Pittsburgh, Pa. (93.7 The Fan/WGR 550) - It appears the Kenny Pickett era in Pittsburgh is about to begin.
It was first reported by NFL Network insider Ian Rappaport late Monday afternoon that the Steelers have decided to move forward with Pickett under center, taking over for Mitchell Trubisky as starting quarterback in Pittsburgh.
Then on Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed the change at quarterback, saying Pickett will start this coming Sunday against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park.
The Steelers' 2022 first-round pick made his season debut this past Sunday at halftime, after a struggling Trubisky left the team needing a spark.
In two quarters of action, Pickett was able to go 10-of-13 in the air for 120 yards, but did toss three interceptions. However, the 24-year-old did carry the ball six times for 15 yards, with two of those carries going for touchdowns.
Pickett will now be seeing first-team reps in practice to prepare for Sunday afternoon's matchup. It’ll be a tall order for the rookie to not only take on Josh Allen, but also face the No. 2 ranked defense in the NFL for his first career start.
If he comes out with the confidence and energy like he did against the New York Jets on Sunday, despite the team coming up just short in the end, Steelers fans could be in for a treat.
One thing is for certain though, we will finally get to see what the Pickett era is all about for the first time.