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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett at Latrobe Memorial Stadium, Aug. 4, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that George Pickens’ development is night and day from last year.

“He is the best athlete that I’ve ever played with, and now that his route tree’s coming along, you’re seeing him catch different routes out there. I think it’s night and day from last year with how much he can do now,” Pickett said. “They’re moving him around, and he’s a really, really smart player. He’s doing route conversions that he wasn’t seeing last year. He started to see it during the end of last year. So, he’s a quick learner and it’s awesome to see and have him as a teammate.”

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🏈 Former Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams revealed his favorite Tomlinism.

“My favorite Tomlinism is ‘I rather say whoa than sic em.’ I was always a whoa guy,” Williams tweeted.

🏈 Jordan Schultz of The Score believes that the quarterback-wide receiver duo of Kenny Pickett and George Pickens will break out in 2023.

“Pittsburgh told me this week, they said there’s no way that Kenny Pickett’s going to fail. Football matters too much to Kenny Pickett to fail. … I think George Pickens this year is a top-5 wide receiver,” Schultz said on FS1’s Speak.

🏈 The Cincinnati Bengals locked up linebacker Logan Wilson, singing him to a four-year, $37.25 million contact extension.

📅 On this date in Steelers history, quarterback Terry Bradshaw (1989), cornerback Mel Blount (1989) and quarterback Bobby Layne (1967) were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

🎂 Happy 95th birthday to former Steelers guard Dick Tomlinson, born on Aug. 5, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois.

Tomlinson moved from Chicago to Dodge City, Kansas and from there matriculated to the University of Kansas, where he was part of a Big 6 championship team in 1947 that played in the Orange Bowl against Georgia Tech.

The Steelers’ 21st-round pick in the 1950 NFL Draft, Tomlinson started all 12 games as a rookie and was again a starter in 1951. In 1952, Joe Bach replaced John Michelosen as Steelers head coach and even though Tomlinson entered the preseason as a returning starter, he was released on Sept. 25.

🎥 Steel City Star posted a clip of the Steelers’ 1984, 37-27, opening day loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Three Rivers Stadium. Wide receivers Louis Lipps and John Stallworth both had career highs, Lipps posted six receptions for 183 yards (30.5 average) and two touchdowns, while John Stallworth recorded eight receptions for 167 yards (20.8 average) and one touchdown. Interestingly, it was Lipps’ first career game. The Steelers’ offense put up over 400 yards in the passing game, which was the first in the Chuck Noll era and just the second such game in Steelers history (26 years earlier was last time, Bobby Layne ‘58). Linebacker Jack Lambert also suffered a career-ending toe injury in the game.

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