acrisure Stadium on September 18, 2022. Considering how the Pittsburgh Steelers offense functioned on Sunday, it’s no surprise the home crowd repeatedly called for backup Kenny Pickett to replace starter Mitch Trubisky during the team’s 17-14 loss to the New England Patriots. Steelers fans first chanted “KEN-NY” in the third quarter — in the wake of a failed third down conversion where Trubisky found rookie running back Jaylen Warren for no gain on third-and-eight. Chris Boswell converted the 52-yard field goal attempt, bringing the Steelers to within four points at 10-6. The “KEN-NY” chants boiled up several times after that, so it’s no surprise that Trubisky was asked about them at the tail end of his post-game press conference. Steelers’ Mitch Trubisky on Kenny Pickett Chants“It is what it is. You just continue to block it out and play football,” he said, in the wake of completing 21 of 33 passes for 168 yards...
    Justin Berl/Getty Images Rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett of the Pittsburgh Steelers during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Acrisure Stadium on August 13, 2022. When the Pittsburgh Steelers take the field against the Detroit Lions at Acrisure Stadium on Sunday, free agent acquisition Mitch Trubisky will once again be the team’s starting quarterback. But if rookie first-round pick Kenny Pickett continues to play like he did in Pittsburgh’s first two preseason games, it may not be long before Pickett overtakes Trubisky (not to mention Mason Rudolph) to become Pittsburgh’s QB1. And, if you ask former Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, Pickett should be the Week 1 starter. “He(’s) making it hard on Coach T not to play him,” said Taylor on the August 25 edition of The Pat McAfee Show. “Play the man. I think he need(s) to start for the season,” he added. “Every time Kenny Pickett gets on the field he’s successful, and he’s cool and collected about it,” intoned Taylor, without noting that Pickett has completed 86.4% of his passes and has posted an...
    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson weighed in on the team’s quarterback situation, with Kenny Pickett getting a vote of confidence. The former Pitt quarterback turned Steelers first-round draft pick is in the running for the team’s starting QB spot. However, Mitch Trubisky remains the favorite as the Steelers’ high-priced free agent acquisition this offseason. Yet, Pickett has impressed so far in the preseason, and even got some reps with the first team in a brief appearance against Jacksonville. No. 1 wideout Diontae Johnson liked what he saw. “Everyone respects him in the huddle, so whenever he comes in the huddle, he takes charge,” Johnson said. “I’ve seen that early in training camp as well. Like I said, everyone’s comfortable with him in there.” Steelers: Could Kenny Pickett start Week 1?It’s unlikely that Pickett starts right away for several reasons, the first of which is outlined above. Trubisky was brought in on a short-term deal as a bridge quarterback. That has been the Steelers plan all along, and they’re unlikely to alter it now even with Pickett performing well. Trubisky...
    The Pittsburgh Steelers were never going to just hand Kenny Pickett the starting quarterback job as a rookie, but he might be on the cusp of earning it. As if Pittsburgh Steelers fans needed anything else to get the Kenny Pickett hype train moving faster, the first-round rookie came out in his preseason debut with a phenomenal performance that saw him go 13-of-15 for 95 yards and two touchdowns, including leading the game-winning drive and throwing the go-ahead score to Tyler Vaughns. Head coach Mike Tomlin, however, has been persistent in his stance that Pickett will have to win the starting job over Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph in training camp in the preseason. That performance will certainly help his case but, as he was listed as QB3 on the first depth chart prior to that debut, it felt like there was work still to do. But maybe there’s not as much work left as we thought.Steelers: Has Kenny Pickett moved into lead of QB battle?During Tuesday’s practice, ESPN’s Brooke Pryor noted that it was Pickett who was running with...
