Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver George Pickens has received plenty of love this preseason.
And for good reason. Pickens, a second-round pick by the Steelers, is looking like one of the biggest steals in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The former Georgia Bulldogs standout wowed folks this summer with some impressive catches and his strong work ethic.
While the catches and routes have been impressive, there’s one part of Pickens’ game that isn’t receiving nearly enough attention.
Pickens’ ability to block and be physical on the perimeter is what’s going to take him to the next level in the NFL.
This ferocious shove at the line of scrimmage received some attention in the Steelers’ preseason opener. But this is far from the best thing that Pickens did against the Seattle Seahawks.
George Pickens is a menace 💀 pic.twitter.com/j36Cfhzch6— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) August 14, 2022
I love the physicality, but that shove doesn’t really help the team that much.
A block from Pickens during a run by Anthony McFarland that allowed the play to pick up an extra 14 yards, however, showed us that the second-round pick could end up becoming one of the best wide receivers in the NFL.
This block by George Pickens netted an extra 14 yards on Anthony McFarland's run. From the 28 to the 42. Explosive runs often created by downfield blocking of WRs. Didn't see this kind of stuff last year. #Steelers pic.twitter.com/bEtOdvfd06— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) August 15, 2022
That kind of stuff tends to go unnoticed. Great blocks don’t generally a lot of national attention. The blocking, however, is what’s going to allow Pickens to stay on the field in all situations. And that’s why he’s on the fast track to stardom.
Pittsburgh fans should be thrilled with the addition of Pickens. The Steelers might have their own version of Ja’Marr Chase.
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