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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin sounds off on Kenny Pickett tiny hands debacle

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As the Ben Roethlisberger era ends in Pittsburgh, the Steelers are putting their faith in rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett.

One huge – or should I say small – issue with Pickett has been the size of his hands, which have been held against him for being much smaller than the typical hand size for NFL QBs.

In an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was recently asked about the hand size issue and whether that weighed on their decision to take Kenny Pickett. Safe to say it’s not something he puts any stock into.

Via Pro Football Talk:

“I potentially was capable of buying into that if I didn’t watch him play college football in Pittsburgh and deal with the elements that come with playing in this environment,” Tomlin said. “So you can buy into the hand size thing or you can just look at how he performed in a variety of conditions, and we have those conditions in Pittsburgh. So there was very little speculation from our perspective about how he might handle the ball in inclement weather, wet days, etc. They played North Carolina on a Thursday night, I went to the game, it was raining pretty good that night and he had no issues.”

The Steelers brass seem confident that the size of his mitts won’t determine his future with the team.  But for all the talk about Kenny Pickett’s hands, nothing will really matter until he actually takes the field for NFL game action.