The Pittsburgh Steelers will have a tough opening schedule for the 2022 NFL season.
They will kick off their campaign against the Cincinnati Bengals, the team that represented the AFC in Super Bowl LVI.
A week later, they will go up against the New England Patriots, a squad that also made last year’s playoffs.
Then it’s off to Cleveland in Week 3 to face division rival Browns.
With the season fast approaching, naming a starter is at the top of head coach Mike Tomlin’s agenda.
However, ESPN’s Brooke Pryor shared that his decision remains a secret.
Mike Tomlin says he “might” have a starting quarterback, but he won’t be disclosing that to us now.
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 28, 2022
Pryor tweeted, “Mike Tomlin says he “might” have a starting quarterback, but he won’t be disclosing that to us now.”
Tomlin’s decision boils down to two men: Mitchell Trubisky and Kenny Pickett.
The Steelers made Pickett the only quarterback selected in round one of the 2022 NFL Draft and gave him a four-year, $14 million rookie contract.
However, he has exceeded expectations during the preseason.
He had a solid game against the Seattle Seahawks, finishing with 13 completions for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
A week later, the former Pitt Panther completed six of seven passes for 76 yards and a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Finally, he wrapped up the tune-ups with ten passes for 90 yards versus the Detroit Lions.
Trubisky’s Claim As Starter
Earlier in the offseason, Tomlin stated that Trubisky was looking to be their starting quarterback as of that moment.
He did not disappoint with his performance against the Lions, finishing with 15 completions for 160 yards and a touchdown.
In the other two games, he only had nine completions for 123 yards and a touchdown.
His recent showcase against Detroit might have given him an edge for the starting role against Pickett.
Still, he cannot afford to fail because an able replacement is waiting.