Pickett says he’s had a really successful camp

Excited about his progress as he’s getting comfortable with the NFL game
Kenny Pickett throwing at practice
Photo credit 93.7 The Fan

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Obviously he would want to be the starter, but that’s not his decision. Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett says regardless who goes on the field first in Cincinnati, he’s pleased with his improvement.

“Comfortable with the offense, playing fast trusting that my eyes/my feet are tied together,” Pickett said.  “I’m going through my reads, my progressions and just getting the ball out of my hand fast.  Happy with how I’ve progressed that way throughout camp.  I definitely want to keep it going.”

Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin said he has not yet decided on his starting quarterback for the season opener in Cincinnati.  Mitch Trubisky believes he’s done what he needed to be that guy.  Does Pickett feel like it comes down to the exhibition closer on Sunday?

“It definitely does not come down to one game,” Pickett said.  “I think it’s over a period of work the last month that we’ve been grinding it out. I want to put my best foot forward, play as hard as I can like I always do and let the chips fall where they may.”

Pickett has missed on three passes in-stadiums the entire preseason, one of those was a ball thrown to the ground to stop the clock.  The Pitt star is 19 of 22 for 171 yards and a team-leading three touchdowns.  His quarterback rating is 138.6.

“Whatever reps I do get, I’m excited to go out there and have the last preseason game and just building off all of the process I’ve made throughout camp,” Pickett said.  “I thought it was a really successful camp, just growing and getting used to the offense.  Getting a hang of the NFL speed.”

His teammates are noticing.

“Kenny’s balls have become more and more catchable and he’s put a nice touch on it,” said Steelers receiver Chase Claypool.  “You can see the work he’s put in.  You can tell he’s very fired up to be on the field, very excited to be out there with the boys.”

Pickett said the more he’s played, the more comfortable he’s gotten. He’s now trying to prove he can do it consistently and doing it using a couple of mottos:
·     Being a professional
·     Being the same guy every day
·     Being the first in and the last out
·     Being the best

He led Pitt to 11 wins last season, one shy of a school record.  He also holds basically every passing record in school history.  Now getting some professional action has elevated his confidence.

“You can’t pass up game reps, there is nothing that really duplicates that,” Pickett said.  “To get those couple of drives there against Jacksonville and get used to those guys in the huddle and they get used to me.  It was great experience, glad we got some points on the board.”

Now he waits to see if he starts his first professional game or waits like he did his freshman year of college.

“Players’ play, coach’s coach, I’m going to play my ass off,” Pickett said.  “Let the coaches (decide), I trust them 100%.  Whatever they think is best for the team, that’s what I’m going to roll with.  I’ll be the best with whatever I can do.”

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