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Steelers Daily Links: Pickens Top Deep Threat, Porter Keeps Spotlight on Son



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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens led all NFL wide receivers in one statistical category by a large margin; Joey Porter keeps the spotlight on his son through the draft process.

🏈 Warren Sharp: Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver George Pickens ran the most go routes in 2022, and it was by a large margin. Pickens ran 221 go routes and the closest receiver to him was Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans with 177. According to Sharp, Pickens was targeted on just 13% of these routes, despite delivering the No. 1 success rate in the NFL on go routes out of 30 wide receivers with at least 105 routes run.

🏈 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Ron Cook spoke with former Steelers cornerback and Hall of Famer Mel Blount about his “life’s work” and helping youths reach their goals at the Mel Blount Youth Home in Buffalo Township, Washington County, that he has owned since 1989.

“It’s OK if people remember me for being a ballplayer. But I don’t want that to be my legacy,” Blount said.

🏈 ESPN: Former Steelers outside linebacker Joey Porter Sr. wants his son Joey Porter Jr. to blaze his own path in the NFL. “I don’t (do interviews) because it’s his journey and his time,” Porter Sr. told Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “I don’t ever wanna make the situation about me because it’s not, it’s about him. Sometimes I get to talk to him before (the visit), sometimes I don’t. It’s not really anything I have to prepare him for in that situation, because at this point in time all you have to do is just go in there and be you, be a good person. Let them see that.”

🏈 Jerome Bettis Jr. had an impressive one-hand grab at the Rivals Camp in Atlanta on Sunday. Bettis, of course, is the son of former Steelers running back and Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis. Bettis is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound wide receiver at Woodward Academy in Atlanta and is a part of the 2025 recruiting class. He has several Power 5 offers, including once from his dad’s alma mater Notre Dame.

🏈 Chris Simms of NBC Sports said watching Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter’s game film was like a highlight reel. The pursuit by the 6-foot-3, 300-pound Carter in the clip below displays just how talented of a player he is.

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