Tomlin: Trubisky to start, Pickett to see more 'varsity' playing time as QB2

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It’s looking more like when the regular season starts it will be Mitch Trubisky as QB1 and Kenny Pickett QB2, that is if former Pitt star continues to impress.

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Saying that he wants to see more “varsity” action from Pickett, Head Coach Mike Tomlin said during his Thursday news conference that Trubisky will get the start Saturday night against Jacksonville, followed by Pickett and then Mason Rudolph.

When it comes to how much time each will play, Tomlin said that he will be playing it by ear.

He also expects Pickett to see some playing time with some other starters including on the offensive line.

Tomlin added that they already know what Rudolph brings to the table, so they want to see more from Pickett, adding it’s “reasonable to expect that Kenny Pickett would improve and mature.”

All healthy players are expected to see some playing time. That does not include rookie Calvin Austin, who is dealing with injury.

Tomlin said he would like top running back Najee Harris to see some snaps before the regular season, but didn’t confirm if it would be against the Jaguars.