Friday marked Steelers QB Kenny Pickett’s first preseason game as an official starting quarterback… and he did not disappoint, folks.
He played just a single drive, as was expected, but was nearly flawless in his execution, completing 6/7 pass attempts for 70 passing yards and touchdown pass to WR George Pickens.
Absolute DIME by Kenny Pickett for a George Pickens TD. Great drive by the Steelers. pic.twitter.com/xc1OuCXBKp— Hayden Winks (@HaydenWinks) August 11, 2023
His NFL passer rating? Nearly perfect — 147.9.
Pittsburgh fans can sleep well Friday, knowing their franchise quarterback looked just as good on tape as he did in the box score. Pickett showed a lot of poise in the pocket, even under pressure, keeping his eyes downfield. It’s a limited sample size, but clearly, HC Mike Tomlin has seen all he needs to see. To be fair, I don’t blame him — even as a longtime Kenny Pickett critic.