Pittsburgh misplaced on the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night time, 29-17, falling to 1-2. Head coach Mike Tomlin and the Steelers have rolled with free-agent signee Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback over Mason Rudolph, who has made 10 NFL begins, and rookie Kenny Pickett, who they chose with the No. 20 choose within the 2022 NFL Draft.
Trubisky has totaled 569 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, one interception and a 77.7 quarterback ranking, finishing 60.2% of his passes this season. He has additionally rushed for 23 yards and one landing.
Former NFL extensive receiver Amani Toomer contended on Friday’s version of “The Carton Show” that the Steelers ought to bench Trubisky in favor of Pickett, pronto.
“I would make the transfer now [starting Pickett] as a result of the crew simply appeared deflated,” Toomer mentioned of the Steelers offense after its Thursday night time loss to the Browns. “They did not seem to be the Steelers that I might ordinarily see. I feel you bought to maneuver on. The entire crew appeared like they only did not have the vitality final night time as a result of they did not have anyone to consider in.”
Will Tomlin bench Trubisky for Pickett after Steelers fall 1-2?
Craig Carton, Greg Jennings and Amani Toomer talk about whether or not Mike Tomlin will bend to fan strain and begin Kenny Pickett over Mitchell Trubisky.
FOX Sports activities NFL analyst Greg Jennings concurred with Toomer, arguing that Pittsburgh is failing to reap the benefits of a high-caliber receiving core.
“As a receiver, we really feel like we’re what makes the crew go,” Jennings mentioned. “Let’s face it: this can be a passing league. And you’ve got arguably probably the greatest receiving cores in all of soccer, however no person is aware of it due to your quarterback scenario. However but in case you make the transfer – and I get it, [Pickett’s] younger – however you are going to make that transfer finally, so why not now?
“Your protection is the focus of your crew. They’re the engine proper now. You’ll be able to permit him time to progress, get expertise, be uncovered whereas making this transfer with a younger receiving core now.”
Pittsburgh’s extensive receiving corps consists of Diontae Johnson, who totaled 107 receptions and 1,161 receiving yards final season, Chase Claypool and rookie George Pickens, who pulled off an unreal catch on Thursday night time. Additionally they have second-year tight finish Pat Freiermuth and working again Najee Harris.
Pittsburgh is averaging 18.0 factors (twenty second in NFL) and 272.7 yards (twenty eighth) per recreation this season. Matt Canada is in his second season because the crew’s offensive coordinator.
On the opposite facet of the ball, the Steelers have defensive pillars in linebackers T.J. Watt and Devin Bush, security Minkah Fitzpatrick and defensive lineman Cameron Heyward. In the intervening time, they’re with out Watt because of a torn pectoral, although.
Pittsburgh hosts the New York Jets on Oct. 2.
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