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Steelers QBs show great promise in preseason opener

Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

Published in Football

It would be a little too early to think the Steelers will be perfectly fine without Ben Roethlisberger, perhaps even a bit unwise.

It was just one preseason game against a team that traveled 2,125 miles and has discarded most of its stars like five-day-old pork chops.

But it might be prudent to pay close attention to what all three quarterbacks — Mitch Trubisky, Mason Rudolph and Kenny Pickett — did in the opening preseason victory against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night. It's certainly cause for encouragement.

Each of the quarterbacks posted a rating over 100. And each produced a touchdown on their opening series, a good sign for an offense that started slower than any team in the NFL in 2021.

"The whole first group did a good job of getting some points on the board, leading the charge and getting the momentum where you want it to be," Rudolph said. "We all followed suit."

Consider:

 

Trubisky's first drive as a Steelers quarterback ended with a touchdown pass that showcased why the Steelers coveted his mobility in free agency. He had a 126.8 rating.

Rudolph threw a perfect 26-yard touchdown strike to rookie George Pickens on his first series and orchestrated a 17-play drive that resulted in a field goal on the second. He had a 100.1 rating.

Pickett made his debut in the stadium where he became a Heisman Trophy finalist by completing all five passes for 33 yards and a touchdown on his opening drive in the third quarter, not to mention a successful two-point conversion pass. He had a 132.6 rating.

However, none of what took place against the Seahawks changes anything with the quarterback order — at least, not now.

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