    Steelers first-round draft pick, Kenny Pickett, is so far behind that he may not even be ready to compete in the team’s first preseason game on Saturday. The 2022 Pittsburgh Steelers were supposed to bridge the gap from last year’s disappointing playoff appearance into a promising life after Ben Rothlisberger. The key ingredient to crossing that bridge — the singular uncontested necessity for success in the NFL — a good quarterback, seems to be missing from the equation thus far in camp. Mitchell Trubisky was brought to town in free agency to hopefully offer a better option than the Steelers already unproven backup, Mason Rudolph, and Kenny Pickett was selected with the 20th-overall pick in this year’s draft. Unfortunately for Steelers fans, none of the aforementioned have had any semblance of success to this point. The assumed future face of the franchise, Pickett, may not even be ready for preseason competition. Legendary Pittsburgh radio personality and columnist for TRIBlive, Mark Madden, said in a podcast over the weekend that Kenny Pickett’s learning curve is so steep, that he may...
    Kenny Pickett spent even the last few days before heading to his first NFL training camp working on his game. The rookie first-round pick is competing to succeed Ben Roethlisberger as the starting quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He won’t be outworked. “That was instilled in me at a young age with my dad and I just kind of kept that work ethic and preparation throughout my college career and now into my pro career,” Pickett said on the AP Pro Football Podcast. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin already praised Pickett’s work ethic in May, saying: “He’s not a clock-puncher. He’s always trying to get better.” Pickett trained throughout the offseason with his personal quarterbacks coach Tony Racioppi and the team at TEST Football Academy in Martinsville, New Jersey, located less than an hour from his hometown of Oakhurst. They prepared the former Pitt star for the NFL combine and he ended up being the first quarterback selected in the draft at No. 20 overall. “I’ve been with Tony for six years now, so he’ll be my guy throughout my...
    Cam Heyward does not see Kenny Pickett’s hand size as an issue for the Pittsburgh Steelers. When it comes to Kenny Pickett’s hand size, Pittsburgh Steelers star Cam Heyward defends his rookie quarterback’s “Burger King Hands.” Looking to conquer the AFC North with his average-sized hands like Joe Burrow did before him, Pickett believes in a thing called gloves. After listening to the rhythm of his arm during OTAs, Heyward believes the Steelers can make it now because Pickett was always rocking ’til the sun went down at Pitt. Two gloves, one ACC championship. Enough said because Pickett can pick it! Heyward does believe Pickett’s hand size has been grossly overstated but then proceeds to call him “Burger King Hands” because he is the savvy veteran and the quarterback is merely a rookie. Heyward on Pickett: “I think it got blown out proportion & then I just kind of ran with it. You know, why can’t I call my rookie quarterback ‘Burger King Hands’? He will be on the show later on & I will be giving him a hard time...
    Justin Berl/Getty Images Kenny Pickett of the Pittsburgh Panthers during a game against the Clemson Tigers at Heinz Field on October 23, 2021. Since before he was drafted, one of the narratives surrounding Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett is that he has a “low ceiling.” In April, shortly before the 2022 draft, one anonymous NFL talent evaluator told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network that Pickett “doesn’t have any goddamn upside.” Another likened him to 2021 New England Patriots first-round pick Mac Jones, saying they are both “probably bottom-half-of-the-league-type starters if it works.” Yet in that same article, Pelissero noted that some talent evaluators referenced Joe Burrow, who was selected No. 1 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020. “Like Pickett, Burrow had smallish hands (9 inches), good-not-great arm strength and strong leadership traits, and he enjoyed a massive jump in his play in his final college season, with improved talent around him,” offered Pelissero. Follow the Heavy on Steelers page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!QB Coach Tony Racioppi: The Kenny Pickett-Joe Burrow...
