A losing record and mediocre stats may not have been enough to cost Mitchell Trubisky his job as starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazetteit was a halftime showdown with receiver Diontae Johnson that led to rookie Kenny Pickett’s climb to the top of the depth chart.
Trubisky was benched in favor of Picket in the second half of Pittsburgh’s Week 4 loss to the New York Jets. He would have been below center after halftime, but got into a heated argument with Johnson, according to Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac, who felt he was being ignored.
Johnson himself dropped a pass that resulted in an interception for Trubisky in the first half.
A losing record and mediocre stats may not have been enough to cost Mitchell Trubisky (pictured) his job as starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it was Trubisky’s week 4 halftime showdown with Diontae Johnson that led to rookie Kenny Pickett’s climb to the top of the depth chart
When Trubisky yelled back at Johnson in the locker room on October 3, he was told by the coaching staff that Pickett would be below center in the final 30 minutes of the game.
Pittsburgh (2-4) eventually lost 24-20 as Pickett threw three interceptions while completing 10 of 13 passes.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett, left, is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White (45) after unleashing a second half pass on Sunday. Pickett allegedly suffered a concussion during the play
Pickett was better in Buffalo’s Week 5 loss at Buffalo, completing 34 of 52 passes for 324 yards, but failed to throw a touchdown and added another interception.
He was perhaps at his best against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, completing 11 of 18 passes and registering his first touchdown until he was sidelined with a concussion.
Trubisky then came off the bench and led Pittsburgh to the 20-18 victory with a touchdown pass of his own and 144 yards on 9-of-12 passing.
“It feels good to win as a team, to show my teammates what I’m capable of,” Trubisky said after the game. “But I think the best part is seeing their joy and excitement after such a hard-fought win. We’ve had some ups and downs over the past few weeks, but to have that feeling, that’s what you’re looking for every week.”
Pickett’s status for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins remains unclear, but Trubisky is expected to play if the rookie is out after last week’s head injury.
As for Johnson, Pickett threw more balls his way than Trubisky, not that it helped Pittsburgh that much.
In the week 5 loss at Buffalo, Pickett targeted Johnson 13 times, completing just five passes for 60 yards.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) celebrates with wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) after throwing a first-half touchdown pass during an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Pittsburgh on Sunday
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