At some point during the 2022 season, Kenny Pickett will be the Steelers’ starting quarterback.

The Steelers haven’t said that. Pickett hasn’t said that. Mike Tomlin indeed hasn’t said that.

But you know who has? History … over and over again.

With the Steelers reporting for training camp today, the race to see who will replace soon-to-be Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger is just getting revved up.

The Steelers used their first-round pick on a quarterback for the first time in nearly 20 years this spring. Pickett just happened to be the only quarterback taken in the first round, marking the first time only one quarterback was drafted in the first round since E.J. Manuel went 16th to the Bills nearly a decade ago.

All indications throughout the spring suggested free-agent quarterback Mitchell Trubisky — the No. 2 pick in 2017 — will be the Week 1 starter in Cincinnati, and those indications have produced mixed emotions around the Steelers’ fan base. If Trubisky didn’t take every single first-team rep over the month of OTAs and minicamp, it was darn close. The same goes with Pickett and third-team reps.

The Steelers have a plan — or at least they have said they do.

“We have been clear that this has been a laid-out plan of how we are going to evolve and who our quarterback is going to be for the 2022 season,” offensive coordinator Matt Canada said at the end of spring practices. “The plan is so clear that right now, we are just getting better and putting in our offense. … We are going to try to evolve and find who does this well, who does that well, who has this intangible thing, who has this tangible thing.”

This so-called plan of evaluating three potential starting quarterbacks through camp and the preseason might be detailed and specific. But if it is, they haven’t detailed the checklist to any of the participants involved.

Tomlin has never encountered a quarterback battle, other than deciding who would start the first four games of 2010 when Roethlisberger was suspended. But since the 2011 collective bargaining agreement — when the rookie wage scale was implemented — teams have overwhelmingly played their first-round quarterback sooner rather than later.