Kenny Pickett Aug 13, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) scrambles with the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL preseason debut for Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett couldn’t have been scripted much better.

Pickett completed 13-of-15 passes for 95 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions, to go with a 132.6 passer rating, in a 32-25 Steelers victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He added two carries for 16 yards.

And the second touchdown pass — with Tyler Vaughns doing a great job after the catch — served as the game-winner in the final seconds.

Pickett also threw a touchdown pass on his first drive.

(You can see every Pickett pass and run here.)

So, this is a great start for Pickett in his hopes to land the Pittsburgh starting quarterback job sooner than later. He’s currently battling for the job with veteran quarterbacks that are likely no more than stopgap options (and ideally backup options), in Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph.

Pittsburgh may ease Pickett in and have him start the season on the bench, but perhaps he can force the issue in the coming weeks if he continues to make clear progress in preseason games and practices.

The Steelers selected Pickett with the 20th overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft after he was a local star in college football for the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Here’s a look at how NFL fans are reacting to Pickett’s winning debut:

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