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Kenny Pickett Offers Advice on How to Deal with Negativity: ‘The World Has Enough Doubters’

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Steelers QB Kenny Pickett

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kenny Pickett recently spoke to high school athletes at the Champion Mindset Symposium hosted by All In Athletes. Pickett delivered a message on dealing with negativity as he transitions from the Pittsburgh Steelers to Philadelphia.

Tony Racioppi, who has been Pickett’s private quarterbacks coach since college, believes some false narratives were pushed about Pickett in his departure from Pittsburgh.

“The world has enough doubters. There’s plenty of people that are doubting,” Pickett told the high school athletes at the event. “That’s probably the majority of people out there in the media, fanbases, whatever it may be. But those special people that I was talking about earlier — coaches, family members. I think they can turn your mind around and try to prove them right and what they believe in you, can kind of be in a more positive mindset.”

In his introductory press conference with the Eagles, Pickett revealed what happened in his exit from Pittsburgh, and he felt like he handled the situation the right way. Pickett requested a trade following the Russell Wilson signing, as he felt like the Steelers were not honest with him in their intentions.

“I think the communication is what it is. It was behind closed doors. I’m confident with the way I handled it,” Pickett said.

Pickett reportedly had a great start to his tenure with the Eagles. One report even said he outperformed starter Jalen Hurts at OTAs.

According to Ed Kracz of Eagles Today, who covers the Eagles for Sports Illustrated, Pickett “looked sharp, sharper than Jalen Hurts, to be honest.” He also said the Eagles can win games with Pickett if something happens to Hurts.

“It’s been great,” Pickett told NBC Philadelphia 10 last month when asked about being in Philly. “Obviously, Jalen’s an incredibly talented player. He’s played in a similar system, and we’re kinda all learning this new one together. So the communication back and forth in the quarterback room has been awesome with the quarterbacks coaching us and Kellen (Moore). I couldn’t ask for a better room, better staff to be working with. Obviously, the talent around this team is pretty special, so it’s a great group to be in.”

The Steelers play the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 15. Unless Hurts suffers an injury prior or during the game, Pickett will serve as the Eagles’ No. 2 quarterback.

“I’m really excited about the things he can do. I’m excited that we have a piece in place there. But his job is to be the backup, and his job is to support Jalen and help him in any way that he can and be ready to play if he needs to play,” Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said at the NFL owner’s meetings in March.