Rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett was among the main attractions over the Pittsburgh Steelers’ OTAs this week. From wide receiver Chase Claypool’s standpoint, as he noted on Wednesday, he has been pleased to see Pickett continue to further his “understanding” of the team’s offense.
“I think Kenny's understanding of the playbook early on, he knows everything,” Claypool said. “There are even sometimes that I will be like, what do I have here because we have some new plays going in, and he will tell me right away.”
As per the NFL’s regulations, Pickett and the Steelers did not take part in live contact drills over the past weeks at OTAs. At the least, the reigning ACC Player of the Year winner was able to lead the offense in sheer passing drills with the likes of Claypool and rookie wideout Calvin Austin III.
The Steelers capped off their mandatory minicamp on Thursday, as quarterbacks Pickett, Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph all ended up featuring in passing drills this past week. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has not yet released a depth chart for the upcoming 2022 season. Still, offensive coordinator Matt Canada did note earlier this week that it is “clear” Trubisky currently sits atop of the team's quarterback depth chart.
Pickett will next receive a crucial opportunity to impress Pittsburgh's coaching staff during training camp next month.