The 2022 campaign will be the first that “Big Ben” won’t start after being the undisputed top play-caller for the squad for 18 seasons.
Their candidates for selection include Mason Rudolph, who has backed up Roethlisberger, and Kenny Pickett, who had a solid performance during his first preseason game.
Then there’s Mitchell Trubisky, who they signed on a two-year contract.
After all, he has playoff experience and hopefully learned a lot from Josh Allen after his one-year stint with the Buffalo Bills.
However, some fans might argue that Pickett deserves to start after a strong performance during the preseason.
To which ESPN’s Brooke Pryor reiterated that the battle for the top spot is over.
Exactly. Biggest storyline in the QB room is what happens behind Trubisky — is Rudolph the No. 2? Will Pickett catch on fast enough to jump him? That's what I'm watching through the last two preseason games. https://t.co/8c5liyLT8e
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 16, 2022
Pryor tweeted, “Exactly. Biggest storyline in the QB room is what happens behind Trubisky — is Rudolph the No. 2? Will Pickett catch on fast enough to jump him? That’s what I’m watching through the last two preseason games.”
Trubisky Is Pittsburgh’s Starting Quarterback
Head coach Mike Tomlin did declare in a recent interview that Trubisky will be their starter in Week 1 based on skill level.
He said in this video, “Yeah, because that’s the premise by which we started. We’ve been really transparent with the guys and we based our starter on resumes. Mitch has won in this league. The statistics bared it out that he has more experience than the others. So, we just thought that it’s appropriate to start there.”
Therefore, Rudolph and Pickett are basically competing to become second on the depth chart.
Pickett may have the edge for now after that strong performance.
But that order could change with each passing week.