In news that will surprise absolutely nobody who has followed the situation since springtime, it was learned earlier on Friday that free-agent signing Mitchell Trubisky was listed as a heavy betting favorite to ultimately be named the starting quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers over career backup Mason Rudolph and first-round draft selection Kenny Pickett.
The Steelers have since confirmed such prognosticators are spot-on as of the first full weekend of August.
As explained by Jordan Dajani of CBS Sports and Jonathan Heitritter of Steelers Depot, Pittsburgh released the first edition of its 2022 depth chart ahead of the team’s « Friday Night Lights » portion of training camp. Trubisky, who has spent the majority of practices working with the first-team offense since the spring, is listed as the club’s QB1.
As expected, Rudolph is No. 2. Pickett is third ahead of only seventh-round pick Chris Oladokun.
Pickett has unofficially been Pittsburgh’s third-string option throughout the process and just recently received some second-team reps. Head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters at the time to not read too much into who Pickett worked with on a daily basis.
« There will be more of that. All of those guys are running in all groups, it’s just part of team development, » Tomlin said of rotating his signal-callers.
The Steelers host the Seattle Seahawks in their preseason opener on Aug. 13. Expect all four quarterbacks previously mentioned to take snaps in that contest.