    Kenny Pickett and the Pittsburgh Steelers have yet to finalize a contract, and it’s time to make that happen. Kenny Pickett is the last first-round pick to sign a contract, and as he is competing for the Steelers’ starting role, why hasn’t it happened yet? A quarterback should already have a contract signed, especially since he is competing for a starting role. In college, Pickett was someone that drew the limelight and was so talented. When the Steelers picked him in the first round, it was a great choice. Pittsburgh needs a solid quarterback with Big Ben leaving, so maybe the Steelers are just being extra careful with Pickett’s contract instead of jumping right into it. There is nothing wrong with being particular about contracts, but it’s almost July, so it’s time to print it out and get that bad boy done. Pickett has so much upside and can succeed with the Steelers.Pittsburgh Steelers need to sign Kenny Pickett and make it officialAccording to the Boston Globe, there is a contract, and FanSided’s Mark Powell says this hold-up has to...
    Pittsburgh Steelers fans won’t love the latest update from Kenny Pickett’s first go-around at team mini camp, and it’s not even his fault. It’s important to begin this story by gauging the expectations: Pickett was deemed pro-ready, and Steelers fans are used to near-two decades of stable if not great quarterback play. While Ben Roethlisberger is retired, he’s been deemed a resource for Pickett and Mitchell Trubisky should they need it. Yet, some reports suggest Mason Rudolph, of all players, has been the most impressive so far. #Steelers QB Mason Rudolphs trade value is climbing after reports of him being the best quarterback in OTAs/Mini Camphttps://t.co/9pVB59msXY — SteelerNation (@SteeIerNation) June 14, 2022 “Regardless of where he landed in the rep pecking order, Rudolph looked the best of the four quarterbacks,” Mark Kaboly of The Athletic wrote. “Surely, you scoff at that notion, but Rudolph has used the past three weeks to at least put himself in the conversation of being in the battle, even though it remains a long shot.” Steelers: Kenny Pickett getting suboptimal reviews so farThis isn’t...
    New Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett doesn’t expect Mitch Trubisky to mentor him as they compete for the starting job. The Pittsburgh Steelers think they got their long-term replacement for Ben Roethlisberger when they drafted Kenny Pickett out of Pitt. That doesn’t mean the rookie quarterback expects to have the red carpet laid out for him by the rest of the quarterback room. Pickett told reporters he doesn’t think his fellow quarterbacks like Mitch Trubisky should have to mentor him.Kenny Pickett doesn’t think it’s Mitch Trubisky’s ‘job’ to mentor himKenny Pickett was asked about being mentored by veterans Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph… #Steelers @937theFan pic.twitter.com/TSiny9qFpJ — Josh Rowntree (@JRown32) June 8, 2022 “The mentor word…I don’t think it’s his job to sit there and teach me,” Pickett explained. “I’m going to ask questions. I’m going to watch him. It’s really my job to ask questions and to learn from him.” That’s about as fair an answer to the “mentor” question as Pickett could have given. Some veteran quarterbacks have made headlines for saying it’s not their job to...
    Getty Images Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (left) and Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt. On Thursday May 26, Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report offered up a to-do list for the Pittsburgh Steelers — three things he thinks the organization should do before the start of the regular season. Realistically, only one of these things can be characterized as likely to happen, unless rookie first-round pick Kenny Pickett exceeds expectations. 1. Hand Kenny Pickett the Starting Quarterback JobFirst and foremost, Sobleski believes the Steelers should make rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett the starter from the get-go. “Kenny Pickett is now the face of the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise and should be treated as such. There’s no reason to put training wheels on the rookie, and Mitchell Trubisky should be treated as a non-factor or a quality backup,” he writes, citing Pickett’s relatively advanced age (he turns 24 on June 6) and his experience operating in a pro-style offense at the University of Pittsburgh. But the odds are probably against Pickett being the Week 1 starter. With two veteran quarterbacks on the...
