Tomlin, Colbert say starting a QB job will be open competition between Trubisky, Rudolph and Pickett

Who will be the starting QB Week 1 of the Pittsburgh Steelers? Nobody knows. Not even the Steelers. At their post-design press conference this summer, Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert turned it into an open competition between Mitch Trubisky, Mason Rudolph and Kenny Pickett.

Tomlin and Colbert both told reporters that all three men, including Pickett, will have the chance to compete.

“Quarterback is the most critical spot in and on the National Football League,” Colbert said after making the choice. “That’s not something to take away from Mitch Trubisky or Mason Rudolph. We have three young quarterbacks. We have great competition. As Coach mentioned, they will all compete to see who will be the starter. But I think we now have three really good options.”

As Colbert mentioned, Tomlin said Pickett would “definitely” get a chance to compete.

“He will definitely have the opportunity to participate,” Tomlin told the press.

Rudolph is the only returning Steelers QB from 2021 to 2022. Trubisky was signed at the start of the free agency and at the time was the frontrunner to be the team’s starting QB. But nothing would be given, especially with the comfort they had in Rudolph, who is ahead of Matt Canada’s system.

With Pickett in the mix, considered the most pro-ready QB in the class of 2022, he is now competing in that competition. He wasn’t as raw or underdeveloped as other quarterbacks in this class like Malik Willis, Matt Corral or Sam Howell. Pickett has the chance to play right away. Now it’s up to the Steelers to figure out a way to allocate the reps to get an accurate evaluation heading into Week 1.

Colbert praised Pickett’s maturity.

“Kenny is just a mature, well-balanced man.”

Tomlin praised Pickett’s easier projection and lower risk.

“We were talking about his high floor. His high floor was because of his intangible assets. But also the anticipation and the pro, accuracy were very clear and consistent when studying his tape.

It will be the first time the Steelers have faced uncertainty at QB heading into a season in two decades. But Pittsburgh has options, the competition is healthy and hopefully someone will stand out from the crowd in September.

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