George Pickens

Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver
Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver
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George Pickens News

Closes rookie season well

Pickens recorded three receptions on six targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-14 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Pickens made the most of his six targets, tallying receptions of 31, 24 and 17 yards. He tallied his fourth touchdown of the season on the longest of those gains, and three of those scores came in his last eight games. Pickens closes his rookie campaign with 52 receptions for 801 yards, and he may be in line to take over as Pittsburgh's top pass catcher in 2023.

Jan 8, 2023 4:31 PM EST

Held in check on SNF

Pickens was held to two catches (four targets) for 29 yards in Sunday's 16-13 win over Baltimore.

Analysis: The Steelers continue to commit to a run-heavy gameplan on their recent run of success, resulting in no receiver netting over 36 receiving yards Sunday. Pickens possesses the talent to produce big fantasy totals despite the occasional dud, and he has developed a strong rapport with fellow rookie Kenny Pickett. The young quarterback-receiver duo will look to for improved play in Pittsburgh final attempt to sneak in the playoffs against the Browns on Sunday.

Jan 1, 2023 10:17 PM EST

Scores game-winning touchdown

Pickens recorded five catches on five targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 13-10 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Pickens was only the fourth-most targeted pass catcher in Pittsburgh's offense, but he was impactful with his opportunity. He accounted for the Steelers' longest pass play of the game on a 25-yard catch early in the third quarter, and he also scored the team's only touchdown with only 50 seconds remaining in the game. Despite inconsistent production, Pickens continues to flash the ability to produce big plays. Positively, he's now topped 50 receiving yards in five of his last six games.

Dec 24, 2022 9:19 PM EST

Only two grabs

Pickens caught two of five targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 24-16 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Pickens made another impressive contested catch during the first half, going for 38 yards on what was ultimately Pittsburgh's longest passing play of the game. The rookie only hauled in one other throw his way, but Pickens has still now topped 50 yards in four of his last five games.

Dec 18, 2022 1:30 PM EST

Shows off big-play ability

Pickens recorded three receptions on three targets for 78 yards in Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Pickens was an afterthought in terms of targets, and he's now seen four or fewer looks in four of his last six games. However, he continued to show off his playmaking ability by recording receptions of 42 and 25 yards. While he has only one touchdown in that span, Pickens has five catches of 20 or more yards in his last four contests.

Dec 11, 2022 6:44 PM EST

Limited against Atlanta

Pickens secured one of two targets for two yards during the Steelers' 19-16 win over Atlanta on Sunday.

Analysis: Pickens had racked up at least 50 yards from scrimmage over his three appearances following Pittsburgh's Week 9 bye, but he was held in check during Sunday's narrow win over the Falcons. The rookie second-rounder has been more involved in the Steelers' offense after the team traded Chase Claypool to the Bears, and Pickens will have a chance to bounce back against a favorable Baltimore secondary in Week 14.

Dec 5, 2022 9:21 AM EST

Leading receiver in Week 12 win

Pickens caught three of six targets for 57 yards and also scored a two-point conversion in Monday's 24-17 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Pickens got open in the end zone late in the first half, but rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett overthrew him. The pair linked up for a two-point conversion in the fourth as Pittsburgh pulled ahead 24-17, so Pickens got a chance to celebrate in the end zone after all. Pickens led the team in receiving yards, topping 50 for the fifth time in his last eight games. He'll have a nice opportunity to build on this effort in Week 13 against the vulnerable Atlanta secondary.

Nov 28, 2022 8:41 PM EST

Scores TD prior to Week 11 ejection

Pickens caught four of six targets for 83 yards and a touchdown prior to being ejected in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 37-30 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: After finding the end zone on the ground in Pittsburgh's previous game, Pickens caught his second career receiving touchdown in this one, scoring from 24 yards out in the second quarter. He added a highlight catch along the sideline for a 33-yard gain early in the fourth quarter, but Pickens had a would-be long touchdown go through his hands with the Steelers down by two touchdowns later in the fourth. After Pittsburgh failed to recover an onside kick with 45 seconds left and no timeouts, Pickens made a late hit on Tyler Boyd that led to Pickens' disqualification. The rookie wide receiver is unlikely to face more than a fine as a result of the ejection, so he'll look to extend his touchdown streak on MNF against the Colts in Week 12.

Nov 20, 2022 5:33 PM EST

Reaches end zone against Saints

Pickens secured three of four targets for 32 yards while rushing twice for 23 yards and a touchdown during the Steelers' 20-10 win over New Orleans on Sunday.

