Have some NFL teams have quarterback tournaments this summer.
With pre-season in full swing, let’s dive into where the league’s quarterback battles lie.
Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett received quick first-team shots in practice this week. He’ll get more of them against the better competition in Pittsburgh’s second pre-season game, the game against Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters on Thursday that Mitchell Trubisky will get the nod at the outset, but Pickett will also get rep for first-team fouls.
“We just wanted to see Kenny in more action,” said Tomlin. “We know more about Mason [Rudolph]. It’s clear that Mitch has played the game professionally. So this is an important week for [Pickett] about being able to get into the first half of this game and I would imagine there’s a chance to see frontline defenders for Jacksonville. “
Pickett still mostly shoots with the Steelers’ second unit in action.
Trubisky starts Steelers’ first pre-season game against Seattle Seahawks football team, leading Pittsburgh in a single tap drive open. Driver was limited by a touchdown pass 13 yards to Gunner Olszewski. Trubisky finished the 4-eat-7 night with an attempt to get over 63 yards and touch the ball.
Rudolph, entering his fifth season with the Steelers, picked up the spot Trubisky had left unfinished, completing nine of 15 passes for 93 yards. His night was marked by a 26-yard touchdown pass to the rookie wide receiver George Pickens.
Pickett, number 20 pick in the 2022 draft, had a sparkling debut. University of Pittsburgh The product finished the night with 95 passes and two touches on the 13-for-15 pass, taking what the defense gave him. Pickett’s effectiveness is likely to tighten Pittsburgh’s midfield competition.
“They switched their units,” Mike Tomlin on his QB. “They did informal things related to the position from a leadership and communication standpoint. They got involved. It was a good first time for all three.”
Although Geno Smith took the lead in the Seahawks quarter-final derby, head coach Pete Carroll pegged Drew Lock to start Thursday’s pre-season with Chicago Bears. However, those plans fell through as Lock tested positive for COVID-19 and would be disqualified from the competition. This robbed the 25-year-old QB of a crucial opportunity to push Smith to start work.
Since the transaction Russell Wilson arrive Dancer broncos, the Seahawks had a tie-up with Lock and Smith, who started three games for Seattle last season when Wilson suffered a finger injury. The situation still became more fluid after the team’s loss to Pittsburgh.
Acting as the team’s starter, Smith finished the game with 101 passes on 10/15 passes while also running for a 2-yard touchdown. The veteran seems to have the upper hand in midfield due to his familiarity with the Seahawks’ offensive behavior; Smith, 31, is entering his fourth season with Seattle.
Lock, on the other hand, finished the game with 102 passes and two touchdowns on the 11 to 15 pass. The fourth-year quarterback started a warm-up in Denver, sometimes showing off starter potential.
Veterans separate for Carolina Panthers
Carolina has four contenders for its first quarterback: Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Matt Corral and PJ Walker. All four played in the previous team’s 23-21 win Washington commanderswith veterans holding their own.
Mayfield, who was recently acquired from Cleveland Browns. The fifth-year quarterback is 2 to 3, including an 8-yard touchdown with Rashard Higgins. Walker, whose spot on the list was in jeopardy when the team acquired Mayfield, was the most playing of the bunch, throwing 136 yards with a 10 to 19 pass.
Corral, whom Carolina traded for selection with pick number 94 in the 2022 draft, finished 1 to 9 with 11 yards.
However, Mayfield and Darnold seem like the frontrunners to start, with Mayfield’s four years of experience starting for the Browns and Darnold entering a second season with the Panthers.
“Both are in command,” Rhule on Mayfield and Darnold. “Sam got us into the last quarters, Baker led us down the field, so it looks like both of them have done well in terms of production. We’ll go back and see where they are.”
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