    Getty Free agent Eric Fisher is a solid option for Steelers at tackle. For the past two seasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line has been something of a band of misfits. As All-Pro linemen in David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey and Alejandro Villanueva aged and future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger became more and more of a statue, the unit suffered. Pouncey was the first to call it quits, followed by DeCastro and Villanueva shortly after. Of course, we know Big Ben overstayed his welcome and was the last to hang up his cleats. In 2020, the Steelers started the long and winding process of rebuilding what was once one of the most revered lines in the NFL. A bandaid was put on the guard position with free agent Trai Turner, now with the Washington Commanders. Pittsburgh drafted Kendrick Green in the third round of the 2021 NFL draft in hopes that he could do the job at center — an experiment that failed miserably. Zach Banner initially replaced departed right tackle Matt Feiler but sustained what appears to...
    Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett won’t have to look far for a mentor as the man he’s replacing, Ben Roethlisberger, is ready for that role. Quarterback mentorship has been a hot-button issue in the 2022 offseason after Ryan Tannehill stated that he didn’t believe it was his job to be a mentor to Titans third-round pick Malik Willis. That’s a situation, however, that won’t be an issue with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers, of course, are turning the page on the Ben Roethlisberger chapter of their franchise after his retirement. Part of that involved selecting Kenny Pickett in the first round of this year’s draft. And while we haven’t gotten word from Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph, the other two notable signal-callers on the roster, Big Ben appears ready to be a mentor. When asked about the role Roethlisberger has played in the infancy of his career, Pickett was highly complimentary and gave the impression that the future Hall of Famer was happy to be part of his early development. Kenny Pickett on Big Ben reaching out to him....
    Quinn Harris/Getty Images Kenny Pickett of the Pittsburgh Panthers looks to pass against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on October 13, 2018. The Pittsburgh Steelers have had more than their share of detractors for selecting Pitt Panthers QB Kenny Pickett No. 20 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft. One NFL analyst called the move the “biggest mistake” of the draft, and longtime Steelers insider Gerry Dulac took issue with the selection as well. But Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus (PFF), notes that Draftkings has Pickett as the current favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year for 2022-23. In Linsey’s mind, Pickett is fourth-most likely to take home the prestigious award, behind wide receiver Drake London of the Atlanta Falcons, running back Breece Hall of the New York Jets, and wide receiver Treylon Burks of the Tennessee Titans. The latest Steelers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Steelers newsletter here!Kenny Pickett Widely Seen as ‘NFL-Ready’“Pickett has the best chance to start among the rookie quarterbacks as the only player at the position...
    Justin Casterline/Getty Images Quarterback Kenny Pickett during the NFL Combine on March 3, 2022. “Everything always seems rosy and grand when immediately evaluating how a team performs in the NFL Draft.” That’s how Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette opened his May 2, 2021 column, in which he evaluated the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2021 draft, an effort that produced running back Najee Harris and tight end Pat Freiermuth, among others. This year, Dulac’s Steelers draft report card sounded an entirely different tone. “It remains to be seen if the selection of Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett with the No. 1 pick (No. 20 overall) was the right decision by the Steelers,” he began, before proceeding to question the pick, as well as most of the other choices that general manager Kevin Colbert & Co. made this past weekend. “Part of the issue is whether the Steelers – a 9-7-1 team that had yet another embarrassing first-round playoff exit – really needed a quarterback to make them better in 2022 when they already made a move in free agency to...
    Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told NFL Network’s Rich Eisen what Kenny Pickett’s chances of winning the starting quarterback job were.  The Pittsburgh Steelers did not have to trade up in the first round to get the quarterback they wanted. With the 20th-overall pick, the Steelers picked Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett as the team’s quarterback of the future. But will he be the starter in the near future over free agent signing Mitchell Trubisky? Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin joined NFL Network during the final day of the NFL Draft on Saturday and was asked by Rich Eisen what chances Pickett has of being named the starting quarterback in Week 1. Tomlin responded by saying he does have a chance. You can listen to Tomlin’s full comments in the tweet below at the 4:50 mark. Mike Tomlin joined @RichEisen and crew to discuss his new QB Kenny Pickett and more. @Steelers ????: 2022 #NFLDraft on NFLN/ESPN/ABC pic.twitter.com/tu9cNSwO6R — NFL (@NFL) April 30, 2022 #Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on @NFLNetwork is asked if Kenny Pickett has a chance to be...
    Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told NFL Network’s Rich Eisen what Kenny Pickett’s chances of winning the starting quarterback job were.  The Pittsburgh Steelers did not have to trade up in the first round to get the quarterback they wanted. With the 20th-overall pick, the Steelers picked Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett as the team’s quarterback of the future. But will he be the starter in the near future over free agent signing Mitchell Trubisky? Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin joined NFL Network during the final day of the NFL Draft on Saturday and was asked by Rich Eisen what chances Pickett has of being named the starting quarterback in Week 1. Tomlin responded by saying he does have a chance. You can listen to Tomlin’s full comments in the tweet below at the 4:50 mark. Mike Tomlin joined @RichEisen and crew to discuss his new QB Kenny Pickett and more. @Steelers ????: 2022 #NFLDraft on NFLN/ESPN/ABC pic.twitter.com/tu9cNSwO6R — NFL (@NFL) April 30, 2022 #Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on @NFLNetwork is asked if Kenny Pickett has a chance to be...
    The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of several teams connected to hometown product Kenny Pickett, but an AFC executive gave them more reason to pause. Given the Steelers select in at pick No. 20, there’s a good chance Pickett isn’t even available. However, Pittsburgh would trade up for the right quarterback, should he be in this draft class. The Steelers signed Mitchell Trubisky earlier this offseason. They also have Mason Rudolph behind him. But the long-term prospects at the position aren’t great right now. Could Pickett be a fit? Dwyane Haskins’ untimely passing leaves an open slot on the depth chart. The Steelers’ concerns go beyond that, though. Replacing Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t happen overnight. Would Pittsburgh dare take a chance on Pitt product Kenny Pickett? One AFC executive’s warning could go a long way: “But then your concern is the arm. There’s nothing special about it. What’s he going to look like when he’s getting his ass f—ing blitzed and having to throw off-platform, and he has to win with his arm only? He’s mobile enough. He can move, he’s...
    Getty Kenny Pickett gives an interview at the 2022 NFL combine. The Detroit Lions are casting a wide net in terms of the players they are looking at for the 2022 NFL draft, and the lead into the process has been interesting in terms of the players they have brought into town. A big name is coming just ahead of the draft to sit down with the team’s brass, and it’s at the interesting position of quarterback, proving the Lions are intent on doing their diligence on every player at the position in the class that could go high. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Lions are bringing Kenny Pickett in for a visit. Pickett will represent one of the team’s final players they will get a closer look at prior to the start of the draft. One of the #Lions’ final pre-draft visits next week will be with Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett, per...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Every year scouts, general managers, coaches and football fans eagerly await a handful of measurements at the NFL scouting combine. The intrigue this year surrounds the breadth of Minnesota’s massive tackle Daniel Faalele, the 40-yard dash time of UTSA defensive back Tariq Woolen, and the hand size of Pitt passer Kenny Pickett. READ MORE: Person Shot, Killed In HomewoodFaalele (pronounced fah-AH-lay-lay) is a powerful right tackle prospect whose rare size — maybe 380 pounds and 6-foot-9 — dwarfs defenders. Woolen is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound cornerback who was clocked using GPS data trackers at 22.45 mph at the Senior Bowl. That would appear to give him at least an outside chance of challenging John Ross’s record time at the 2017 combine of 4.22 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Pickett might just measure the smallest hand size for a quarterback at the combine, taking Jeff Blake, Michael Vick and Kliff Kingsbury, all of whom measured in at 8½ inches, off the hook. All this hand wringing about his hand size doesn’t seem to bother Pickett. “No,” he said after...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Every year scouts, general managers, coaches and football fans eagerly await a handful of measurements at the NFL scouting combine. The intrigue this year surrounds the breadth of Minnesota’s massive tackle Daniel Faalele, the 40-yard dash time of UTSA defensive back Tariq Woolen, and the hand size of Pitt passer Kenny Pickett. Faalele (pronounced fah-AH-lay-lay) is a powerful right tackle prospect whose rare size — maybe 380 pounds and 6-foot-9 — dwarfs defenders. Woolen is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound cornerback who was clocked using GPS data trackers at 22.45 mph at the Senior Bowl. That would appear to give him at least an outside chance of challenging John Ross’s record time at the 2017 combine of 4.22 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Pickett might just measure the smallest hand size for a quarterback at the combine, taking Jeff Blake, Michael Vick and Kliff Kingsbury, all of whom measured in at 8½ inches, off the hook. All this hand wringing about his hand size doesn’t seem to bother Pickett. “No,” he said after arriving 88 minutes late for his...
