Steelers' Kenny Pickett says Ben Roethlisberger reached out to him; rookie plans to use Big Ben as a resource

Kenny Pickett currently has the assistance of Hall of Fame quarterback and fellow Pitt Panther Dan Marino. Pickett likewise has the assistance of the gamer he will attempt to follow as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ beginning quarterback this summer season. 

Following his very first day of novice minicamp, Pickett informed press reporters that he just recently got a call from Ben Roethlisberger, who 18 years ago started his journey as the Steelers’ quarterback. The Steelers prepared Pickett with the 20th total choice in this year’s draft following Roethlisberger’s retirement in January. 

“He said he’s always there for me if I have any questions or advice,” Pickett stated of Roethlisberger, by means of the Steelers’ site. “He’s an unbelievable player, Hall of Famer. He’s a guy that I’ll definitely use as a resource in the coming weeks here.”

Roethlisberger is distinctively certified to talk about life as a novice quarterback. The previous Miami (Ohio) Redhawk had probably the very best novice season a quarterback has actually ever had in the NFL. After beginning his novice season as Tommy Maddox’s backup, Roethlisberger entered his very first routine season video game in Baltimore in Week 2 following an injury to Maddox. 

Roethlisberger was not able to rally the Steelers to success that day, however he went on to win his next 13 starts while assisting Pittsburgh win a franchise record 15 routine season video games. Roethlisberger was called Offensive Rookie of the Year while setting an NFL record for the most successive routine season wins to start a profession. 

Like Roethlisberger, Pickett will not be handed the beginning task. But he will get a possibility to take on Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph throughout the course of the summer season. Pickett, who stated that he talked to both quarterbacks soon after being prepared, is welcoming the possibility of being an instant starter at the next level. 

“Any competitor, absolutely,” he stated a day after being prepared. “But I know how to be a great teammate. I know how to go about my business. I’m really excited to learn from those guys, like I said. All great people in the building. That’s something I’ve known since I’ve been at Pitt. I’m excited to be a part of this organization, and compete and work toward winning a championship.”

Speaking of champions, Pickett has the assistance of the quarterback who assisted the Steelers win their 2 latest Lombardi Trophies. Pickett likewise has the assistance of head coach Mike Tomlin, who established a connection with Pickett throughout his time at Pitt. 

“He had a couple elements of his game that were really attractive when you’re talking about the quarterback position,” Tomlin just recently stated on The Rich Eisen Show. “His ability to anticipate and his professional level accuracy. Oftentimes, the college guys have a ways to go in those areas. When we talk about someone having a high floor at the quarterback position, usually it’s because they’re pro ready in those areas, and he was.”

For Pickett, the Steelers’ novice minicamp is a possibility for him to start the acclimation procedure from college to professional football. It is likewise a possibility for him to get familiarized his brand-new colleagues as he steadies himself for his upcoming position fight. 

“I have no shot if I don’t know what I’m doing,” Pickett stated. “I’m really dedicating myself to the playbook and learning every detail I possibly can. I want to have a smooth practice with these guys and hopefully everyone looks good.”



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