It has now no longer been a season for rookie quarterback exploits withinside the NFL. The quarterbacks typically have been afterthoughts on this year`s NFL draft, and now no longer a unmarried one started this season as a starter.

Even so, rookie quarterbacks may be in consciousness on Sunday in Week 5. Kenny Pickett makes his first NFL begin for the Pittsburgh Steelers in an

early-afternoon sport at Buffalo. And Bailey Zappe should make his first begin whilst the New England Patriots host the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m.

Eastern time in Foxborough, Mass., with typical starter Mac Jones indexed as dubious due to his excessive ankle sprain.

Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin formally named Pickett the starter Tuesday, days after going to Pickett in prefer of suffering starter Mitchell Trubisky at halftime of a

24-20 loss at domestic to the New York Jets. The flow changed into inevitable. The Steelers made Pickett,

a University of Pittsburgh product, the simplest quarterback selected withinside the first spherical of the draft in April.

But the transfer got here earlier than Tomlin might have preferred, with the Steelers sputtering alongside at 1-three withinside the

first season after Ben Roethlisberger`s retirement.

Tomlin by no means has had a dropping season in a head education tenure with the Steelers that started in 2007.