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Kenny Pickett: I Handled Steelers Exit ‘How I Should Have’

Kenny Pickett has refuted reports that he reacted negatively to losing the starting quarterback role with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In the wake of Pittsburgh signing Russell Wilson and Pickett’s subsequent trade to the Eagles, reports are unflattering regarding Pickett.

After returning from ankle surgery last season, Kenny Pickett was relegated to the bench in favor of Mason Rudolph. It is reported he refused to be QB3 towards the end of last season. It is also reported Pittsburgh decided to trade him based on his reaction to the Wilson signing.


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“I think the communication is what it is,” said Kenny Pickett. “It was behind closed doors. I’m confident in the way I handled it. I handled it the way I should have handled it. I’m excited to be here. It worked out so well that Philly was the place I ended up landing in. I think everything happens for a reason, and I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

“I think that goes back to a lot of the communication behind closed doors that didn’t go the way that I feel like they went in how it’s getting released,” Pickett said when asked about refusing to be the third quarterback.

“There was a plan there for that game. It went down exactly the way it was planned to go down that entire week. I was coming off the ankle surgery, it is what it is. And like I’ve been saying, I’m very happy to be here.”


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“Just think this is a good reset,” he said. “A chance to play on this team in that quarterback room with a couple of great guys, helping those guys out any way I can and just be ready if my number’s called somewhere down the road. … Just trying to put my best foot forward and be an asset to this team.”

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