Steelers surprising but most likely QB scenario for Week 1

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

The Steelers reeled in quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett during their offseason. Setting up quite the training camp quarterback battle. 

During the offseason, the Steelers’ move to sign quarterback Mitch Trubisky provided a feeling that the team was not headed towards a rebuild. In fact, it convinced many that the team was going to steer clear of spending their first-round draft pick on a quarterback altogether.

But as the first round of the draft dragged on, the man the Steelers had their sights set on was there for the taking at the 20th pick. The Steelers got Kenny Pickett with the announcement coming from Steelers’ great Franco Harris.

Now, it’s not quite obvious how this situation will pan out.

TODAY Sports make it clear that Trubisky is well on his way to becoming the starter for Week 1. Meanwhile, Pickett is getting junior varsity reps at best.

Using the first-round draft pick on Pickett seems like a good enough reason for him to take the starting job. However, there are a lot of ways that this situation can play out.

The majority of the hot takes suggest that Trubisky will be the starter in Week 1 and eventually, at some point, Pickett will take over for him and finish the season as the starter. However, this argument negates the upside that Trubisky has in a competent offensive system.

The hot-take artists seem to forget how Trubisky led the Chicago Bears to two playoff appearances, with the help of his horribly coached team.

They also won’t take into consideration his development in the Buffalo Bills system, where he served as Josh Allen’s backup. The Bills coaching staff did a great job developing Allen into one of the league’s best quarterbacks. To not acknowledge the impact they may have had on Turbisky is just ignorant.

The possibility remains that this could just be the best situation for Mitch Trubisky. Again, he has found himself on a team with a good defense. But, he also found himself on a team with a lot of talented weapons on offense.

The wide receivers have the size and speed to get open for Trubisky. Pat Freiermuth is a young and versatile tight end who has proven to be a good target. We all know Najee Harris’ potential when he’s given room to run. If the offensive line can greatly improve their run blocking, there should be no reason Mitch Trubisky can’t shine in this system.

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There is a good chance that Trubisky may be more than just a bridge quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.