In an unsurprising turn of events, the 2022 Pittsburgh Steelers struggled to put up points on the scoreboard or even move the chains.
But George Pickens showed signs of promise, and his connection with Kenny Pickett was encouraging for the future.
With all the rave reviews about Pickett’s offseason improvements, Pickens entered the year as a clear-cut breakout candidate, and that only became more evident — and necessary — upon Diontae Johnson’s injury.
And while that hasn’t necessarily been the case thus far, Pickens has had some big plays this season, and HC Mike Tomlin believes he’s getting better every single day (Via Blitzburgh).
— Blitzburgh (@Blitz_Burgh) October 18, 2023
When asked about him, Tomlin claimed that it was expected that a former second-round pick would get better after getting one year of exposure to the National Football League, so it had nothing to do with him stepping up to replace Johnson or whatnot.
Tomlin believes Pickens is handling himself like a professional, and as such, there’s no surprise in him being a better player.
Whatever the case, the Georgia product has shown to be one of the most athletic young players in the game, and he hasn’t disappointed when asked to step up and haul in as many targets as he can handle.
Pickett hasn’t been as good as advertised early in the season, but Pickens continues to be his favorite target.
Even so, they can only do so much with their current offensive schemes and OC Matt Canada’s rather predictable play-calling, but that’s an entirely different conversation.