There are several quarterbacks who are going into their second season this fall, looking to seriously build on what they did in 2022.
While someone such as the San Francisco 49ers’ Brock Purdy did very well and is looking to get to the Pro Bowl or even an elite level, Kenny Pickett of the Pittsburgh Steelers is simply trying to prove that he can lead his team back to relevance.
Analyst Chris Trapasso says that among incoming second-year QBs, Pickett is the most likely to take a leap this fall and winter.
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Pickett was the No. 20 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft by the Steelers shortly after Ben Roethlisberger retired, and they hoped they would strike it rich with him.
Early in the season, he looked shaky, especially when it came to ball security, but he picked it up later in the schedule and finished with 2,404 passing yards in 13 games.
This coming season, Pickett will have some decent weapons that will help him develop and improve his confidence.
Wide receivers Diontae Johnson and George Pickens make up a decent playmaking duo, while newcomer Allen Robinson II will provide some veteran experience.
In the backfield, Najee Harris put up over 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons and made the Pro Bowl in 2021, his rookie season.
Pickett did very well in his last season at the University of Pittsburgh, throwing for 4,319 yards and 42 touchdowns, and the Steelers are hoping that success will carry over into the NFL for years to come.NEXT: George Pickens Feels Like He Was Snubbed From Pro Bowl