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Ben Roethlisberger offers help to Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett: ‘He said he was always there for me’


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Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett will compete with Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolf for the starting job in Pittsburgh, and the first draft pick has an excellent “resource” for the competition.

Pickett told reporters on Friday that the newly retired Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger recently contacted him to offer help with Pickett’s transition to the NFL.

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“He said he was always there for me if I had any questions or advice,” Pickett said, via the team’s account. website. “He’s an incredible player, Hall of Famer. He’s a guy I’ll definitely use as a resource in the coming weeks here.”

Kenny Pickett of the Pittsburgh Panthers during warm ups for the ACC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 4, 2021
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Pickett was the first and only quarterback selected in the first round of the draft last month. He stood out at the University of Pittsburgh, where he finished the 2021 season with 4,319 passing yards and 42 touchdowns and was named ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year. of the ACC.

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The 23-year-old signalman joins the Steelers, who have been searching for their next QB since Roethlisberger retired after 18 seasons.

Ben Roethlisberger offers help to Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett: ‘He said he was always there for me’

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger waves to fans after a game against the Cleveland Browns on January 3, 2022 in Pittsburgh.
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He led Pittsburgh to two Super Bowl victories and 12 playoff appearances while earning six Pro Bowl selections. As the 2004 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, he’s someone Pickett can look to.

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“I think it’s all mental,” Pickett said after Friday’s visit. “I know what I have to do, I know everyone’s responsibilities on offense. Learn from new defenses that are in the NFL. There’s a lot to do. I’m excited to get into it and being obsessed with trying to be the best I can be and learning as much as I can.”

Ben Roethlisberger offers help to Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett: ‘He said he was always there for me’

Kenny Pickett of the Pittsburgh Panthers warms up before a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Heinz Field on October 30, 2021 in Pittsburgh.
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The Steelers went 9-7-1 last season and ranked 21st in points scored and 23rd in yards gained.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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