Kenny Pickett getting ‘varsity action’ as Steelers intrigue grows

Kenny Pickett delivered in his first taste of NFL action and the Steelers are ready to give him a bigger test.

The 24-year-old, whom the Steelers selected 20th overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, will be the No. 2 quarterback entering Saturday’s preseason game against the Jaguars, behind free-agent signing Mitch Trubisky, after Pickett finished their win over the Seahawks last Saturday with a dramatic late touchdown.

Kenny Pickett (8) during the Steelers' preseason win over the Seahawks on Aug. 13, 2022.
Kenny Pickett (8) during the Steelers’ preseason win over the Seahawks on Aug. 13, 2022.
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Mitch Trubisky (10) during the Steelers' preseason win over the Seahawks on Aug. 13, 2022.
Mitch Trubisky (10) during the Steelers’ preseason win over the Seahawks on Aug. 13, 2022.
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“We just simply want to see Kenny in more varsity action,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters on Thursday. “We know more about Mason [Rudolph.] Mitch has been around the professional game, obviously.

“And so this is a big week for [Pickett] in terms of maybe getting in in the first half of this game. And, I would imagine, getting the opportunity to see front-line defenders for Jacksonville.”

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