Mason Rudolph stays Pittsburgh Steelers backup QB through Kenny Pickett

PITTSBURGH — For the last half of the preseason, Kenny Pickett looked ready to take the backup quarterback job for the Pittsburgh Steelers and maybe even push Mitch Trubisky to a starting gun. Instead, the team’s first depth chart listed Pickett as the third stringer behind last year’s backup Mason Rudolph.

Pickett went ahead of Rudolph in the final two preseason games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions, and took on the lion’s share of the second-team replays in practice. Meanwhile, Rudolph quartered the scout team against the Steelers’ first defense.

Pickett and Rudolph have both performed well on preseason shows. Both completed more than 70% of their passes, averaged more than seven yards per attempt, had passer ratings north of 115, and neither threw an interception.

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