George Pickens

George Pickens: I’m Free 99% Of The Time

Rookie Pittsburgh Steelers WR George Pickens hasn’t taken long to start telling his new team what’s what.

Just three weeks into his NFL career, George Pickens has been telling the media that his teammates need to pass to him more.

He is helped by the poor performances of quarterback Mitch Trubisky. The signal caller has even admitted he ought to look for George Pickens more.


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“I can take shots downfield,” said Trubisky. “I think I could look for 14 (Pickens) more often.”

“I just say that because I’m a big guy that runs in the low 4.4s,” Pickens said.

“I always have a step on somebody and my step is naturally longer than the other person, and I’m actually fast. I’m always (going to) have a step and always feel like, 99 percent of the time, I’m open even though the ball gets there in the air and (the defender) gets time to catch back up. … But I’m open as soon as I get off the line.”

“I’d love to get George more involved,” OC Mike Canada said. “Those who have been at practice and at camp know how talented he is.”


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“I’m new, and he’s a new quarterback,” Pickens said. “I just go by my day, run my right route. The good thing about football is you have another play, another drive. I take it one play at a time. If I get the ball, it’s cool. If I don’t, it’s cool because you’re not going to get the ball every time.”

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