Aug 13, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) scrambles with the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett led a game-winning drive in his first professional game against the Seahawks.
Reports of Pickett’s demise may have been greatly exaggerated.
As the media does — myself included — we ran with rumors of poor play in practice from Pickett. In truth, he did not look very good at the start of training camp, and he’s squarely behind the likes of Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph.
That is where he’ll stay, for now. But for the Steelers, it has to be encouraging that their first-round rookie can make plays when it matters most.
Pickett led a game-winning drive against the Seahawks in his first career preseason game. That drive was capped with a touchdown pass to Tyler Vaughns.
Kenny Pickett throws game-winning touchdown for Steelers
Pickett has plenty of pressure square on his shoulders. The Pittsburgh Panthers product is well-known in the area, and made a massive jump in his senior season. The Pitt QB was invited to New York City for the Heisman ceremony, ultimately losing out to Bryce Young of Alabama.
But that play was enough to convince Kevin Colbert to draft Pickett in the first round. He was the only quarterback selection in the first round in what was considered a weak class. Yet, Pickett is proving Pittsburgh right through one game.
All Kenny Pickett does is win bets for me. I love him forever
— Big Cat (Big Physical Presence) (@BarstoolBigCat) August 14, 2022
Kenny Pickett: 13 for 15, 95 yards, 2 touchdowns. Hell of a job, with a lot of hype surrounding the young man.
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) August 14, 2022
Kenny Pickett with the game winning touchdown pass
— Chris Dokish (@ChrisDokish) August 14, 2022
Yeah that looked pretty good. Kenny Pickett doing his best Kenny Pickett.
— Chris Peak (@PantherLair) August 14, 2022
not currently making a statue for Kenny Pickett or anything
— taylor (@ay_taybay) August 14, 2022
In his NFL debut, Kenny Pickett leads a game-winning drive in front of Steelers’ Nation.
Can’t make this stuff up. #Steelers
— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) August 14, 2022
He is a FOOTBALL PLAYER!!!!
— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) August 14, 2022
Yep, sign me up.
Steelers fans waited for that moment since April, and Pickett delivered in a big way.
Yes, it came against backups and yes, Pickett will have to wait his turn to start a real game at Acrisure Stadium (still feels weird to say), but it’s a damn good start.
The Steelers may just have their quarterback of the future. Consistency is the next step. He won’t become Ben Roethlisberger overnight.