The Kenny Pickett era seems to have begun midway through Week 4.
Pittsburgh’s rookie quarterback has entered the game for Mitchell Trubisky on the first offensive possession of the second half versus the New York Jets.
Trubisky’s benching comes after a listless first half from a Steelers offense that mustered just eight first downs in seven possessions, and failed to reach the red zone. After two quarters of play, the Trubisky-led offense gained just 147 yards of total offense and six points, three of which were aided by a Jets’ penalty that led to a 59-yard Chris Boswell field goal in the final seconds of the second quarter.
Trubisky completed 7 of 13 passes for 84 yards and one interception at the time of his benching.
Pickett’s first NFL possession didn’t go swimmingly, but the rookie QB was quickly given the ball in a crucial situation.
Faced with a fourth-and-1 at their own 31-yard line, Pickett’s number was called with a successful QB sneak. Two plays later, Pickett looked for Chase Claypool downfield, but it was Jets safety Jordan Whitehead that came down with an interception on Pickett’s first-career pass.
The Steelers quickly got the ball back after Minkah Fitzpatrick caught a tipped pass for an INT, and Pickett’s number was called once again at the goal line, scoring the team’s first touchdown of the day on a QB sneak.
Pickett’s first career TD gave the Steelers a 13-10 lead over the Jets.
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