PITTSBURGH — When it comes to second year wide receivers, few are going to get as much hype as Steelers WR George Pickens to this point. There is a lot of reasons why that is, including the highlight-reel, insane catches that Pickens put out on tape throughout his rookie season.
Pickens had an impressive 2022 season, but he is setting the goalposts higher heading into his sophomore campaign. After feeling like he was ‘snubbed’ from the Pro Bowl during his rookie season and the Steelers failing to make the playoffs, Pickens is trying to set himself up for a ‘two bowls’ season. Those two bowls would be the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl, which are both set as high goals for Pickens.
“Year two goals are Pro Bowl, and I feel like last year I feel like I got snubbed, because there wasn’t a lot of guys in there at the Pro Bowl that excited me,” Pickens said. “Then, [I want to go to] the Super Bowl. The two bowls. A lot of RAC, run after catch. Two bowls for sure.”
Like Diontae Johnson, Pickens hopes to rack up for 1000 yards for the season. George Pickens saw his rookie potential and thinks there is a lot more to unlock there than just what he did in 2022. So, aside from the ‘two bowls’ analogy, Pickens is laying down the foundation in his game to take the next leap.
“I went to work this offseason on the little things in my routes,” Pickens said. “You know, I want to get over 1000 yards this year. I want to be an even better target for Kenny. I feel like it’s time to step that next step. That’s it.”
So, Pickens is set to be one of the key players for the Steelers both at OTAs and heading into the season. He has a new, veteran mentor, too, in Allen Robinson II. The Steelers hope those things take root with Pickens and he makes the jump to elite receiver in 2023.