Kenny Pickett’s NFL debut may not have gotten off to a dream start as Jets safety Jordan Whitehead — another former Pitt star — picked off his first career passing attempt, but it’s already looking up.
The Pittsburgh Steelers benched incumbent starter Mitch Trubisky for Pickett to start the second half, and after the interception, which did bounce off of Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool’s hands on the deep ball attempt, Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick got the offense the ball back with an interception of his own.
And with a 3rd-and-goal opportunity from the 1-yard line, Pickett followed his blockers into the end zone for his first career touchdown.
Kenny Pickett’s first @NFL TD
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The touchdown run gave Pitt its first lead of the afternoon, a 13-10 advantage over the Jets, and Pickett will be counted upon to lead the Steelers to a crucial win to get back to .500 ahead of a grueling stretch of the season.
Pickett, through two series and a play, has completed 2-of-3 passing attempts for 16 yards and the aforementioned interception, and he’s added three yards on two carries — converting a fourth down attempt and the touchdown run.
After 101 career touchdowns at Pitt, Pickett will have some ground to cover before he reaches the heights attained during his college days.