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Steelers Daily Links: Riddick on Pickett, More Red-Zone Throws?



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Warren Sharp of Sharp Football thinks the Pittsburgh Steelers will throw the ball a lot more in the red zone this year, which is why he thinks George Pickens’ touchdowns will increase. According to Sharp, the Steelers ranked 25th in the league last year in pass rate (38%) inside the 15.

In 2021 with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, the Steelers ranked No. 1 in pass rate inside the 15 (64%). Pickett was 18 of 46 (39%) in red zone completion percentage in 2022 (dead last). In addition, the Steelers had just seven touchdowns of 10+ yards in 2022 (dead last).

🏈 ESPN analyst Louis Riddick thinks Kenny Pickett will silence his naysayers this year.

“Kenny’s going to shut a lot of people up this year who said, ‘he’s just a good college quarterback who wears two gloves and can’t push the ball down the field’ and all that BS,” Riddick said at the Pitt kickoff luncheon

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🏈 Ben Fennell of NFL on CBS posted a clip of Keeanu Benton’s dominating performance on Friday night against the Atlanta Falcons. The second-round pick out of Wisconsin continues to be impressive.

🏈 NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger broke down Steelers left guard Isaac Seumalo’s performance on Friday night, which featured some crushing run blocks.

“(Isaac Seumalo) has been everything the Steelers thought he would when they signed him as a FA. Gotta move big bodies if you wanna gain real estate,” Baldinger tweeted.

🏈 Pro Football Hall of Fame: Friday marked the 35th anniversary of the passing of Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. Rooney was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964.

🎂 Happy Birthday to former Steelers safety and Hall of Famer Donnie Shell, born on August 26, 1952 in Whitmire, South Carolina. Shell was a five-time Pro Bowler between 1978 and 1982, a four-time All-Pro selection, and was the Steelers team MVP in 1980. He played in 201 games for the Steelers and recorded 51 interceptions (third in franchise history). Even though he went undrafted out of South Carolina State, Shell was a part of the legendary 1974 Steelers rookie class that featured five future Hall of Famers (Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth, Mike Webster and Shell). Shell was a part of all four of the Steelers’ Super Bowl winning teams in the 1970s. On January 15, 2020, Shell was announced as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Centennial Class of 2020. He was inducted by former Steelers teammate and close friend Tony Dungy.

🎥 Warren Sharp posted a clip of every single one of Kenny Pickett’s preseason pass attempts. Pickett completed 13 of 15 passes for 199 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 158.3 perfect passer rating in three preseason games.

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