The Steelers seem to have hit a wall at the quarterback position in the brief amount of time since Ben Roethlisberger retired. Kenny Pickett hasn’t come close to reaching the expectations of a first-round pick, and Mitch Trubisky may go down as one of the worst signings in team history. Mason Rudolph, though, gave Pittsburgh a much-needed explosion of offense, throwing for nearly 300 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-point performance from the Steelers’ offense in his first start in two years.
Despite Pickett’s struggles, and Rudolph’s instant success, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says it will be Kenny Pickett as the starter in 2024.
“There will be no open competition next year. Kenny Pickett is their QB in 2024. But I think Rudolph has a good chance of being re-signed, if he wants to come back. But he will only come back, I would imagine, if he’s the No. 2 QB. Remember, that Bengals game was on national TV, and he did a lot to show other teams he can be a pretty good backup QB.”- Gerry Dulac’s Steelers Chat
The Steelers have been rumored to potentially be in on pursuing the likes of Justin Fields, Kirk Cousins, and Russell Wilson. If history tells us anything, though, Dulac is likely right and they will just run back what we saw this season.