During the team's OTAs, Robinson expressed his admiration for the young signal-caller, highlighting his exceptional qualities both on and off the field. Having spent nearly a decade in the NFL and played alongside various quarterbacks, including seasoned veterans, Allen Robinson recognizes something unique in Pickett, who is entering his second season in the league.
“For a second-year quarterback, he is definitely wise beyond his years,” Robinson remarked, per the Steelers OTAs blog. “How he leads the charge. His work ethic day in and day out. Very focused. He is definitely beyond his years.”
Robinson's initial impressions of Kenny Pickett were nothing short of awe-inspiring. While observing the quarterback from the outside, Robinson recognized his undeniable talent. However, it was only after spending time with Pickett at the Steelers' facility that Robinson truly understood the essence of his success.
“I am a person who watches a lot of football, and I was able to watch Kenny in college in some of those big games,” Robinson explained. “When you have a guy like that who has a knack for winning, a knack for being the kind of player he has been, which is leading all of the groups he has been a part of. I don't think that goes anywhere once a guy gets to the NFL. Once you put other guys around him, you start to see that player evolve into even more of a guy.”
To Allen Robinson, Pickett's limited experience doesn't matter. In his eyes, a leader is a leader.
“Leaders are born,” said Robinson. “It doesn't take a lot of time for a guy who is a natural leader. I think anybody here can tell that from Kenny. I have been here a little over a month and you can already tell his leadership, how he leads the charge day in and day out. For a second-year guy, that isn't easy. For a guy to be able to take a bull by the horns like that, it's pretty impressive.”
Allen Robinson truly believes Kenny Pickett has what it takes to lead the Steelers. In his rookie season, he threw 245 passes that went for 2,404 yards.