The Pittsburgh Steelers have been without their starting quarterback for the past three and a half games.
Mitch Trubisky failed to keep the wheels in motion and was demoted to QB3, all while Mason Rudolph impressed in his first start since 2021.
Now, Rudolph seems slated to keep the reins of the offense for at least another week as Pickett continues to nurse an ankle injury.
When asked about his current status, the Pittsburgh product claimed that he feels like he’s ready to go, but he’s not going to go against what the coaching staff and trainers say (via ProFootballTalk on Twitter).
“It feels good,” Pickett said, via the team’s website. “I am going to take it a day at a time, see what the coaches are saying, what the trainers are saying. They have a plan for me, I am just going about what they are telling me. It feels like I am on track with what I need to do. It’s not how I feel, it’s what they see me doing and how they feel like I am looking moving around.”
Kenny Pickett: I feel like I'm on track, but it's up to trainers and coaches. https://t.co/TIjEB4jUMf
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 28, 2023
These could be crucial games not only for the Steelers but also for the future of the organization.
On the one hand, they still have a chance to make the playoffs.
On the other, they need to assess their quarterback situation, and Pickett had looked fine in limited snaps in the post Matt Canada era.
The team will likely go through several personnel and coaching changes in the offseason, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
But the jury could still be out on Pickett as him being the solution to their woes at the quarterback position, which is why the team would be wise to turn back to him as soon as he’s actually cleared to play.
If they feel like they’re ready to move on, then Rudolph should continue handling QB1 duties until the end of the season, whether the season ends next week or with a postseason berth.