Steelers: 3 attainable video games for Kenny Pickett’s first begin

Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photograph by Justin Berl/Getty Pictures)

Pittsburgh Steelers followers are eagerly awaiting for Kenny Pickett to make his first profession begin.

With the NFL common season schedule being launched in full on Thursday evening, Pittsburgh Steelers followers needs to be trying on the 18-week slate to strive to determine when Kenny Pickett will make his first profession begin.

Even when this was a weak quarterback draft class, Pittsburgh took the Pitt product No. 20 general with each intention of him being the inheritor obvious to Ben Roethlisberger. Pickett could not have a excessive ceiling, however he’s with out query essentially the most pro-ready of any rookie quarterback prospect. Whereas Mitchell Trubisky can win some video games because the starter, Pickett wants to begin this season.

There aren’t a ton of nice entry factors for Pickett to make his first profession begin for the Steelers this yr, however he has to steer the group out of the tunnel sooner or later this fall. In any other case, it is a huge drawback for the Steelers group. He was drafted to begin sooner or later in yr one!

Pittsburgh Steelers: 3 attainable video games for Kenny Pickett’s first profession begin

3. Week 13: at Atlanta Falcons (Sunday, Dec. 4)

Admittedly, that is extremely late within the season, however a possible first profession begin for Pickett might are available in Week 13 on the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 4. The reasoning behind this date is three-fold. One, the Steelers could possibly be out of the playoff combine within the AFC by early December. Two, Atlanta tasks to be a bottom-four group within the league. And three, this shall be a pro-Steelers crowd.

Not solely are these three issues doubtlessly working for Pickett in making his first profession begin within the first week of December, however take into accout this one crucial factor: Atlanta could have already turned the web page on Marcus Mariota in favor of one other rookie quarterback in Desmond Ridder. The Falcons took Ridder within the third spherical with the hopes he can play very nicely on his rookie contract.

Briefly, it might be a wasted alternative for the Steelers to trot out Trubisky in a meaningless sport, and lose, vs. a rookie quarterback in Ridder. The remainder of the Steelers’ video games after the Atlanta sport aren’t straightforward, however they might function a great trial run for Pickett forward of his first yr because the full-time starter subsequent season. There are worse video games for him to debut in than vs. Atlanta.

A debut any later than this should imply the Steelers are pushing for a playoff berth with Trubisky.