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Pitt’s Passing Effort Needs Improvement at All Three Levels



PITTSBURGH —  Pitt’s passing offense has left something to be desired through the first four games of the 2018 season.

As I’ve written about once or twice in my film study, the issues have come at all three levels of the passing game, with the offensive line not protecting well enough, quarterback Kenny Pickett missing some reads, missing some throws and being a bit quick to bolt from the pocket and Pitt’s receivers struggling to find separation down the field.

How bad has it been? It hasn’t looked that ugly all the time, but here’s how the numbers stack up.

Of the 130 FBS teams, Pitt is 115th in the country in passing yards, 48th in completion percentage, 109th in yards per attempt and 99th in passer rating.

Individually, Pickett doesn’t stack up any better. He’s 94th in passing yards, 153rd in completion percentage, 216th in yards per attempt and 204th in passer rating.

We’ve talked extensively about the problems. What do the Panthers hope to do about them? I spoke with Pickett, offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and center Jimmy Morrissey about how to tackle that question this week.

Here’s what they had to say:

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