Steelers first spherical decide Kenny Pickett listed as third QB on depth chart

The Pittsburgh Stackers They released their first official depth chart on Friday and fans hoping for rookie Kenny Pickett to take over right away 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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That probably shouldn’t be a huge surprise. Trubisky, who was signed by the team two year deal in the offseason, it was expected to open the season as the starting team. Although the team drafted Pickett in the first round, he has received third-string reps during training camp.

The biggest shock is that Rudolph remains No. 2 on the team’s depth chart. Rudolph, who was selected by the team in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft, has not taken in limited time in the NFL. In 10 starts, he has thrown 16 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. The Steelers could have turned things over to Rudolph after Ben Roethlisberger retired, but the team opted to bring in Trubisky and spend a first-round pick on another quarterback.

Pickett’s placement on the depth chart may be disappointing to some, but depth charts don’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. It’s still very early in training camp, and players are subject to a lot of ups and downs as the games go on.

Being third on the depth chart isn’t a sign that the Steelers think he’s a bust. It probably speaks more to his lack of NFL experience compared to Trubisky and Rudolph.

Kenny Pickett will likely start games for the Steelers in 2022

Pickett is unlikely to remain third on the depth chart for long. Rudolph’s roster spot may not be safe considering the Steelers looked to bring in competition during the offseason. If he struggles during the season, Rudolph could be cut, or at least dropped to third on the depth chart.

Trubisky will likely open the season as the starter, but he may not keep that job. Trubisky put up solid numbers over his NFL career, throwing for 64 touchdowns against 38 interceptions, but his performance left a lot to be desired. Despite those numbers, Trubisky didn’t get a chance to start last season, instead opting to back up Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

There is a case where Trubisky lives up to his No. 1 overall draft status. 2 and turns in a great year with the Steelers. However, it’s more likely that Trubisky raises the average to average, and the team eventually turns to Pickett.

Pickett’s placement on the team’s first official depth chart likely doesn’t change that timeline. He will get his chance eventually. That won’t change because he’s listed as the team’s third quarterback on the depth chart in early August.

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

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