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Mapping Out the Steelers’ Path to Making Kenny Pickett a Franchise QB

Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) Throws During The First Half Of An Nfl Football Game Against The Indianapolis Colts, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, In Indianapolis. (Ap Photo/Michael Conroy)

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Kenny Pickett doesn’t have the status of a franchise quarterback. He can, however.

The Steelers need to do everything possible to help this 20th-ranked draft pick succeed.

Despite Monday’s victory over Indianapolis Colts (24-17), this is not the case.

The Steelers’ win proved that they are far from being a consistent competitive team.

It’s not easy to outdo a weak Colts offensive led by Matt Ryan. Any win is good. However, both teams struggled throughout, especially when they were asked to move the balls with any regularity.

Pickett deserves credit for Pickett’s fine performance. He He completed 71.4 percent of his passes, rushed 32 yards and earned an 87.5 passer rating.

Although these numbers might seem small, Pittsburgh’s wide receivers were able to drop multiple passes after Pickett had made precise throws. His ability to extend plays was also crucial in the extension of some drives.

“HeTomlin says it’s improving every week. Reporters. “It is a very natural thing because of my experience. HeIt’s a competitor. He’s smart. There is still plenty of meat on the bones. It’s just a normal process.

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin Talks With Quarterback Kenny Pickett During The Second Half Of An Nfl Football Game Against The Indianapolis Colts, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, In Indianapolis. (Ap Photo/Michael Conroy)

AP Photo/Michael Conroy

“But, like I always say: he’s enough and we’re enough to win while it happens. We are not rating him or us according to a curve. We are aware that he is still developing. Each snap is an opportunity for exposure. Sharp guys, competitors, can learn from these situations.”

Overall, the first-year signal-caller was efficient when he needed to. The Colts used soft zone coverage all the time and often sent four men to rush for the passer.

Pickett hasn’t turned the ball over in three games straight, but he could do more if given the chance. Pickett is currently limited in offense, but those problems are not necessarily at his feet.

The scheme is repetitive, uninspired, and overly simplistic. After this season, Mike Tomlin is the head coach and must find a replacement to Matt Canada, the offensive coordinator.

“It wasn’t us giving them plays,” Cincinnati Bengals defensive linebacker Germainepratt stated. Telled After his team’s win over the Steelers, CBS Sports aired the news on last week. “We knew what they were doing. They enjoy repeating the same plays.

Canada and Tomlin downplayed Canada’s comments during the Colts preparations.

“That is what they did.” [the Bengals] “They say it when they have success and they don’t say that when they aren’t,” the head coach. . “I don’t worry too much about that. I try to focus on what is within our control.”

Canada replied, “It came to my attention that it was said. Pratt and I have been friends since high school. Sometimes there are more stories than you guys discover when you do all the investigating. It is what it was. We didn’t win the game. The second half was not as good as the first.

Based on Monday’s results, it seems that winning or losing is irrelevant in this case.

Above was a Colts defender During the telecastHe yells, “It’s all the same plays.”

It is completely unacceptable for a league to encourage offenses to be unoriginal and lack of schematic creativity. Staff can Accept It is possible to run “some repeat ideas” as many times as you like. All play-designers have their favorites calls.

Multiple opponents being aware of what the Steelers do during back-toback weeks can be very problematic, especially for a rookie quarterback trying navigate these turbulent waters infested with sharks.

The Colts defense was strong enough to win the game, even if it wasn’t for Indianapolis’s offensive ineptitude.

However, a system can only be as effective as the people who are actually implementing it. Still, Pittsburgh’s problems with wide receiver drops and inconsistencies at the offensive end are a major problem.

Investments at wide receiver are already being made. Diontae Johnson signed a two-year extension worth $36.7 million in August, after George Pickens was drafted in the second round. Two things should happen from now on.

Indianapolis, Indiana - November 28: George Pickens #14 Of The Pittsburgh Steelers Catchs A 35 Yard Pass Against Brandon Facyson #31 Of The Indianapolis Colts During The First Quarter At Lucas Oil Stadium On November 28, 2022 In Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo By Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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Pickens should first be considered the No. 1 wide receiver for the team. Pickens should be considered the team’s No.1 wide receiver. The target is 6’3″ and 200 lbs. He’s a typical Xreceiver that can handle a 100-catch year. Drops can occasionally rear their ugly heads, but they are easily forgiven thanks to some amazing grabs along the route.

Johnson may be paid like the Steelers’ top wide receiver, but he’s simply not consistent enough to be treated as anything more than a complementary piece—a very good one when things are going well, but a complementary piece nonetheless.

Additionally, the Chase Claypool trade with the Chicago Bears opened the doors to a wider range of receivers during the draft.

The Steelers can now focus on a reliable hands-catcher, who can eventually be Pickett’s safety blanket. Next year’s draft cycle will gain momentum. Keep in mind Rashee Rice of SMU, Zay Flors from Boston College, and Josh Downs from North Carolina.

Indianapolis, Indiana - November 28: Yannick Ngakoue #91 Of The Indianapolis Colts Sacks Kenny Pickett #8 Of The Pittsburgh Steelers During The First Quarter In The Game At Lucas Oil Stadium On November 28, 2022 In Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo By Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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The prospects mentioned above are now considered Day 2 options. The offensive line should be Pittsburgh’s number one priority.

Even though Dan Moore Jr. is only 24-years-old, he sometimes looks older than his peers. Pickett’s backside would be helped if he had a first round investment in the premium spot.

Despite Monday’s result, the Steelers (4-7) are still stuck in a logjam to secure a high draft pick. According to, they currently have the 12th overall pick. Tankathon Should be within reach of one of the top offensive tackle prospect, either from Northwestern’s Peter Skoronski (Oklahoma State’s Paris Johnson Jr.)

Pickett will be able to achieve success with a new offensive approach that includes Jaylen Warren, Najee Hari, and Benny Snell at the backfield. Pickens Johnson, another talented wide receiver, tight end Pat Freiermuth and Pickens Johnson should all work together.

The Steelers aren’t likely to have Josh Allen or Patrick Mahomes as their center. Pickett is capable of helping the Steelers win consistently if he’s in the right circumstances. He isn’t, at least not right now.

In the next few months, this setup will undergo a major overhaul.


Bleacher Report’s NFL reporter Brent Sobleski is his. Follow him on Twitter. @brentsobleski.

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