Former NFL running back LeSean McCoy helped former NFL players Pacman Jones and Brandon Marshall interview Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool about the latest episode of “I Am Athlete Podcast” and during that lengthy interview the product of the ‘University of Pittsburgh wanted to make known its feelings about quarterback rookie Kenny Pickett, the twentieth overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.
“Listen, I’ll say it this way, Joe Burrow, Kenny Pickett, I can’t see the difference,” McCoy said bravely. “The only thing I see, I see a tough guy.”
McCoy didn’t stop there when it came to praising Pickett, as he also went on with a 2022 prediction on when he thinks the rookie quarterback will finally take the field for the Steelers.
“He’ll be your starting quarterback,” McCoy told Claypool, in particular. “Not the first week, not the second. Week six. Look, he’s bringing Pittsburgh. The tradition. Big well [Roethlisberger], leaves it in his hands. I see it right now. “
This is certainly a big praise from McCoy, but hardly surprising given that Pickett is also a product of the University of Pittsburgh. McCoy obviously has some biases running into his head as he has practically had a front row seat watching Pickett play over the past five seasons. Obviously it will be all about Pickett right now and especially with him now playing for his hometown Steelers.
Let’s be honest here, however. While we all hope Pickett can eventually become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, it’s a bit early to mention him in the same breath as Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who played on a team in the Super Bowl last season. Let’s see what Pickett looks like during the retirement and preseason before making further claims about what he may or may not become.
Personally, and probably just like McCoy, I’m looking forward to seeing many Pickett vs. Burrow battles over the next few years. The Steelers opened their 2022 regular season away to the Bengals and as we sit here in late June, it sure looks like new Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky will be starting that match of week 1, not Pickett.
The Steelers and Bengals will play a second time in 2022 in week 11 and that game will be a Sunday night match on NBC at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. If McCoy’s prediction turns out to be correct, Pickett will be the Steelers’ starter for the second game against the Bengals. I bet McCoy will be at Heinz Field for that match.
Pickett, by the way, signed his rookie contract on Thursday morning. It is not yet known whether Pickett will sign McCoy as president of his own fan club. That said, McCoy is highly qualified for the job.
“I just think, you know, in Pittsburgh, every six or seven years, we get a dominant player,” McCoy said. “We don’t have enough time to go through all the names, right? You are sitting with one of them right now. But listen, Pickett is the truth. If you saw him his senior year in college, he was freaking out. “