Pittsburgh may take heart from the performances of all three candidates as the dust settles on the Steelers’ 32-25 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the first leg of their quarterback battle. The quarterback of the future, Kenny Pickett, made the biggest play and elicited the loudest fan response. When Steelers coaches examine the film with their fine-tooth combs in the days to come, they will see that Mitchell Trubisky answered the bell admirably as the man at the top of the depth chart, and Mason Rudolph provided sturdy play worthy of a longtime backup.
Head coach of the Steelers Mike Tomlin remarked, “They shuffled their units. They carried out the less formal duties related to the job in terms of communication and leadership. They were a couple. For all three, their debut performance went well. Naturally, we will examine it tomorrow and make that assessment.” Unsurprisingly, Tomlin would not reveal who will start as quarterback in Week 1 or who was currently in the lead. Pickett, though, appears to be going to find a place for himself.