The Pittsburgh Steelers have a special talent in George Pickens, and they continue to mishandle his usage.
However, the second-year pro has done a lot of talking about his lack of involvement, and it kind of feels entitled at this point.
Recently, Pickens complained about not being able to produce if asked to run short three-yard or five-yard routes (via Blitzburgh on Twitter).
George Pickens to the media on the short routes that he's been running: “I don't know. You guys be at practice, right? I would just say I hope to see things like that. When it’s routes like that, I mean, I can't really produce that way, running 5-yard routes, 3-yard routes.”…
— Blitzburgh (@Blitz_Burgh) December 14, 2023
While that’s not ideal, and he would be better suited for a different type of usage, that also speaks volumes about his motivation to be “the man” and not help the team win football games.
All wide receivers can actually produce on short routes.
It helps get first downs, it takes the pressure off the quarterback, and it helps the offense get into a rhythm, which is something the team has struggled with throughout the course of the entire season.
Pickens is a talented player, but he hasn’t accomplished anything in the league yet.
He can be an All-Pro kind of receiver, but he needs to put in the hard work, put his head down, and do whatever is asked of him.
He hasn’t earned the right to call out the coaching staff and his teammates, and his tantrums and antics on the field and social media have only added fuel to the fire in an already complicated situation.
The coaches need to hold him accountable and ground him a little, getting him to put the team first and foremost.
And while hopefully the coaching staff will finally give him proper usage, he just needs to get over himself.