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."



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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