It's what we've all been waiting for. While there has been no formal announcement from the team, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is listed as the No. 1 QB on the Pittsburgh Steelers' depth chart to start Week One.
The starting role was always Trubisky's to lose since Pittsburgh signed him to a two-year, $14.58 million contract this offseason. But, while Trubisky took most of the first-string reps this summer during training camp, it was suspected perhaps rookie (and only first-round QB selected in this year's draft) Kenny Pickett could overtake the role. Instead, Pickett is listed as No. 3 on the Steelers' first depth chart, behind Mason Rudolph, for some reason.
How long will the depth chart stay this way? It's a fair question. Head coach Mike Tomlin could announce otherwise before the Steelers' first game on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. If Trubisky struggles during the season, do they throw the keys to the rookie? I think Pickett will start a game this season before Rudolph, should they reach that point. But for now, it's wait and see.
DJ Chark gets injured early
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark got injured very early on during Thursday's game. Chark was rolled up on from behind and was quickly carted off. He was initially listed as questionable before being downgraded to out with a fractured ankle. It appears his season is likely over.
James Robinson puts Jags on the board first
After a heartbreaking injury early in the game, the Jaguars were able to get on the board first. Running back James Robinson made it into the endzone on a six yard run, putting the Jags up, 7-0.
~ Halftime ~
The Jaguars led the Cincinnati Bengals at halftime, 14-0. Jacksonville's two scores came from the Robinson touchdown and a rushing touchdown from Trevor Lawrence. The Bengals were completely held out of the first half.
Burrow tosses TD to open second half
The Bengals didn't do much in the first half, but they entered the second half swinging. CJ Uzomah caught a 22-yard touchdown from Joe Burrow to bring the score to 14-7.
Joe mixon ties the game
Jacksonville was rolling in the first half, but that's not the case in the second. After Burrow's first touchdown, running back Joe Mixon was able to run it in for a one-yard touchdown, making it a tie game at 14-14.
Another one for James Robinson
With his second touchdown of the night, Robinson finds the endzone with a four-yard run, putting the Jaguars back on top 21-14.
Field goal seals the win for cincy
A 35-yard field goal from Evan McPherson sealed the win for the Bengals, 24-21. The Bengals sit atop the AFC North currently at 3-1.
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said all three quarterbacks will have the chance to start Week Four. So, where does that leave them? No final decisions have been made yet, but Andy Dalton and Justin Fields practiced on Wednesday. Nagy is still insisting that Dalton is the starter if he's healthy. I'm waiting on the edge of my seat.
One of the best things about having a rookie quarterback is that you have to, at some point, basically expect some growing pains. That's what happened with New England Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones last Sunday. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels mentioned that it's expected, but it also can't become the norm. "You may have a bad quarter, may have a bad day, you may have a bad week, but it doesn't mean you can let that snowball into a bad season. Just taking as much as you can from each opportunity to learn. The adversities are sometimes our best teachers."
Speaking of rookie QBs, Trevor Lawrence is also dealing with something similar. The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't won a game this season, but Lawrence says he can feel himself growing and learning in his first season in the NFL. "I feel like every week I've gotten better. I definitely feel the progress. I feel like I'm seeing it really well. I feel good about where I am."
While we're talking about teams that haven't been playing well this season, may I present to you the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seems to be one of the more significant problems, showing his age and inability to move around as much as he would probably like. Roethlisberger is (of course) saying that nothing is on any one person or position. "I think there's not this one big glaring thing. It's just a little thing here, a little thing there, which I think is why we can be encouraged as an offense that it's not that far off."
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill might be down two receivers this week, as both Julio Jones and AJ Brown are dealing with injuries. However, Tannehill somehow isn't worried (I am). "Something we believe in this organization is 'next man up' mentality. Not sure who is going to end up trotting out there on Sunday, but I'm confident in whoever it is."
I love a good revenge game. But apparently, Jacoby Brissett doesn't. With Tua Tagovailoa still out due to a rib issue, Brissett will be starting another week for the Miami Dolphins. And he gets to play his old team, the Indianapolis Colts. Brissett spent four seasons with the team. "I'm not in here for like a revenge game or anything like that. I want to go to win."
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