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Steeler’s QB rankings after the first week of training camp

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When a team loses its franchise quarterback (albeit overdue), finding a new field general takes center stage. The Pittsburgh Steelers are right in the middle.

The players reported to Latrobe for training camp on July 26, but they didn’t hit the pitch for practice until the following day. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin keeps a close eye on everyone, but quarterbacks will be the most scrutinized as camp ramps up.

Since there are only a certain number of reps to complete, it will be interesting to see how they are divided up in the future. The order remains as she has organized team activities (OTAs) since spring: Mitch Trubisky, Mason Rudolph, Kenny Pickett. According to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Brian Batko, Trubisky got all the first-team representatives in the first week of camp.

When the Steelers return to work on Monday, August 1, we’ll see if Tomlin switches things up and gives Mason Rudolph a first-team chance and Kenny Pickett a second-team chance.

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No panic. Don’t overreact. Those words are being repeated by the media and fans about the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback race five days into training camp. But we will certainly be upset if this competition has been withheld from us since 2004.

Of course it was just football in shorts – a far cry from anything resembling live action – but it’s what we need to work on.

The most complete stats are from Steelers Depot, compiled from practice one, three and four (the weather was uncooperative and more difficult to tabulate on day two).

Mason Rudolph leads numerically: 22 of 32 for 181 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

It should come as no surprise that Rudolph is ahead. He was four seasons (10 starts) at Latrobe in the Steelers system and has finally stepped out of Ben Roethlisberger’s shadow.

All reports outside of camp agree that Rudolph looks (mostly) calm, cool, and collected. He no longer plays to retain second place; He is fighting for the starting role for the first time as a professional. This could mean a positive path in his career – whether in Pittsburgh or elsewhere.

Trubisky’s stats across three practices: 16-for-32, 159 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.

The former first-round pick has the most experience with 57 career starts and one Pro Bowl. He led the Chicago Bears to the playoffs in 2018 and 2020 but is without a win. Despite having a difficult start to camp, Trubisky has shown in past situations that he can overcome himself.

No matter what quarterback, the Steelers’ defense doesn’t make it easy for these guys. As usual, TJ Watt is a threat on the line of scrimmage, getting in the quarterbacks’ faces and knocking down passes.

Camp is an important part of a player’s development, especially a beginner. But whoever wins the Steelers starting appearance will likely make it to preseason games — live action against real opponents is when we’ll really see a winner emerge.

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Kenny Pickett ends the first week of competition statistically in third place. His numbers are 13-for-26, 55 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Via ESPN Brooke PryorThings didn’t start well for Pickett in the first team period on Saturday, July 30th.

After Trubisky and Rudolph took every shot in the hotly contested seven shots (seven plays from the two-yard line) on Thursday and Friday, Pickett finally got his chance on Saturday. And he took hold of it.

Pickett threw a laser on a fade to receiver Tyler Vaughns in the back corner of the end zone. Farabaugh said it was Pickett’s best throw through camp yet.

“Mike Tomlin was clearly delighted with the play and was quick to pat Pickett on the back afterwards,” wrote Farabaugh. “On the first rep, the rookie went into the red zone; that’s a great first impression. Pickett will of course earn more if they ramp him up, but that doesn’t mean Tomlin can’t get a little excited on the field, even if he won’t show it in a press conference.

Unfortunately, Pickett went 0-4 on the next practice session. According to Sports Illustrated’s Noah Stackbein, he ended the day nearly even, 4-7.

If you follow other teams in the NFL during training camp, you’ll probably remember that not so long ago quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson were also rookies.

From the camps of the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens it was said that both had problems. And just like us, her fans grew restless.

Fast forward to now, and Mahomes, Allen and Jackson are three of the best in the league. That’s not to compare Pickett to those guys, just that quarterbacks have to start somewhere, and that’s not always nice.

Camp is an important part of a player’s development, especially a beginner. But whoever wins the Steelers starting appearance will likely make it to preseason games — live action against real opponents is when we’ll really see a winner emerge.

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