Steelers name rookie QB Kenny Pickett as Week 5 starter vs. Bills

Oct 4, 2022

The Pittsburgh Steelers have have named their young rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett, who made his first NFL appearance against the New York Jets in Week 4, as their Week 5 starter against the Buffalo Bills. Head coach Josh Tomlin made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

Pickett, 24, was the Steelers' first-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft. They'd signed former Chicago Bears/Buffalo Bills QB Mitch Trubisky to be their starter over the offseason, but with Pickett waiting in the wings, it was clear Trubisky was just a short-term solution, and wasn't in their long-term plans.

The short-term ended for Trubisky on Sunday, when Tomlin benched him after halftime in what would end up being a 24-20 loss to the Jets. Pickett started the second half, and completed 10 of 13 passes for 120 yards by the end of the game, but also threw three interceptions — one of which was on his very first drive. He also had six carries for 15 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

As for why Tomlin decided that was the moment to get Pickett his first NFL action, he said after the game that the team needed a "spark." However, he wouldn't name Pickett as the starter at that point.

Source: Yahoo Sports