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Pittsburgh Steelers WR George Pickens at the team's first minicamp session on June 12, 2024. - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

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🏈 The Pittsburgh Steelers had just a 12% rate of incompletions due to a receiver error in 2023, which was the lowest in the league, according to Warren Sharp of Sharp Football.

🏈 Former Steelers cornerback and Hall of Famer Mel Blount spoke with the rookies at the 2024 Mel Blount Youth Leadership Initiative rookie camp.

🏈 Pro Football Network tabbed George Pickens as the most underappreciated player on the Steelers.

“Despite playing with multiple QBs, Pickens still surpassed 1,000 yards for Pittsburgh in 2023. That production also came amid an offensive coordinator change. More astonishing is that his average yards per catch skyrocketed to 18.1 in ’23,” Lorenzo Reyna of PFN wrote.

🏈 Pro Football Focus ranked the Steelers defensive line unit as the eighth-best in the NFL.

“T.J. Watt is one of the most consistent playmakers in the league when it comes to pass-rushers, and he’s not a one-man-band on this defensive line. Alex Highsmith on the other side has developed into an outstanding player in his own right, earning a 90.3 PFF grade last season with 69 quarterback pressures,” Sam Monson of PFF wrote.

“Cameron Heyward has been outstanding for so long, but last season was the first sign that perhaps age is catching up with him. If he bounces back, the Steelers will be even better than this ranking.”

🏈 Alex Nicholson did a colored pencil drawing of Steelers legend Franco Harris.

🏈 This could be a breakout year for George Pickens.

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