    By: Patrick Damp/KDKA-TV PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – As Pitt’s star quarterback Kenny Pickett gets ready for the Reese’s Senior Bowl, he fielded questions from the media, including the possibility of becoming a Steeler. READ MORE: 'I Just Got A High IQ:' Antonio Brown Downplays Mental Health Issues To 'CBS Mornings'“The possibility of being drafted there would be really unbelievable, Pittsburgh’s really my second home so that would be kind of a dream,” he said. The discussion comes in the wake of the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers not having a definitive starter ahead of the 2022-23 season. READ MORE: TJ Watt, Fiancee Celebrate Sack Record With Cake From Oakmont Bakery“Ben’s a Hall of Famer, had an unbelievable career, he was coached by Coach [Mark] Whipple is pretty cool to be coached by Coach Whip who had Ben and then I got to learn from him so a lot of the things he taught Ben he was teaching me in these past three seasons at Pitt,” said Pickett. In another relation to the Steelers, aside from sharing...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Patti’s long wait for a second chance as Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback is finally ending. “Seems like forever ago,” Patti said Monday. READ MORE: As New Year's Eve Approaches, COVID-19 Throws Wrench In Plans For Bars And RestaurantsIn the life of a college career, the gap between Patti’s starts is indeed immense. Following the decision by Kenny Pickett to opt out and prepare for the NFL draft, Patti has been named No. 13 Pitt’s starter in Thursday night’s Peach Bowl against No. 11 Michigan State. It will be the first start for Patti since Sept. 28, 2019 when, as a redshirt freshman, he led the Panthers to a 17-14 win over Delaware when Pickett sat out with an injury. Since then, Patti has been mostly an observer as Pickett became one of the nation’s top quarterbacks. Finally, Patti’s patience will be rewarded. The junior will be in the spotlight as he attempts to prove he deserves to be Pitt’s starter in 2022. “I don’t have many reps but I’m still a little bit battle-tested,” Patti said. “And...
    With Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett already soaring up NFL Draft boards, it’s unlikely he even fall to the Steelers to begin with. Pickett is a tremendous talent from the hometown Pitt Panthers, and while it’s easy for local fans to want the Heisman invitee to continue playing in the Burgh, it feels unlikely. For one, just a few weeks ago it was reported that the Steelers preferred North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell to Pickett, in terms of NFL potential. While that’s hard to believe given we just saw the two players square off a little over a month ago, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert may know what he wants. Incredible reporting just now from @RichieWalsh on the @PittsburghsCW Nightly Sports Call. He’s talked to a Steelers source who says the Steelers like UNC QB Sam Howell. And like Howell more than Kenny Pickett!!! I nearly fainted. Hope you’re watching. — Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) December 3, 2021 Colbert doesn’t have many Drafts left. Per Aditi Kinkhabwala, Colbert has stated privately that he’ll likely retire when Ben Roethlisberger does. That lines up...
