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Steelers Pickett, Pickens Miss NFL All-Rookie Team

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens (14) and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) talk on the field during an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger)

Pittsburgh Steelers rookies Kenny Pickett, George Pickens and company were not among those honored as part of the 2022 NFL All-Rookie Team, as released by the Pro Football Writers of America on Tuesday.

Brock Purdy of the San Francisco 49ers took home the quarterback honors, while Chris Olave of the New Orleans Saints and Garrett Wilson of the New York Jets were the receivers.

Pickett threw for 2,404 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions over his 13 games with the Steelers, while Purdy threw for 1,374 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions nine games with the 49ers. If Purdy had enough passing attempts to qualify, he would have led the NFL with his 107.3 passer rating. Pickett finished 32nd with a 76.7 rating. No other rookie quarterback started more than four games.

Wilson caught 83 passes for 1,103 yards and four touchdowns. Olave had 72 catches for 1,042 yards and four touchdowns. Pickens matched those two with four scores, but fell short in other areas. He caught 52 passes for 801 yards in his rookie season. Atlanta Falcons rookie Drake London also surpassed Pickens in yardage, catching 72 passes for 866 yards and four touchdowns.

The Jets led the way with All-Rookie honors. Cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner was named the Rookie of the Year and the Defensive Rookie of the Year, while Wilson was the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

2022 PFWA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

QB – Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers
RB – Tyler Allgeier, Atlanta Falcons; Kenneth Walker III, Seattle Seahawks
WR – Chris Olave, New Orleans Saints; Garrett Wilson, New York Jets
TE – Chigoziem Okonkwo, Tennessee Titans
C – Tyler Linderbaum, Baltimore Ravens
G – Zion Johnson, Los Angeles Chargers; Dylan Parham, Las Vegas Raiders
T – Braxton Jones, Chicago Bears; Tyler Smith, Dallas Cowboys

DL – Jordan Davis, Philadelphia Eagles; Aidan Hutchinson, Detroit Lions; George Karlaftis, Kansas City Chiefs; Kayvon Thibodeaux, New York Giants
LB – Devin Lloyd, Jacksonville Jaguars; Malcolm Rodriguez, Detroit Lions; Quay Walker, Green Bay Packers
CB – Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Jets, Tariq Woolen, Seattle Seahawks
S – Kyle Hamilton, Baltimore Ravens; Jalen Pitre, Houston Texans

PK – Cameron Dicker, Chargers
P – Ryan Stonehouse, Tennessee Titans
KR – Dallis Flowers, Indianapolis Colts
PR – Marcus Jones, New England Patriots
ST – Brenden Schooler, Patriots

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