The Steelers announced on Tuesday that they’ve updated their depth chart in regards to the backup quarterback position. Kenny Pickett is now No. 2 and Mason Rudolph has moved to the No. 3 spot.
There was an uproar on Twitter on Monday when the Steelers revealed their first depth chart of the regular season and Rudolph was listed above Pickett. It didn’t make a lot of sense to fans, as Pickett clearly outperformed Rudolph in the preseason. Of course, Mike Tomlin didn’t make the change due to backlash on Twitter. However, the reasoning for the change is unclear as of right now. It could have just simply been an error.
Pickett got playing time over Rudolph in the final two preseason games and put up stellar numbers. Pickett completed 29 of 36 passes (80.6%) for 261 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 124.7 throughout the preseason. Pickett finished the preseason 11th amongst all passers with a 124.7 passer rating, which was considerably better than the other top rookie quarterbacks.
Mike Tomlin’s first press conference of the regular season is at noon and it’s expected that he’ll address the Kenny Pickett situation and the entire quarterback depth chart status at that time.