All 3 Steelers QBs together with rookie Kenny Pickett play effectively

Mitchell Trubisky began for the Pittsburgh Steelers of their preseason opener and did not do something to lose floor within the quarterback competitors. However Mason Rudolph and Kenny Pickett aren’t going away.

All three Steelers quarterbacks appeared fairly good on Saturday night time. Pickett, a first-round decide, took his first snaps within the NFL and excited the gang. He threw the game-winning landing with three seconds left, and Pittsburgh received 32-25. Perhaps it says one thing concerning the Seattle Seahawks protection that each one three Steelers quarterbacks performed effectively, but it surely’s nonetheless an excellent signal for a Steelers staff attempting to exchange Ben Roethlisberger.

Trubisky appeared assured from the beginning of the sport. On the primary drive Trubisky led a landing drive. On the scoring play Trubisky began to scramble, then noticed there was a blown protection on wide-open Gunner Olszewski and hit him for a 13-yard landing. It was a powerful, environment friendly first drive.

Trubisky began the second drive with a reasonably throw to tight finish Connor Heyward over the center, simply previous the attain of the defender. Trubisky confirmed his athleticism later within the drive, wiggling out of a positive sack by Seahawks finish Darrell Taylor and scrambling for a number of yards. Trubisky performed two collection and was 4-of-7 for 63 yards.

Rudolph got here in after Trubisky — Pickett taking part in third tells you ways far he’s from profitable the beginning job — and threw a pleasant deep landing cross to George Pickens, a second-round rookie who’s producing a ton of buzz with a fantastic camp, within the nook of the top zone.

Rudolph completed 9-of-15 for 93 yards, and Pickett began the second half. Pickett, who performed on the College of Pittsburgh, got here in to a giant cheer from Steelers followers. He hit a bootleg cross for 11 yards on his first play. He completed the drive with a 1-yard landing cross to operating again Jaylen Warren and a two-point conversion cross. Followers chanted his title. Pickett accomplished his first 10 passes, although most of them had been quick, low-risk throws. Then when the Steelers obtained the ball again late in a tie recreation, Pickett led a game-winning drive, throwing a 24-yard rating to Tyler Vaughns, who spun away from a deal with try and scored, with three seconds left. Pickett completed 13-of-15 for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Give up the debut.

For the second, Trubisky is the favourite to begin Week 1. However the competitors is not over.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett had a strong debut in a preseason game against the Seahawks.  (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett had a powerful debut in a preseason recreation towards the Seahawks. (AP Picture/Barry Reeger)

Highlight staff: Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have a quarterback competitors too, so Saturday’s recreation at Pittsburgh was the largest on the preseason schedule.

Geno Smith performed pretty effectively when Russell Wilson was damage final season, he has been the starter by means of the offseason though Seattle traded for Drew Lock, and he began towards the Steelers. Smith did not make quite a bit occur however he was positive. Smith completed 10-of-15 for 101 yards earlier than taking a seat at halftime. Drew Lock obtained the second half and his efficiency from him will maintain the quarterback competitors alive. Lock was 11-of-15, 102 yards and two touchdowns. He appeared fairly good and might need reduce the hole with Smith.

Not a lot else went proper for the Seahawks. They trailed 14-0 early. The blown protection led to Pittsburgh’s first landing. A protracted punt return arrange the Steelers’ second landing. Tackling was a giant downside for the Seahawks. Seattle’s offense wasn’t dangerous but it surely had three punts and a discipline objective by means of 4 drives. Smith ran in for a landing with 21 seconds left within the half to finish his night time on a optimistic notice. Lock did have some success towards Steelers backups, which was good, although he fumbled late when he did not see blindside strain and was sacked.

Seattle is more likely to battle this season. That is what normally occurs once you commerce an elite quarterback like Wilson. Saturday night time did not present a lot optimism that the Seahawks will probably be higher than anticipated this season.

Standout participant: Washington QB Sam Howell

Commanders quarterback Sam Howell, rookie fifth-round decide, made some issues occur. It is only one preseason recreation, however Washington followers must surprise in the event that they obtained a pleasant worth decide within the draft.

Howell was 9-of-16 for 143 yards passing and had two dashing touchdowns as effectively. One was a pleasant scramble up the center.

The Panthers received 23-21 on a last-minute discipline objective however Howell did his finest to steer the Commanders to a lead after they trailed. Howell was as soon as thought of a first-round prospect earlier than his inventory plummeted, and he appeared fairly good in his NFL preseason debut.

