Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver George Pickens made some comments on Wednesday that should frighten the rest of the AFC North.
We knew based on what we saw during the preseason that Pickens was going to be a contributor for the Steelers this season.
Pickens, who fell to the second round due to injury concerns and off-field concerns, has just two receptions for 26 yards through the first two games of the season.
Those obviously aren’t big numbers, but that has a lot to do with Pittsburgh’s play calling and poor offensive line play.
Pickens, however, feels like he’s on the verge of breaking out.
The former Georgia wide receiver was open for much of the game against the New England Patriots this past weekend. The Steelers just couldn’t find a way to get him the ball.
Pickens believes he’s going to continue to get open because he’s a big guy who can get a step on cornerbacks due to his long stride.
George Pickens on being open 90% of time against the Patriots: “I just say that because I’m a big guy that runs in the low 4.4s. I always have a step on somebody and my step is naturally longer than the other person, and I’m actually fast. I’m always [going to] have a step … "— Steelers Depot 7⃣ (@Steelersdepot) September 21, 2022
Defenders might feel like they’re keeping Pickens in check, but they’re not. It’s the Pittsburgh offense that’s keeping Pickens in check.
Once the Steelers figure out the offense — whether that’s turning to Kenny Pickett or making a change at offensive coordinator — Pickens is going to be a dangerous weapon that wreaks havoc in the AFC North.
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