Although the Steelers used a first-round pick on Kenny Pickett, Mitchell Trubisky is the favorite to be the team’s Week 1 starter. Pittsburgh’s initial 2022 depth chart reflected that plan, listing Trubisky with the first team and Mason Rudolf as its backup.
Those placements can certainly change over the next month, and each of Pittsburgh’s three passers have received first-team work. But Trubisky drew the bulk of the Steelers’ starting reps during training camp. The former No. 2 overall pick hasn’t strayed far from his competition. Trubisky had some positives, but for the most part he struggled in camp, via Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com and Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.
After Trubisky passed away with the Bears, the Steelers signed the 2021 Bills backup to a two-year, $14 million deal that included playing time incentives. It’s a pretty bridge situation. clear, similar to the one in which Trubisky replaced Mike Glennon in Chicago five years ago, but it’s unclear how much development time Pickett will have to support. Only three first-round passers in the past 10 years have made it past week 10 of their rookie years without starting (Jordan love, Patrick Mahomes and Johnny Manzel), although some (including Trey Lance and Paxton Lynch) returned to the bench after the start of the rookie year.
Rudolph has seemed the best so far, ESPN.com’s Brooke Pryor said during an interview with 93.7 The Fan (Twitter link). This continues a trend of the team’s offseason schedule. The Steelers were careful to include Ben Roethlisbergerthe long-standing backup in conversations about this year’s starting job. The former third-round pick beating Trubisky, however, would certainly signal a free agency misstep by the team. Rudolph’s extension, signed in 2021, continues this season.
“We’re not going to micromanage or overmanage this quarterback competition.“, mike tomlin said, via Wilson. “The depth chart will not be based on every throw. I know you’ll want to ask me every day and every throw, but we’re gonna be a little more stable than that..”
The 49ers keep swinging Jimmy Garoppolo in the trades, and although the veteran starter is tied to a base salary of $24.2 million (not guaranteed until Week 1), any team that trades for the ninth-year passer would rework their contract. No rumors have emerged that Garoppolo is a legitimate option for Pittsburgh, but if Pickett is seen as closer to a redshirt rookie than one to take over early, the 49ers’ trade chip would almost certainly be a better one. option over the two Steelers veterans. Pittsburgh holds just under $10 million in cap space.