Carson Wentz is the starter for Washington. The Commanders gave up quite a bit to get him. However Wentz could not achieve Indianapolis final season and he is no positive factor to play effectively in Washington both. Howell is value maintaining a tally of the remainder of the preseason, even when it would take a while for him to get an opportunity to play within the common season.

different video games

Chicago Bears 19, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 14: Bears quarterback Justin Fields had some good passes, significantly a enjoyable one to Darnell Mooney, who made a pleasant leaping catch for 26 yards.

However Fields was additionally below plenty of strain, which reinforces that the Bears’ offensive line may very well be an issue all season.

Buffalo Payments 27, Indianapolis Colts 24: The Payments did not play any starters, however the Colts did. The Colts had their starters in right through the primary quarter and into the second, and new quarterback Matt Ryan threw 10 passes. He accomplished six for 58 yards, an unremarkable Colts preseason debut. He did full a pair passes for 30 yards to his new No. 1 receiver Michael Pittman, however no different receiver stood out. The Payments got here again to win their ninth straight preseason recreation, kicking the game-winning discipline objective on the ultimate play.

Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Dolphins sat out many starters and the Buccaneers held out nearly everybody who would possibly play in Week 1. That is what preseason soccer appears like:

Second-year Buccaneers quarterback Kyle Trask obtained the lengthy look. After Blaine Gabbert was fairly good (5-of-5 for 56 yards and properly thrown landing), Trask was up and down. Trask threw an interception that landed on the defender’s legs earlier than it hit the bottom, but it surely should not have been thrown within the first place as he was below strain. He did have a landing drive by which he accomplished 5 of six passes for 56 yards.

New Orleans Saints at Houston Texans: Andy Dalton obtained the beginning for injured Jameis Winston, and confirmed why he’ll be one of many league’s high backups for some time. He went 5-of-5 for 51 yards and a landing to operating again Dwayne Washington. If Winston has to overlook any time in the course of the common season, Dalton can step proper in and maintain the offense operating.

Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos: These two groups had a joint follow this week in Denver, so each coaches sat virtually each starter. Josh Johnson began at quarterback for the Broncos and threw two touchdowns to offer Denver an early lead.

Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Chargers: Neither staff performed its starters. The Rams began the pattern of sitting starters by means of the preseason below Sean McVay, and Chargers coach and former McVay assistant Brandon Staley has adopted that path.

closing ideas

• Yahoo Sports activities’ Charles Robinson had a breakdown of Carolina Panthers QB Baker Mayfield’s begin on Saturday. Mayfield had a strong outing in restricted taking part in time, finishing 4-of-7 passes for 45 yards.

• The Chiefs needs to be enthusiastic about rookie defensive finish George Karlaftis. A primary-round pick of Purdue, Karlaftis obtained constant strain on the quarterback. A part of that’s taking part in towards the Chicago Bears’ dangerous offensive line, however he had a sack and two quarterback hits. He’ll be a giant a part of Kansas Metropolis’s protection.

• The Bears additionally obtained a promising recreation from a rookie defender. Security Jaquan Brisker was all around the discipline. He had 4 tackles, a cross defended and a deal with for loss. The Bears might need nailed that decide.

• Colts backup quarterback Nick Foles had some tough moments. He by no means noticed strain coming from his entrance aspect and was sacked, dropping a fumble that was returned for a landing. He additionally threw a cross that was effectively over his receiver’s head and picked off by the Payments. Payments QB Case Keenum, who began as Josh Allen sat out, wasn’t significantly better with a pair of interceptions.

• Washington rookie operating again Bryan Robinson appeared good, choosing up 26 yards and a landing on six carries. He might reduce into Antonio Gibson’s early-down work if he continues to impress.

• Steelers rookie receiver George Pickens has finished nothing however impress. He slipped within the draft attributable to a knee harm at Georgia however he already appears like he belongs within the NFL. The Steelers are going to have to search out methods to get him concerned early within the season.

And as a bonus, try Pickens pancake a cornerback (on the backside of the display screen):

• Texans rookie operating again Dameon Pierce is an attention-grabbing participant. He is a fourth-round decide on a staff that wants younger expertise to emerge, and a reasonably clear path to profitable a beginning job. His first run of the preseason went for 20 yards, and it was spectacular.

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