The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t fared well offensively this season, but there have been a few bright spots thus far.
Without a doubt, the development of wide receiver George Pickens has to be at the top of that list, not that it was much of a surprise.
Pickens has logged back-to-back 100-yard games, and he’s established himself as quarterback Kenny Pickett’s undisputed favorite target dating back to last season.
Moreover, he’s embraced that WR1 role with Diontae Johnson having to miss tim and seems ready to make an impact for a very long time on this team.
With that in mind, Steve Palazzolo of PFF raved about how Pickens has been able to pick up yards after the catch, even in non-favorable situations, such as catching a jump ball or whatnot.
— PFF NFL Podcast (@PFFNFLPod) October 26, 2023
Pickens is a physical force and a fast guy, and he’s been quite hard to tackle and take down on the open field.
Even in a stagnant and predictable offense like Matt Canada’s, he’s been able to show his explosiveness and big-play ability more often than not.
Granted that the Steelers need to do a better job of putting him in a position to succeed, which obviously includes establishing the run as well, but he’s done a great job of turning short gains into big plays.
His next chance to top the 100-yard mark will come this Sunday in a tough game vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars.
And while that defense is no joke, and he’ll definitely be a point of emphasis, we like his chances of keeping that streak going.