Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett shined in his preseason debut last Saturday night, completing 13 of his 15 pass attempts for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Head coach Mike Tomlin is rewarding him for his performance.
Pickett was promoted to the Steelers' second-team offense this Monday morning, surpassing previous backup quarterback Mason Rudolph. Mitchell Trubisky is still with the starters and still expected to start for the AFC North franchise this upcoming season.
"Kenny Pickett running with the 2nd team," said Nick Farabaugh.
Not only did Pickett run the second-team offense; he made a big impact while doing so. Per Farabaugh, Pickett threw a "beautiful" touchdown pass to Pat Freiermuth.
Farabaugh added, "Kenny Pickett throws a fade up to the corner of the end zone and Pat Freiermuth skies up to make the catch over Donovan Stiner. Great throw."
It sounds like Kenny Pickett will be Mitch Trubisky's backup quarterback this upcoming season, barring an unforeseen change. Then, it's only a matter of time before the rookie gets his time to shine.
Pickett will look to have another highlight-worthy performance this Saturday when the Steelers battle the Jaguars in their second of three preseason games.