Steelers QB update: Mitch Trubisky is up front, but it’s time to start taking Mason Rudolph seriously.

At the start of training camp, Mike Tomlin said he and the Steelers’ coaching staff Will not micromanage the competition at quarterback.. Pittsburgh’s head coach said knowing full well that the media — and therefore the team’s fans — will and will continue to do the same during the summer.

It cannot be said enough that we are in the early stages of training camp. Pads come on Monday, and that will add an entirely different element to practice and therefore the Steelers’ quarterback competition. But there were a few things worth noting about Pittsburgh’s quarterback situation from the first few days of camp.

Mitch Trubisky is in the driver’s seat.

The expected starter before camp, the former Bears Pro Bowler remains the favorite to be under center when Pittsburgh opens the regular season Sept. 11 at Cincinnati. While it hasn’t been a perfect camp, Trubisky was solid during Thursday’s seven shots. , a seven-play drill that challenges the offense to score from the 3-yard line.

Trubisky led the offense on seven shots on the first four plays. On those plays, he threw scoring passes to Chase Claypool , Anthony Miller , Zach Gentry , as the offense took a 3-1 lead (h/t Jim Wexel Steel City Insider). Trubisky also threw an interception, but it came when the pass was dragged away from its intended target. After a less-than-ideal first day of camp, Trubisky played better Thursday, with his decisiveness among the key improvements from the previous day.

As far as the most experienced quarterback to know the Steelers offense, Rudolph made the most impressive throw during Pittsburgh’s first day of camp, a downfield completion to new Steelers wideout Gunner Olszewski. Is. Rookie Calvin Austin’s long touchdown also came from Rudolph.

But while Trubisky looked decisive Thursday, it was the opposite for Rudolph, especially on seven shots. Rudolph completed one of his three attempts and was nearly stopped on his first attempt. His one completion led the offense to a 4-3 win over the first seven shots of training camp.

After Friday’s practice, Rudolph received a vote of confidence from Claypool, who feels that Rudolph has and will continue as it relates to winning the starting job.

“It’s crazy how accurate he is.” Claypool said Of Rudolph, via ESPN’s Brock Pryor. “He doesn’t get enough praise and attention. He’s in the running like every one of those guys.”

Kenny Pickett is the obvious third-string QB.

There is a clear gap between Pickett and the two quarterbacks beyond him on the depth chart. That’s largely to be expected, as Pickett is a rookie while Trubisky and Rudolph are entering their sixth and fifth NFL training camps, respectively. While he’s undoubtedly going through some growing pains, The Athletic’s Mark Kabuli observed That Pickett’s first days of camp were significantly better than Rudolph’s first early camp practices as a rookie in 2018.

Mobility is one advantage Pickett has over Trubisky and Rudolph. He put it on display during the first two days of training camp, and Pickett will certainly continue to lean on his athleticism as he acclimates to his new surroundings.

The Steelers’ final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, Oladokun did not get a single rep with Pittsburgh’s first-team offense during the first two days of camp. It’s clear that Oladokin has his work cut out for him if he’s going to have any shot at making the 53-man roster. It will take a strong preseason from him and either injury or a drop-off from Rudolph for Oladokun to make the cut.

However, a strong training camp could convince the Steelers to place Oladokin on the practice squad. Pittsburgh benefited from having a QB on the practice squad in 2019, when several injuries forced the team to promote Devlin Hodges from the practice squad to the starting lineup.