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Former Pitt QB Kenny Pickett Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles

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Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett.

The Kenny Pickett era in Pittsburgh has come to an end.

According to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Pittsburgh Steelers traded Kenny Pickett to the Philadelphia Eagles. It comes on the heels of the Steelers signing veteran quarterback Russell Wilson, and according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pickett did not handle the arrival well.

Pickett spent two seasons as the starting quarterback for the Steelers, after being selected with the 20th pick in the 2022 NFL Draftthe 20th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, and it was a tumultuous tenure. He will have a fresh start in Philadelphia — close to where he grew up.

Pickett threw for 4,474 yards with 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in his 25 games as a Steeler, and while he wasn’t put in the best situation to succeed in the NFL, his lack of production was troubling.

In 11 games last season, Pickett has completed 201-of-324 pass attempts (62%) for 2,070 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions — adding a rushing touchdown. It was an impossibly difficult season for the Steelers offense this season, with offensive coordinator Matt Canada fired in-season, and Arthur Smith is the man who will lead the new offense.

He completed 245-of-389 pass attempts (63%) for 2,404 yards with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions (adding 237 rushing yards and three more touchdowns on the ground) as a rookie. And while he’s shown flashes, he just wasn’t consistent enough in Pittsburgh.

Pickett is, however, only a couple of seasons removed from a standout senior season at Pitt, and he should continue to hold down a spot in the NFL — either competing for a starting spot or as a backup.

With 4,319 yards and 42 touchdowns, to just seven interceptions, on 334-of-497 passing attempts (67 percent) as a senior, Pickett was one of the highest-rated passers in the nation, and he added 241 yards and five more touchdowns on the ground.

Pickett finished his Pitt career as the all-time leader in passing yards, completions, total offense, touchdowns responsible for and passing touchdowns. He’s thrown the most 300-yard passing games (16) and 400-yard passing games (five) and his 32 wins are the most as a Pitt starter.

Pickett completed 1,045-of-1,674 career passing attempts (just over 62 percent) for 12,303 yards and 81 touchdowns, to just 32 interceptions. He also added 809 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns in the run game in 52 career appearances (49 starts).

He will now — likely — serve as Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts’ backup as he received a change of scenery.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Eli
Eli
2 months ago

Wow. Can’t say I saw that one coming.

Pittband
Pittband
2 months ago

Better off elsewhere. Ask James Connor. After Tomlin’s contract ends next year, he’ll leave, too. Then Art Jr. can pay himself to be owner, coach and quarterback.

Dixon
Dixon
2 months ago
Reply to  Pittband

Yeah, best thing that could happen to the guy. Get as far away from all the yinzer aholes as possible.

JHoff14
JHoff14
2 months ago

Here comes tannehill or fields

Menotyou
Menotyou
2 months ago

An NFL team admits a 1st rd. QB was a mistake this early? I’m kind of impressed.

Skip white
Skip white
2 months ago
Reply to  Menotyou

So they replaced a mistake with a washed up Russell Wilson? He was cut by the broncos and demoted at the end of the season. How is impressive is that decision?

Rob
Rob
2 months ago
Reply to  Skip white

26 TDs last year. Hardly washed up.

Skip white
Skip white
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Benched by the broncos then released by a non playoff team. Totally washed up.

Menotyou
Menotyou
2 months ago
Reply to  Skip white

What does Wilson have to do with drafting him at #1 a mistake?

Steve
Steve
2 months ago

Steelers screwed him royally. Reports had a few NFC teams that needed a QB inquired about him but Khan ships him to a team where he wont see the field unless Hurts gets hurt. He stays here and maybe hes starting next season if Wilson leaves.

Rob
Rob
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Get real. I’m sure Khan shipped him to the team that gave him the best return.

Adam
Adam
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Kahn can count money; that’s about it.

J D
J D
2 months ago

Glad to see him back home with his favorite team

Richard
Richard
2 months ago

To say that Kenny got a raw deal, would be understated. The offensive live was marginal at Best. Some fans say that he was Running for his life! The OC was also not centered in reality, who was let go mid-season. The wideouts were too erratic and non-productive. In total he will be better off in Phila’s rebuild then here.

J D
J D
2 months ago
Reply to  Richard

Philly isn’t rebuilding…

Rooster
Rooster
2 months ago

Which clown on the Steelers staff made this decision ??

J D
J D
2 months ago
Reply to  Rooster

There’s a reason Howie is one the best GMs in the NFL. He fleeces many GMs.

Section 122
Section 122
2 months ago
Reply to  J D

I mean I love Pickett as much as the next Pitt fan but he’s not a difference maker in the NFL. He’ll make a lot of money being a #2 for a number of years though. Hard to say the Steelers got fleeced in this deal.

Randino
Randino
2 months ago
Reply to  Section 122

But you’re not a pitt fan. You’re a ped state troll

Adam
Adam
2 months ago

I can’t wait to see what a 2-15 team looks like next year with no QB and probably no fan base. Steelers deserve all the worst that comes out of this and the Rudolph decision.

Nate
Nate
2 months ago
Reply to  Adam

Agreed. As a lifelong Steelers fan, I ask myself “what’s there to be a fan of”? They clearly can’t develop a young QB – crucial for any success in the NFL. Tomlin’s done nothing for 10+ years, is easily out-schemed by better coaches, and has zero discipline on his team.

I literally want nothing to do with Russell Wilson – gross.

Good luck to KP! I’m a part time Eagles fan now and hope the Steelers hit rock bottom with Tomlin out the door in the next season or two.

Rob
Rob
2 months ago
Reply to  Adam

Haven’t you heard? The Steelers don’t have losing seasons.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
2 months ago

Pickett pouted and forced a trade. Bad look

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