Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett has shown some flashes despite mixed reviews from the team’s training camp in Latrobe.
Pickett, despite being the most pro-ready prospect in this quarterback class, remains a rookie. There’s bound to be a learning curve in his first year adjusting to the professional level.
So, when pitted against the likes of Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph, it would be understandable if he fell slightly behind in the opening days of training camp.
Unfortunately, that’s not how sports media works. The Pickett panic meter is at an all-time high. It doesn’t help that Pickett went to college at Pitt, and is replacing all-time great quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
This has the makings of an all-time great sports story, or another huge letdown.
Steelers: Kenny Pickett making progress, despite reports
When comparing Pickett to the likes of Rudolph and Trubisky, it helps put his issues in perspective. The early days of training camp are an adjustment for the offense, especially in year one without Big Ben.
The defense, like is the case in most training camps, held an early edge when matched up against all three quarterbacks.
Yet, there was a bright spot for Pickett which was missing for the likes of Trubisky and Rudolph — and that’s a throw which arguably neither of them could make even on their best day.
Plays like the above are what made Pickett a first-round selection in the first place. If he can bring that level of play consistently, he’ll cement himself as a household name outside of Pittsburgh.
As always, there’s more than meets the eye in NFL training camp.