3. After avoiding a major injury, Pickett says he's ready to go
Kenny Pickett suffered a bone bruise on his knee against the Texans, leaving his status in doubt for a while this week. However, he told reporters after a full practice Wednesday that he "will be ready to go by Sunday".
Pickett delivered the game-winning touchdown pass to Najee Harris the last time these two teams met, late last season in Baltimore. But there are a couple of reasons why it may not be the worst thing if Tomlin erred on the side of caution and decided against using him versus the Ravens this week.
For one, you don't want to risk exacerbating the injury. Give it some time, and with the bye week following the Ravens game, he should be ready to go when the Steelers return to action against the Rams.
Secondly, Tomlin might want to give Trubisky a chance. Pickett hasn't looked like the Pickett we saw in pre-season or even the last nine games of last season. And Trubisky's performance, or lack thereof, would be an indicator to solidify the answer to the question: "Is it Matt Canada's offense, or Pickett, that's the problem”?
Trubisky started five games last season, including the first four of the campaign. He completed 65.0 percent (117-of-180) of his passes for 1,252 yards, 4 TDs, and 5 interceptions.
In last season’s 16-14 loss to the Ravens at Acrisure Stadium, Trubisky came off the bench in relief of an injured Pickett and completed 22-of-30 (.733) for 276 yards and a TD. However, he threw three interceptions, all of which were picked off either in the end zone, red zone, or on a potential scoring drive.