Words of Praise: George Pickens did not hear comments from his teammates. He didn’t hear the compliments. Didn’t pay attention to any of this.
But comments are flying everywhere.
The Steelers selected Pickens in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the 52nd overall pick. The Georgia product finished his college career with 90 receptions for 1,347 yards and 14 touchdowns. Pickens missed playing time in the 2021 season after injuring his knee in the spring, playing in just four games and finishing with five receptions for 107 yards.
But so far in his first NFL training camp, you’d never know he’s coming off an injury.
“You can’t even notice he was hurt last year,” quarterback Mitch Trubisky said. “He’s got so much rebound, change of direction. You go from a college system to an NFL system, but he’s taking it really fast. He’s made plays and turned heads here.”
Pickens smiled and didn’t brag or brag that his quarterback was giving praise in his own way.
“I hadn’t really heard any teammates say anything,” Pickens said. “They keep telling me to do what I’m doing. I feel like my first week has gone well.
“I keep working. That’s what I said at the combine too. I probably say that at every interview. I keep working.”
Fellow receiver Chase Claypool has also seen what Pickens can do up close and personal, and he has high hopes for him in 2022.
“I think he’s going to be the best rookie receiver in the NFL,” Claypool said.
“I just say thank you Chase to him,” Pickens said. “I’m going to keep working. I don’t really look at the accolades. I just let it happen. It’s going to happen naturally.
“My goal in camp is to show that I’m a good road runner. Everyone knows I’m big, fast, a deep ball type. But that’s what I wanted to show.”