LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Mitch Trubisky will get his first chance to show himself in a game and become the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Coach Mike Tomlin announced Thursday that Trubisky will start Saturday in the team’s first preseason game, hosting Seattle.
Trubisky, the second overall pick in the draft in 2017, is challenging the experienced Mason Rudolph, who has extended his contract with the team, and Kenny Pickett, the Steelers’ first-round pick in 2022.
The trio are vying to replace retired two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger.
“I wasn’t going to be talking without deciding on the quarterback rotation,” Tomlin said. “We have considered giving players the opportunity to work in different groups, but our intention is for them to play this first time very similarly to when we started this process.”
Trubisky has primarily worked with the starting players during practices, while Rudolph and Pickett have done the same with the second and third units, respectively.
Tomlin hoped Thursday that the main draw will play a quarter of the game on Saturday, the second group the second and third periods, although the playing time could change during the match.
“If a first-team player lacks the experience, he could play in the second quarter,” Tomlin said.
“We will do what we think is appropriate. Our goal is to give everyone at that game the opportunity to showcase their abilities and better understand their game in real football circumstances.”
Trubiski signed a two-year deal with Pittsburgh in March after filling in for Josh Allen in Buffalo for the 2021 season.
A top-five draft pick, Trubisky was a Pro Bowl selection in 2018 and twice led Chicago to the postseason. However, he had four uneven seasons with the Bears, going 29-21 as a starter, 64 touchdowns and 37 interceptions.