Kenny Pickett Now The Backup: NFL World Reacts

The Spun: What

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 13: Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes the field for warmups before a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Acrisure Stadium on August 13, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

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Kenny Pickett’s stint as the Steelers’ third-string quarterback officially lasted one (1) day.

After being listed as the #3 QB behind starter Mitchell Trubisky and backup Mason Rudolph on Monday, Pickett jumped over Rudolph on an updated depth chart provided by the Steelers Tuesday morning.

“Updated #Steelers Depth chart for week 1 at CIN. HC Mike Tomlin will be detailing this release and other depth chart positions (announced earlier) today at his afternoon press conference,” Pittsburgh PR man Burt Lauten said in a tweet.

The change with Pickett, plus Lauten’s tweet about previous depth charts, has sparked rampant speculation that Pickett’s “stint” as the third string quarterback was solely the result of a behind-the-scenes miscommunication.

Presumably, if there was an error, Mike Tomlin will provide some context on what happened in his press this afternoon.

Regardless of the explanation, it will be Trubisky, with Pickett on standby, when the Steelers open the 2022 season in Cincinnati next Sunday.

If we had to guess, that’s the deal Pittsburgh will keep until Trubisky shows he can’t keep the team in the playoff battle.

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