Rising Steelers insider @FarabaughFB buys into what the veterans in his field are insinuating. He thinks there is something fishy about Kenny Pickett being a healthy scratch yesterday in Seattle. Added that Pickett could be "disgruntled" with how things are being handled at QB.— Donny Football (@DonChed54) January 1, 2024
Take it for what it’s worth:— Zachary Smith (@ZacharySmithPGH) January 1, 2024
I reached out to somebody who’s provided me Steelers info in the past. I was told the same that’s been floated out there. Kenny refused to be the backup yesterday. Woof…
Just got told that Pickett 100 percent refused to be the backup. That the Steelers writers know that but won't write it.— Mark Madden (@MarkMaddenX) January 1, 2024
Fans and media alike have made their thoughts known on the situation. Many feel like Pickett has no right to behave this way, should the rumor be true.
I believe the reports Kenny Pickett didn’t want to be Rudolph’s backup. Too many reliable people are saying it. This is not a good look at all for Pickett.— Austin Bechtold (@AustinRBechtold) January 1, 2024
Not a good day for Kenny Pickett stans….— Portersburgh (@PortersBurgh) January 1, 2024
Kenny Pickett was a terrible pick when PIT made it and nothing has happened to change my mind on that.— Derek Brown (@DBro_FFB) January 1, 2024
Pickett should have never gone in rd 1… https://t.co/8xXp8UjPsd
What does Kenny Pickett get out of refusing to be the backup? It’s weird cause by all accounts he’s been a team guy but I can’t questions DB and Smitty ♂️— D (@GunslingerViews) January 1, 2024
Others believe Pickett has been wronged by the organization.
The #Steelers want to, at least temporarily, bench Kenny Pickett. Let me be clear: Tomlin and the organization are responsible for the stagnation of his development. Period. Inept play calling. No protection. A total disservice to a 1st round pick. Kenny’s time will come.— Harry G. Psaros (@PittGuru) January 1, 2024
Mike Tomlin has absolutely butchered the development of Kenny Pickett. Pickett played hurt for you all year. Rushed back from injury to get screwed over by the organization. Has Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield feels to it. Disappointed with how they handled 8 #HereWeGo— RickeyShifko (@RickeyShifko) January 1, 2024
In general, I don't think pro athletes should waste time or energy responding to rumors. Better to just do your job.— Melanie Friedlander (@Girlsurgeon) January 1, 2024
But now would be a good time for Kenny Pickett to immediately squash the story that he refused to be a backup QB if it's not true.
And for the record, I don't…
Regardless on what side you’re on, it can’t be denied that this offseason will be full of difficult questions to answer and tough decisions to make when it pertains to the quarterback position.