The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback room underwent a major offseason reboot following Ben Roethlisberger's retirement. Rookie Kenny Pickett and Mitchell Trubisky now lead the depth chart, with fourth-year Mason Rudolph filling in as the veteran mainstay.
The job is Pickett's for the taking, but he seems to be getting a bit of help from his veteran counterparts.
Rudolph was recently asked about taking Pickett under his wing throughout the offseason workouts, and took a subtle shot at Big Ben with his answer.
The fifth-year pro was asked about taking on the responsibility of helping first-round pick Kenny Pickett, and he promptly responded with some shade, according to Steelers indsier Brian Batko.
"Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph knew where the question was going. As a veteran now, does he find himself trying to take on the responsibility of helping first-round pick Kenny Pickett, as opposed to being … 'Being like someone else?' Rudolph said."- Brian Batko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It's pretty clear who Rudolph is referring to, although he never calls out Big Ben specifically by name.
This subtle shot is actually years in the making. Big Ben was pretty upfront about his displeasure with the front office drafting Rudolph back in 2018, saying "if the new guy asked him anything, he might just have to point to the playbook."
Rudolph clearly hasn't forgotten that not-so-warm welcome based on his recent comments, but is more than willing to help out his new rookie teammate in Pickett.
It's important for Pickett to develop into a viable starting quarterback for the Steelers. This will be the first season since 2003 that a new everyday quarterback started under center. Pittsburgh has a talented roster of weapons like Najee Harris and Diontae Johnson, but the quarterback play will need to succeed for wins on the field.
Pittsburgh enters the year with just +850 odds to win the AFC North on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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