5 dream scenarios for Pittsburgh Steelers in 2023

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1. Kenny Pickett looks like a franchise quarterback

As much as I would love to see a playoff win for the first time since 2017, one thing that is even more important than a flash of post-season success is the development of Kenny Pickett. Typically, we have seen sizable leaps from former first-round quarterbacks in their second NFL seasons, and we need to see that with Pickett in year two.

If that happens, Steelers fans will be in for a treat. Pickett flashed at times as a rookie with his ability to extend the play and throw on the run. He also showed that he can come through in the clutch. While Pittsburgh's offense was unspectacular overall, Pickett was credited with four game-winning drives -- tying Ben Roethlisberger's highest in a single season.

Where Pickett needs to improve is his ability to routinely find his receivers over the middle of the field, and Matt Canada's poor passing concepts may be an obstacle he will have to overcome. Pickett was one of the worst quarterbacks last year in yards per attempt and adjusted yards per attempt, and these numbers need to climb significantly.

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Perhaps the most important thing that fans could witness during the 2023 season is that Kenny Pickett shows all the signs that he is indeed a franchise quarterback. If this turns out to be the case, the Pittsburgh Steelers could crack their Super Bowl window wide open in the coming years. Apart from winning a championship this year, this might be the biggest dream scenario we could ask for.