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The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback battle will come down to the last preseason game, Kendrick Green knows he and the offensive line need to step up and Kenny Pickett is poised to break an NFL preseason record.

🏈 Mike Tomlin said that that all of his starting battles, including quarterback, will come down to the final week of the preseason.

🏈 Alan Saunders and Nick Farabaugh take their second shot at predicting the Steelers’ 53-man roster.

🏈 Farabaugh has his top five winners and losers from the second week of Steelers preseason.

🏈 One of those losers was Kendrick Green, who said he has to play better going forward.

🏈 Steelers Injury Updates: Cam Heyward is back, Calvin Austin III is nearing a return, Devin Bush missed practice

🏈 In addition to the Steelers signing free agent offensive tackle Adrian Ealy on Monday, the team also hosted offensive lineman Carson Green for a visit, according to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network.

🏈 According to NFL Research, Kenny Pickett’s 138.6 passer rating is the highest among rookie quarterbacks in a single preseason since 2015. Pickett has completed 19 of 22 passes (86%) for 371 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in two preseason games.

🏈 Hall of Fame left tackle Tony Boselli said on 93.7 The Fan that he doesn’t believe the state of the Steelers’ offensive line should prevent Pickett from starting. Boselli cited Joe Burrow and Troy Aikman as guys who had success after getting hit a lot.

🏈 Chris Simms of NBC Sports thinks Pickett should start right away, but is hesitant because of the O-line. “I would go with Kenny Pickett,” Simms said. “Just go Pittsburgh. Mike Tomlin will know how to manage it and all that. I only have one issue or one question, and it’s not Kenny Pickett. Man, the Steelers’ O-line ain’t good.”

🏈 According to CBS Sports, the Steelers have the eighth-best winning percentage (.614) in Week 1 games since 2000. The New England Patriots have the best winning percentage in Week 1 games in that period (.727), while the Cleveland Browns have the worst (.068).

🏈 Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell said their starters will play in Sunday afternoon’s preseason finale against the Steelers at Acrisure Stadium. Jared Goff will not play, however. Tim Boyle is expected to get the start at quarterback.

🏈 Of the 16 snaps that Chase Claypool played in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, 13 of them came in the slot. It appears the offensive coordinator Matt Canada will utilize Claypool more in the slot this year, while Diontae Johnson and George Pickens will predominately be on the outside.

🏈 According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Pickett and George Pickens are the co-favorites to win Offensive Rookie of the Year at +900. FanDuel Promo Code.

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