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Steelers Twitter Hypes Kenny Pickett as Week 1 Starting QB After Preseason Week 2

Erin WalshAugust 21, 2022

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) warms up before the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

Kenny Pickett has captured the hearts of Pittsburgh Steelers fans following another impressive preseason performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday at TIAA Bank Field.

Pickett completed six of seven passes for 76 yards and one touchdown before being replaced by Mason Rudolph. His only incompletion came on a spike to stop the clock.

It comes after he completed 13 of 15 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh's preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 13.

With two strong preseason performances under his belt, fans are calling for Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin to name Pickett the team's Week 1 starter over Mitchell Trubisky, who signed a two-year deal with the franchise in March.

NFL @NFL

The <a href="https://twitter.com/kennypickett10?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@kennypickett10</a> to <a href="https://twitter.com/pat_fry5?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@pat_fry5</a> connection is looking strong. 😎<br><br>📱: Stream <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PITvsJAX?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PITvsJAX</a> on NFL+ <a href="https://t.co/b5R6YDpBPe">https://t.co/b5R6YDpBPe</a> <a href="https://t.co/o6zkFpYxvV">pic.twitter.com/o6zkFpYxvV</a>

Pitt Football @Pitt_FB

This Kenny Pickett guy can play, huh?<a href="https://t.co/GBORZzcnev">pic.twitter.com/GBORZzcnev</a>

Bucky Brooks @BuckyBrooks

Kenny Pickett looks like QB1..

. @Ike_SwagginU

About to be hard not to start Kenny Pickett…<a href="https://twitter.com/steelers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@steelers</a>

Andrew Fillipponi @ThePoniExpress

START KENNY PICKETT. THE FUTURE IS NOW.

Ryan Clark @Realrclark25

Kenny Pickett might win this dang job!!

chris @chrisburgh

It is not going to take long for Kenny Pickett to start, he is the one <a href="https://t.co/W1N1nKOdnm">pic.twitter.com/W1N1nKOdnm</a>

Josh Carney @ByJoshCarney

Boy does Kenny Pickett look so comfortable and confident. I’m sick of this OL though. Absolute disgrace tonight.

Ed Bouchette @EdBouchette

Kenny Pickett looks even better in this game for the Steelers than he did in a good debut last week

Michael Beck @MichaelBeck56

Kenny Pickett.<br><br>Dudes a stud

⚫️Minkah FitzMagic🟡 @MinkahMinaj

Kenny Pickett &gt; Mitch Trubisky i’ve seen enough

Chris Mueller @ChrisMuellerPGH

Kenny Pickett looked pretty damn good in the two-minute drill, don’cha know.

FanDuel @FanDuel

Kenny Pickett tonight: <a href="https://t.co/j1s4cCCfoy">pic.twitter.com/j1s4cCCfoy</a>

FanDuel Sportsbook @FDSportsbook

Kenny Pickett to Mitch Trubisky after that TD drive: <a href="https://t.co/xBpxfUlkXs">pic.twitter.com/xBpxfUlkXs</a>

Quan Quan @LilQuan_Quan

Kenny Pickett definitely QB1 material

mitch @mitchcassley

Kenny Pickett will be the starter by week 4

The Steelers selected Pickett in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft out of Pittsburgh, where he had an impressive 2021 season, completing 67.2 percent of his passes for 4,319 yards and 42 touchdowns against seven interceptions.

There were concerns about Pickett's smaller hand size and how it would impact his play at the NFL level entering the draft. However, it's clear that he's had no issues in that department thus far.

Even if Pickett isn't named Pittsburgh's Week 1 starter, there's always the chance he'll be given the opportunity to start at some point during the 2022 season, especially if Trubisky struggles.

In addition, at least right now, it looks like the Steelers have found their quarterback of the future in Pickett. If he doesn't see the field in 2022, there's no doubt he will at some point in the not-too-distant future.

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