With the NFL With the season set to begin in five weeks, there are some notable quarterback competitions underway.
Two involve rookies looking to establish themselves at the top of the depth chart, and all include veterans with aspirations of reviving their careers.
Here’s a look at where the league’s ongoing QB competitions stand.
Kenny Pickett checks in at third place at Pittsburgh Steelers depth chart
The Steelers have released their first depth chart of the 2022 season. And while experience says not to put too much stock in a team’s initial depth chart, it’s worth noting that Pickett, Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, behind Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph, respectively.
Peter King of NBC Sports reported last weekend that the starting quarterback position is Trubisky will lose.
The Carolina Panthers they are not ready to name QB1
Head coach Matt Rhule said that he does not intend to make any “major decisions” at any position until after the team’s first preseason game on Aug. 19 in New England.
Assumptions are that it mainly refers to the QB competition between Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold.
“Patriots week is a real litmus test for us,” Rhule told reporters after Saturday’s scrimmage. “This will really show us where the kids are.”
Even after the start of Carolina’s preseason, Rhule said he might refuse to make a decision if neither QB has split.
Marcus Mariota named the launcher inside Atlanta
The Atlanta Falcons signed Mariota to a two-year contract in the offseason after trading Matt Ryan to Indianapolis. A month later, they took Desmond Ridder 74th in the draft. This has spawned a bit of a QB controversy, though Mariota appears to have already won the job.
“Obviously, we have a plan for each of them. Marcus is the first,” Falcons QBs coach Charles London he said recently. “So we’re going to this thing.”
The selection of Mariota as QB1 is no surprise given his experience in the league and the fact that head coach Arthur Smith brought him in after the two worked together at Tennessee.
Geno Smith remains on top Seattle
No, the Seahawks haven’t released a depth chart yet, but coach Pete Carroll recently confirmed that Smith is ahead of Drew Lock in the quarterback race.
Locke, in fact, has had little to no work with the first-team offense since arriving in Seattle in the spring.
“Geno continues to be on top,” Carroll said, via Pro Football Talk. “He’s ahead. He’s been in the lead for all the obvious reasons, and he’s holding it and doing a really good job in the fight. Both kids are communicating nicely, learning well. We’ve got no problem with anything we’re trying to do.”
Smith has been with the Seahawks for the past three seasons. Last year, he started three games in place of the injured Russell Wilson. With Smith under center, Seattle struggled offensively in losses to the Steelers and Saints before breaking out in a win over the Jaguars.
Stay tuned for more QB competition updates.
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