Steelers’ GM Doesn’t Hold Back On Kenny Pickett

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The Pittsburgh Steelers seem rather instable at quarterback right now, as Kenny Pickett has not yet shown he can be the long-term answer, and Mason Rudolph is probably nothing more than a very capable backup. Plus, Rudolph is about to hit free agency.

That has led many to believe that the Steelers may look for other answers under center this offseason, whether that means trading up in the NFL Draft, swinging a trade for someone like Justin Fields or potentially signing Russell Wilson once the Denver Broncos release him.

However, general manager Omar Khan seems satisfied with Pickett at the current point in time and appears to be comfortable rolling with him going forward.

“I have full faith in Kenny,” Khan said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “He’s shown us some good things and there were some issues with the offense. I’m excited about the impact that [new offensive coordinator] Arthur Smith is going to have on him.”

The Steelers hired Smith as their offensive coordinator earlier this offseason after he was fired from his post as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

“Arthur’s very optimistic about Kenny and I know they’ve communicated,” added Khan. “Like I said, we’ll have strong strong competition there and we’ll see how it goes.”

Pickett, who played his collegiate football at the University of Pittsburgh, was selected by the Steelers with the 20th overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft.

He had a rather underwhelming rookie campaign, making 12 starts and throwing for 2,404 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Pickett proceeded to make 12 more starts this past season before going down with an ankle injury. He was supposed to return later in the year but ended up getting benched in favor of Rudolph.

During his time on the field in 2023, Kenny Pickett totaled 2,070 yards, six touchdowns and four picks.

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