CBS Sports believes the Pittsburgh Steelers have a rookie that’s a “must-watch” player during preseason action.
Josh Edwards, an NFL writer for CBS Sports, recently pointed out several must-watch rookies during the preseason and he included Steelers wide receiver George Pickens.
The words “limited athleticism” never graced the pages of a Pickens scouting report. The national champion has a high ceiling and has been flashing that potential early in training camp. Will he be able to bring the consistency necessary to see the field? DK Metcalf is the perfect example of teams overthinking a talent and it feels as though Pickens could soon fall in line with that narrative. Few teams have thrived at picking wide receivers quite like the AFC North franchise.
Dionte Johnson, Chase Claypool and Pickens give Pittsburgh a talented trio at wide receiver. Wide receivers can only do so much, however, and a lot of pressure falls on the quarterbacks to get them the ball.
The Pickens hype train is operating at full steam at the moment.
Pickens, who was drafted by the Steelers in the second round (No. 52 overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft, is having a tremendous training camp so far.
The former Georgia Bulldogs standout has been praised for his hard work, great approach, and obvious talent throughout the first couple of weeks of training camp. He looks like he could be one of the biggest steals of the draft — a first-round talent who fell to the second round because of injury and unfounded discipline concerns.
George Pickens might just be that dude. pic.twitter.com/JhNPnSqoC7— CFBLIVE247 (@CFBLive247_) August 3, 2022
Pickens is already listed as a first-string wide receiver by Pittsburgh. And while Mike Tomlin insists that a depth chart in early August doesn’t mean anything, Pickens’ being listed as a starter is a sign that the Steelers are going to lean on the rookie in 2022.
The positive returns on Pickens this summer are certainly nice for Pittsburgh fans to hear. But can he do it when the lights come on in September? That will be the true test, of course.
Though it definitely feels like Pickens is going quickly prove this season that he’s the real deal.
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