Kenny Pickett

Overall Rank
QB32
2023
Height
6' 3"
Weight
217 lbs
Hand Size
8"
(1st)
Draft Pick
1.20
(2022)
College
Pittsburgh
Age
25.8
Best Comparable Player
Ryan Tannehill
Workout Metrics
4.73
74th
119.1
83rd
40-Yard Dash
Burst Score
Agility Score
Throw Velocity
Wonderlic Score
81.2
(77th)
College QBR
8.7
(71st)
College YPA
21.3
(35th)
Breakout Age
Kenny Pickett will have competition for QB1 role
2 months ago

The Steelers  said Kenny Pickett is their QB1, but they plan to bring in competition this offseason.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Mike Tomlin overcame Matt Canada and Kenny Pickett this past season and managed to keep the .500 or better streak alive while also making the playoffs. With Canada gone and Pickett entering a contract extension year Tomlin plans to bring in QB competition for Kenny Pickett.

 

Tomlin said he is open to having Pickett as their starter, but it seems he will do his due diligence before allowing Pickett’s poor play to threaten his streak again. It will be interesting to see where the competition comes from, but with so many intriguing Quarterbacks in the 2024 draft class, it will behoove Tomlin to take a shot on one. There are also free agent options such as Kirk Cousins, Ryan Tannehill, and Baker Mayfield the Steelers could look to bring in.

 

2023 was a bumpy year for a Steelers team that at times looked like one of the worst teams in the NFL, and Kenny Pickett deserves a lot of the blame for that. With Tomlin outright stating he is bringing in competition the writing is on the wall.

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Pickett OUT due to ankle; Trubisky expected to Start
4 months ago

Kenny Pickett gets ankle surgery, will be OUT for several weeks.

Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback, Kenny Pickett, has faced a challenging start to his NFL career, grappling with subpar performances and the recent firing of play-caller Matt Canada. Compounding the situation, Pickett suffered an ankle injury requiring surgery, sidelining him for several weeks. Amidst speculation about a possible benching due to his underwhelming stats—just 6 touchdowns this season and an average of under 185 passing yards per game—Mitchell Trubisky steps in as the potential savior.

 

Trubisky, a seasoned NFL veteran, showcased his capabilities by throwing a touchdown in relief for Pickett. However, facing a formidable Bill Belichick defense in his first start of the year during a short week raises doubts about the effectiveness of the Steelers’ offense. Caution is advised, as trusting any element of this Trubisky-led Pittsburgh offense in fantasy lineups appears risky, given the team’s lackluster performance throughout the season.

Canada Fired; Pickett’s Future Uncertain
4 months ago

Pittsburgh Steelers OC Matt Canada has been fired.

In a historic move, the Pittsburgh Steelers have made their first in-season coaching change since 1941, relieving Matt Canada of his duties. Despite well-wishes for Canada’s future endeavors, concerns have arisen regarding his performance as the Offensive Coordinator (OC), evidenced by a decline in the team’s scoring from 20.2 points per game (ppg) in 2021 to 16.6 ppg in 2023.

The impact of Canada’s offensive strategies on quarterback Kenny Pickett has been notable, with Pickett’s statistics reflecting a mediocre 13 touchdowns to 13 interceptions ratio and an average of 179.4 yards per game over 23 career games. The coaching change prompts anticipation for potential improvements and a clearer evaluation of Pickett’s capabilities.

The Steelers have outlined a shift in leadership, with RBs Coach Eddie Faulkner taking on a significant role in offensive game planning, while QBs Coach Mike Sullivan assumes the role of offensive play caller on game days. Sullivan, with prior stints as an OC with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants, brings experience to the position. Despite past challenges, the Steelers and fantasy managers are optimistic about potential positive changes following this strategic adjustment.