    The Tuck rule, the Calvin Johnson rule, the Carson Palmer rule and now…the Kenny Pickett rule? You betcha. Pitt quarterback Kenny Picket likely won’t win the Heisman on Saturday, but he will leave college with at least one notable accolade. His fake slide, which he then turned into a touchdown, has now been banned by the NCAA. "A fake slide will not be considered reviewable," Steve Shaw, the Secretary-Rules Editor of the NCAA Football Rules Committee, said on Thursday. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Last Saturday, during the ACC Championship Game against Wake Forest, Pickett exposed a previously gray area in the rule book when he faked a slide and then scampered into the end zone. While creative, his move drew the ire of plenty of current and former college and pro players who viewed the "gotcha" moment as bush league. Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) prepares to throw a pass that went for a touchdown, as North Carolina defensive lineman Raymond Vohasek (51) rushes during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday,...
    By: Shelley Bortz PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s something Pitt fans have longed for – a New Year’s Six bowl game. READ MORE: Panthers And Spartans Head South For 2021 Chick-fil-A Peach BowlThat time has finally come after beating Wake Forest in the ACC Championship. You can’t find one student on the Pitt campus who isn’t excited about heading to the Peach Bowl and they say December 30 can’t get here fast enough. “I think the Pitt faithful will be in strong attendance in Atlanta,” said Head Coach Pat Narduzzi after their ACC Championship victory. “I think what you saw last night, you’re going to see again in Atlanta. It was outstanding.” When you think of Pitt sports, you think of their fans and no matter the team, they’re passionate. Hundreds celebrated the blue and gold championship on Saturday night in the streets of Oakland, cheering and chanting down to the Cathedral of Learning. Tonight, though, they have their sights set on the Peach Bowl. “I’m from Pittsburgh so it’s super cool because I know...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh skyline is lit up to push the Heisman Trophy campaign of Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett. READ MORE: Homeowner Convicted In Killings Of 2 Teens Smoking Marijuana Inside His GarageThe U.S. Steel Building in downtown Pittsburgh has a “Heisman 2 Pickett” light projection on Friday night. HEISMAN 2 PICKETT ✨ ✨ ✨ Pittsburgh’s skyline is alight tonight for the @HeismanTrophy campaign of outstanding Pitt QB Kenny Pickett!#H2P » https://t.co/pY4cQfrds1 pic.twitter.com/VPHEKIJ2Xc — Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) December 4, 2021 READ MORE: Former Ohio Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Meade Charged With Murder In Shooting Of Casey Goodson Jr.“Pittsburgh’s skyline is alight tonight for the @HeismanTrophy campaign of outstanding Pitt QB Kenny Pickett!” a tweet from Pitt football reads. MORE NEWS: Baldwin Township Family Turns Heartbreaking Loss Into Hope For OthersPickett is a candidate for the Heisman, which is given annually to the most outstanding player in college football.
    The Pittsburgh Steelers should do whatever it takes to draft Kenny Pickett as the replacement for Ben Roethlisberger and this play proves it. NFL teams are always looking to find their next quarterback in the draft. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, getting the draft right this year is essential to the future of the franchise. This may not be the strongest quarterback class in history, but the Steelers can take heart knowing their ideal pick is so obvious. It’s Kenny Pickett and this play proves it.Kenny Pickett continues to show why he fits the SteelersKenny Pickett doing Kenny Pickett things ????‍♂️@Pitt_FB | @kennypickett10 ????: https://t.co/IM87ULzogp pic.twitter.com/rAxrlVtAKa — ACC Football (@ACCFootball) November 20, 2021 Pickett’s escapability was on display there. So was his vision and arm. He got away from the pressure, kept his eyes downfield and found his man open in the back of the endzone. While attention will fall on Ole Miss’ Matt Corral and others, the Steelers should be in a good spot to go out and pick up the Pitt quarterback. The key is making...
