The Pittsburgh Steelers do one thing as well as any team in the NFL, develop wide receivers. Their latest big-time investment in the position, rookie George Pickens, is catching his stride.

Pickens has registered 510 yards on 36 receptions and added two scores. That’s not bad for a first-year receiver through 11 games who isn’t a top target.

In the Steelers’ 24-17 victory over the Colts this past Sunday, Pickens turned heads in the second quarter. With the Steelers up 6-0, Pickett took a shot deep to Pickens, throwing his back shoulder. Pickens not only twisted his body around and extended his arms to make the reception, but he also showed unbelievable awareness by tapping his feet in bounds.

This wasn’t the first time Pickens has dazzled with his flair for making spectacular catches this season. Against the Steelers’ hated rival the Browns in Week 3, Pickens did his best Stretch Armstrong impression and extended for an amazing one-handed reception. In the very next game for the Steelers against the Jets, Pickens contorted his body toward the sidelines and hauled another incredible catch.

Pickens leads all rookie pass catchers with 10 receptions over 20 yards. However, Pickens’ ability to make difficult catches look easy is what’s been the real eye-opener up to this point.

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