Analysis: Pickens was held without any touches during Pittsburgh's Week 8 loss to the Eagles, but he reached the end zone for the second time this season as the Steelers returned from the bye week Sunday. The rookie second-rounder should have more opportunities to contribute down the stretch after Chase Claypool was dealt to the Bears ahead of the trade deadline.

Nov 13, 2022 1:27 PM EST

No receptions against Philadelphia

Pickens failed to secure any of his three targets during the Steelers' 35-13 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.

Analysis: Although Pickens was on the field for 86 percent of Pittsburgh's offensive snaps Sunday, he was held without a reception for the first time in his career. The rookie second-rounder had several productive games over the last few weeks after Kenny Pickett was named the Steelers' starting quarterback, and George Pickens will face a more favorable defense against the Saints on Nov. 13 following Pittsburgh's Week 9 bye.

Oct 31, 2022 8:03 AM EST

Reaches end zone in Miami

Pickens secured all six of his targets for 61 yards and a touchdown during the Steelers' 16-10 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Pickens was held to just 27 receiving yards during last week's win over Tampa Bay while catching passes from Mitch Trubisky for most of the second half, but the rookie receiver was much more productive in Week 7 with Kenny Pickett under center for the entire game. Pickens was responsible for the Steelers' longest play of the game Sunday with a 30-yard reception during the second quarter, and he made an impressive catch for a seven-yard touchdown late in the first half. The 21-year-old has now been targeted at least six times in each of the last five games.

Oct 23, 2022 8:53 PM EST

Limited production in Week 6

Pickens secured three of six targets for 27 yards while rushing once for one yard during the Steelers' 20-18 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Pickens led the Steelers in receiving yards over the last two weeks, but the Buccaneers were more effective at holding him in check during Sunday's narrow victory. Most of the rookie second-rounder's strong performances have come with Kenny Pickett under center, and Pickett exited Sunday's matchup in the third quarter due to a concussion. It's not yet clear whether Pickett will be cleared to return in time for next Sunday's game in Miami, but it's possible that Pickens sees fewer looks if Mitch Trubisky is under center.

Oct 16, 2022 1:57 PM EST

Paces team in receiving yards

Pickens secured six of eight targets for 83 yards during the Steelers' 38-3 loss to the Bills on Sunday.

Analysis: Pickens led Pittsburgh in receiving yards during last week's loss to the Jets, and he replicated the feat in Week 5 with rookie Kenny Pickett starting under center. Pickens has had plenty of deep targets early in his NFL career, and he's been targeted at least seven times in each of the last three games after totaling just five targets over the first two weeks of the season. Across the last two games, the rookie second-rounder has secured 12 of 16 targets for 185 yards.

Oct 9, 2022 1:33 PM EST

Tops 100 yards in loss

Pickens secured six of eight targets for 102 yards during the Steelers' 24-21 loss to the Jets on Sunday.

Analysis: Pickens was held to 31 yards on two receptions in the first half of Sunday's matchup, but he had increased success after Kenny Pickett entered the game to begin the second half. Pickens had the team's longest reception for a third consecutive week and topped 100 yards for the first time in his career. The Steelers haven't yet indicated which quarterback will start next week against the Bills, but it's possible that Pickens remains more involved if Pickett serves as the team's starter under center.

Oct 2, 2022 1:49 PM EST

Targeted seven times in loss

Pickens secured three of seven targets for 39 yards during the Steelers' 29-17 loss to the Browns on Thursday.

Analysis: Pickens totaled just five targets over the first two games of the regular season, but he drew more looks during Thursday's primetime matchup. Two of his receptions were within a few yards of the line of scrimmage, but he made an acrobatic 36-yard catch late in the first quarter that put the Steelers in the red zone. The rookie second-rounder has had the team's longest reception in back-to-back weeks and has played 76 percent of the offensive snaps to begin the season, but his inconsistent target share has limited his fantasy output.

Sep 23, 2022 7:11 AM EST

Held in check once again

Pickens hauled in one of three targets for 23 yards during the Steelers' 17-14 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.

Analysis: Pickens' playing time increased during Sunday's Week 2 matchup, as he played 85 percent of the team's offensive snaps after he was on the field for just 71 percent during last week's regular-season opener. He had the team's longest reception of the game against the Patriots with a 23-yard catch late in the second quarter, but that was the only reception he logged in Week 2. After generating plenty of buzz during the preseason, the rookie second-rounder has been limited to just two catches for 26 yards on six targets over his first two regular-season games in the NFL.

Sep 19, 2022 9:59 AM EST

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