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Kenny Pickett

#1 QB,

Steelers

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ACTUAL 2022

150 FPTS

RANK:28

2023 SEASON

284 FPTS

RANK:24

AGE

25 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

6'3'' / 220 lbs

COLLEGE

Pittsburgh

Dealt to Eagles

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-15

The Steelers are trading Pickett to the Eagles for a draft pick swap, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

As recently as 10 days ago, multiple Pittsburgh beat reporters said the team preferred to keep Pickett and Mason Rudolph and then let them compete for the starting job. Both are now gone and will be backups for other teams, while the Steelers have Russell Wilson as the lone QB on their offseason roster. The move to Philadelphia might help Pickett's development but also means he'll have no opportunity to compete for the top spot, instead serving as a clear backup to Jalen Hurts. The 2022 first-round pick has two seasons remaining on his rookie contract, plus a fifth-year option for 2026 that's unlikely to be picked up.

May not get chance to compete with Wilson

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-11

Pickett won't necessarily have the opportunity to compete with newly signed Russell Wilson for a starting job, ESPN's Brooke Pryor reports.

Wilson may be past his prime but nonetheless became a strong favorite for the Week 1 start when his decision to sign with the Steelers was announced Sunday night. GM Omar Khan said a week earlier that he had "full faith" in Pickett, a 2022 first-round pick (20th overall) with more regular-season wins (14) than TD passes (13). A good defense and strong record in one-score games has allowed the Steelers to stick in the playoff hunt the past two years, but Wilson give the offense some actual upside in what likely will be a run-first system under new coordinator Arthur Smith. Meanwhile, QB Mason Rudolph now seems likely to sign with a new team, leaving Wilson and Pickett as the experienced QBs in Pittsburgh.

Getting another shot in 2024?

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-02-19

The Steelers want to give Pickett another chance to be their starting quarterback, according to Gerry Dulac of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The 2022 first-round pick has thrown 13 touchdown passes in 24 NFL games but went 7-5 as a starter in both of his first two pro seasons. While it's safe to say Pickett won't ever be a top quarterback, the Steelers apparently hope he can become a competent starter under new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. Dulac suggests the Steelers are unlikely to pursue QBs that definitely would expect to be starters (e.g. Justin Fields, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins) but could end up re-signing impending free agent Mason Rudolph, who replaced an injured Pickett in December and then continued to start once his teammate was medically cleared. It's certainly worth noting that not all of the Pittsburgh beat reporters are as confident as Dulac about the Steelers wanting to give Pickett another shot rather than replacing him with someone like Fields/Cousins/Wilson.

Back in action Saturday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-06

Pickett (ankle) is listed as active Saturday at Baltimore, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

This marks Pickett's first game in which he'll be active since sustaining a high right-ankle sprain Week 13 against the Cardinals and undergoing surgery to repair it Dec. 6. However, he won't be the Steelers' starting quarterback, with Mason Rudolph handling those duties. Rudolph has fared fine in back-to-back starts, but it remains to be seen if he'll be on a short leash with the team seeking a playoff berth.

Gets full listing Tuesday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-02

Pickett (ankle) was listed as a full participant on Tuesday's estimated injury report, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

This marks Pickett's first full listing since undergoing surgery on his right ankle Dec. 6. The Steelers held a walkthrough to begin Week 18 prep, though, so his activity level in ensuing practices likely will help the team determine whether or not he's set to serve as Mason Rudolph's backup Saturday at Baltimore. If healthy, Pickett seems like the better bet to do so over Mitch Trubisky, but coach Mike Tomlin has yet to make a decision.

Ticketed for backup role

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-01

Pickett (ankle) will likely serve as the backup quarterback in Saturday's game against the Ravens, according to Chris Adamski of TribLive.com.

Pickett is on track to suit up Saturday for the first time since Week 13, but even if he does he will not start, as head coach Mike Tomline revealed that Mason Rudolph will be under center for a third straight contest. Pickett's participation -- or lack thereof -- at practice later this week will likely determine whether or not he will be on the roster for Week 18.

Inactive Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-31

Pickett (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Pickett, who last suited up in Week 13, approached Sunday's contest listed as questionable. Now that he's been deemed inactive, Mitch Trubisky is slated to serve as Mason Rudolph's top backup in Week 17. Pickett will thus target a potential return to action next weekend against the Ravens.

Listed as questionable, won't start

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-29

Pickett (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

While Pickett, who is dealing with an ankle injury, is questionable for the contest, coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Friday that Mason Rudolph will start at quarterback for the Steelers in Week 17. As a result, Pickett could serve in a backup capacity Sunday, but if he's made inactive, Mitch Trubisky would serve as Pittsburgh's No. 2 QB versus Seattle.

Stays limited in practice

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-28

Pickett (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Though Pickett practiced in a limited fashion for the second day in a row, the Steelers haven't made a decision if he'll be available for Sunday's game against the Seahawks after having missed Pittsburgh's last three games while recovering from a right ankle procedure. If Pickett is cleared to suit up this weekend, he'll likely be serving as the team's No. 2 quarterback, as head coach Mike Tomlin already indicated earlier in the week that Mason Rudolph is being prepped for a second straight start.

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