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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens runs out of the tunnel before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Acrisure Stadum on Dec. 11, 2022. -- Ed Thomson / Steelers Now
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens runs out of the tunnel before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Acrisure Stadum on Dec. 11, 2022. -- Ed Thomson / Steelers Now

Bill Barnwell of ESPN thinks Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens could be this year’s breakout fantasy football star.

“Nobody had it harder in 2022 than George Pickens. He had the lowest expected catch rate of any receiver in football. … If he has easier throws to catch in 2023 it could unlock a new level from a possible star receiver,” Barnwell wrote.

In his first season, Pickens caught 52 passes for 801 yards and four touchdowns, scoring 32 fantasy points in standard formats.

RELATED: George Pickens Ranked 2nd in NFL in Key Metric

🏈 ESPN NFL Live: Former Steelers cornerback Joe Haden ranked the top five wide receivers that he faced in his career, and his former teammate Antonio Brown came in at No. 1. Before joining the Steelers in 2017, Haden played in Cleveland and was often matched up against Brown from 2010-2016. Calvin Johnson, Odell Beckham Jr., Julio Jones and A.J. Green rounded out Haden’s list.

🏈 Pro Football Talk ranked the Steelers as the ninth-best team in the AFC.

🏈 Steelers Community Relations: On Thursday, the Steelers’ rookies visited the Mel Blount Youth Home to learn about how they teach kids about the importance of teamwork.

🏈 Former Steelers safety Mike Logan paid tribute to his former teammate and friend Clark Haggans, who died at the age of 46 this week.

“Been tryin to find the words to express how I’m feeling upon hearing the passing of my former teammate & friend Clark Haggans,” Logan wrote in a Facebook post. “In the league you’re going to have some teammates that are closer than others, some who hang in cliques, & others who just stay to themselves. Clark Haggans was everyone’s close teammate that turned into a unique friendship. He was truly the “life” of every party. His spirit moved mountains. He would tell you I’m not perfect, but Ima enjoy myself while trying to strive for it. I pray he’s finally resting because he never took a break on or off the field. Missya my friend Muchluv bro.”

Hines Ward also sent his condolences to Clark Haggans’ family. “Prayers go out to the Haggins Family! R.I.P. Clark! Luv u Bro!,” Ward tweeted.

🎥 NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger took a look back at Kenny Pickett’s game-winning touchdown pass to Najee Harris against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17.

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