    The Pittsburgh Steelers famously passed up on drafting Dan Marino. Will they do the same with Kenny Pickett?  As the Pittsburgh Steelers try to figure out who they’ll replace Ben Roethlisberger with, they may not need to travel very far to find their next quarterback. Kenny Pickett plays for the Pitt Panthers and he, like another famed Pitt quarterback, would be a great addition to the Steelers roster. All Pittsburgh needs to do is avoid making the same sort of mistake they once did. Back in 1983, the Steelers had the opportunity to draft Dan Marino back but passed up on the talented Panthers quarterback. Marino then went on to have a legendary career with the Miami Dolphins. Instead of playing for his hometown team, Marino was in Miami from 1983 through 1999. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame just four years later. Marino’s accomplishments are well known. He went to the Pro Bowl nine times, is generally considered one of the best quarterbacks of all time, and was the NFL passing leader in five different seasons. The...
    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Kenny Pickett threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a score to lead Pittsburgh to a 28-7 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday. Pickett threw touchdown passes of 8 yards to Gavin Bartholomew and 36 yards to Jared Wayne, and he scored on a 3-yard run — all in the first half — as the Panthers (5-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their third straight game. Pittsburgh moved into sole possession of first place in the ACC’s Coastal Division. READ MORE: National Weather Service Confirms 2 Tornadoes In Beaver CountyPickett, arguably the leader for ACC Player of the Year at the season’s halfway point, has thrown 21 touchdown passes and just one interception. He completed 22 of 37 for 203 yards against Virginia Tech, and Israel Abanikanda rushed for a career-high 140 yards. Virginia Tech (3-3, 1-1) finished with a season-low 225 yards. The Hokies’ lone score came on a 2-yard pass from Braxton Burmeister to Tayvion Robinson in the third quarter. THE TAKEAWAYS Pittsburgh: The Panthers’ offense gets all the attention, but Pittsburgh’s defense deserves...
    Remembering 9/11: A warriors unexpected gift to America Donald Trump Pays NYPD & FDNY Surprise Visits on 9/11 Anniversary: You Are New Yorks Finest Pittsburgh’s quarterback Kenny Pickett came to the rescue for the Panthers on Saturday afternoon’s game against Tennessee at the inaugural Johnny Majors Classic. This was Pitt’s first win against an SEC opponent since 2011. After being down 10-0 in the first quarter, Pickett threw for two touchdowns and ran another one in, eventually winning 41-34. His total yards during the game was 285. RT if you love Kenny Pickett [email protected] TD on @ESPN ????#H2P » #BeatTennessee pic.twitter.com/9tg8VWhq7z — Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) September 11, 2021 Pitt finished the 2020 season 5-5, but they’re already up 2-0 this season, and this is creating a lot of hope for Panthers fans. And, the person behind the improvement? Fifth-year senior Pickett. Pickett, who is in his fourth season as starter, almost left Pitt after last season for the NFL. But, it was coincidentally Tennessee alum Peyton Manning who told Pickett to return to Pitt and play another year. If Pickett wants a...
    At the onset of the coronavirus shutdown, the Hotline asked readers to share their favorite Pac-12 memory — a game or play, coach or player, from the sport of your choice … something that might bring a smile during these stressful times. The response was overwhelming, to the point that we created a series out if it, published in general chronological order of the date they were received. (Here are the first and second installments.) Many thanks to the readers who have participated. * Note: Submissions have been lightly edited. John Goodwin Having attended my first Oregon Ducks game in 1970 (a 33-10 loss to a Stanford team then known as the Indians, and led by soon-to-be-Heisman-winner Jim Plunkett), I have spent much of the last half-century in Autzen Stadium. But as great as it was after the lean years of the ‘70s and ‘80s to witness “The Pick” by Kenny Wheaton to beat Washington in 1994 and to experience the Ducks’ ensuing Run for the Roses, my favorite memory actually is from the following season. Sept. 9, 1995 is the night...
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