Kenny Pickett Might Spend Rookie Season Inactive

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PITTSBURGH — Many expected that the Steelers would make Mitch Trubisky their starting quarterback. Their backup is Mason Rudolph, but no one expected him beat out Kenny Pickett.

In the final three weeks, Pickett held a clear lead over Rudolph in second-tea snaps. Pickett played with the twos in their final preseason games. He did not take a third string snap at practice since that first preseason game.

But the Steelers decided Rudolph would play as their backup. Therefore, Pickett won’t get a helmet on gameday to begin the season.

Pittsburgh typically carries three quarterbacks somewhere on the roster, whether that’s two on the 53 and one on the practice squad or three on the active roster. Rudolph is the No. Pickett isn’t dressing up.

The Steelers’ emergency situation has Rudolph taking over for Trubisky during a match. Pickett can step in for Trubisky if a change is needed mid-week. Rudolph will take care of any urgent matters.

It looks like Rudolph will be inactive for the remainder of the season. This is a strange situation considering the way the Steelers handled their quarterback battle in its final weeks. This was their plan, however.

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