Ever since the beginning of NFL training camp, a lot of people have been questioning who would potentially be the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the upcoming 2022 season. There have been reports coming out of Pittsburgh camp that Mitchell Trubisky is in line to be the starting quarterback for them to at least start the season, though.
It might be a surprise to some people because they drafted Kenny Pickett in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, but to others, it may not be. The sports betting odds won’t change much no matter who is the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, though. What does this mean for the Pittsburgh Steelers if Mitchell Trubisky is named the Week 1 starter?
Mitchell Trubisky Gets a Second Chance
Mitchell Truibsky will be getting a second chance in the NFL as a starting quarterback after being the Buffalo Bills’ backup quarterback a season ago. Trubisky was the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears under Matt Magy for a few seasons and got the stick’s raw end.
Trubisky is a veteran in this league and once won 13 games with the Chicago Bears in a single season. Mitchell Trubisky is very mobile.
He brings something that Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t the last few years: scrambling legs and moving the chains. That could provide a different element in this offense when plays break down and keep possessions alive.
They will make this a friendly offense for him. Pittsburgh will be a run-first team with Najee Harris carrying the rock. Pat Freiermuth is a reliable tight end.
The Steelers have some solid wide receivers in rookies George Pickens and Calvin Austin III, Chase Claypool, and Diontae Johnson.
Kenny Pickett Gets More Time To Learn the System
Sometimes rookie quarterbacks don’t necessarily need to start Week 1, which is sometimes not bad. It feels very rare for rookie quarterbacks not to start right away, especially if you are a first-round pick. Trey Lance of the San Francisco 49ers did not play much last season and is now the full-time starter in San Francisco, though.
Kenny Pickett was the only first-round quarterback, 20th overall out of PITT in the 2022 NFL Draft. He has the tools to be a good NFL starting quarterback.
It is possible that he can start games for them at some point this season. The Pittsburgh Steelers fan base may call for it, especially if Mitchell Trubisky struggles at some point.
Pittsburgh probably won’t play him the first month of the season. Expect him in October at the earliest. Kenny Pickett will be able to watch film and experience games from the sidelines before playing actual games.
Expect him to be the backup quarterback over Mason Rudolph come Week 1. He will see plenty of reps in preseason action, though.
Mason Rudolph’s Day With the Pittsburgh Steelers Are Numbered
Once upon a time, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Mason Rudolph and thought he would be the heir apparent to Ben Roethlisberger. It appears as if his days are numbered with this franchise. Rudolph is listed as the third quarterback on this depth chart.
The fanbase knows what he can do already. It is not positive.
Head coach Mike Tomlin and the whole organization know this. The entire Pittsburgh Steelers fan base would revolt if they named Mason Rudolph the starting quarterback. If they did that, it would feel like a white flag to the franchise for the 2022 season.
This is a franchise with Super Bowl expectations every single season. Pittsburgh knows what is going on here, and they might just keep two instead of three quarterbacks on the roster.
A Shot At the Postseason
The Pittsburgh Steelers were 9-7-1 and the seventh seed last season with a struggling Ben Roethlisberger. Mike Tomlin, the head coach, has never had a losing season. Mitchell Trubisky can help this football team qualify for the playoffs, and that isn’t a bad thing, though.