Steelers pick Kenny Pickett in the first round as third QB on the depth chart

The Pittsburgh Steelers released their first official depth chart on Friday, and fans hoping rookie Kenny Pickett will take control immediately may be disappointed. Pickett is listed as the team’s third quarterback, behind current starter Mitchell Trubisky and backup Mason Rudolph.

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This probably shouldn’t be a big surprise. Trubisky, who signed the team for a two-year off-season deal, was set to open the season as the team’s starter. Although the team picked Pickett in the first round, they did get repetitions on the third string during training camp.

The bigger shock is that Rudolph remains number 2 on the team depth chart. Rudolph, who was picked by the team in the 2018 NFL Draft’s third round, did not make an impression in the NFL in a limited time. He made 16 touchdowns against 10 steals in 10 starts. The Steelers were allowed to hand things over to Rudolph after Ben Roethlisberger left, but the team decided to bring Trubisky in and spend the first round selection on another quarterback.

Putting Pickett on the depth chart may be a disappointment for some, but the early depth charts don’t mean much to the overall scheme of things. It is very early on during the training camp and players often rise and fall as the game starts.

Putting Pickett in third place on the depth chart is not a sign that the Steelers consider him a bust. Probably more of his inexperience in the NFL compared to Trubisky and Rudolph.

Kenny Pickett is likely to start games for the Steelers in 2022

It is unlikely that Pickett will stay third on the depth chart for a long time. Rudolph’s place might not be safe considering the Steelers wanted to introduce competition out of season. If he does have problems in the pre-season, Rudolph could be cut, or at least relegated to third place on the depth chart.

Trubisky is likely to open the season as a starter, but may not keep the job. Trubisky has produced solid results in his NFL career, throwing 64 touchdowns against 38 steals, but his performance leaves much to be desired. Despite these numbers, Trubisky missed the season start last season, instead opting to support Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

There is a scenario where Trubisky reaches his overall draft status and ends a great year with the Steelers. More likely, however, Trubisky is giving in the mean or average numbers and the team ultimately turns to Pickett.

Placing Pickett on the first official team depth chart probably doesn’t change that timeline. Eventually he would get his chance. This will not change as he is listed as the team’s third quarterback on the depth chart in early August.

Kenny Pickett with the Steelers.

Kenny Pickett will start at the bottom of the Steelers depth chart. (Photo: Brandon Sloter / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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