Pittsburgh Steelers rookie receiver George Pickens had a message for his QB this week: He’s open and so are others. The Steelers have been slow on offense to start the season. Trubisky hasn’t cracked 200 yards passing in two games, and Pickens, a standout during training camp and the preseason, has two catches for 26 yards on six targets.
That is not going to cut it.
The Georgia product said he was open “90% of the time” against the New England Patriots, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
“I just say that because I’m a big guy that runs in the low 4.4,” Pickens said. “I always have a step on somebody, and my step is naturally longer than the other person, and I’m actually fast. I’m always [going to] have a step and always feel like 99% of the time I’m open even though the ball gets there in the air and [the defender] gets time to catch back up.”
Trubisky is now responding back to the challenge from his rookie receiver.
“I think I could look for 14 more often, (to) George,” Trubisky said. “He’s doing a great job for us, and I’ve just got to get these playmakers the football, whether it’s whatever out there running, I’ve just got to get them the ball. It really comes down to me making better decisions, being aggressive and giving, putting us ourselves in that position.”
Pickett is the new and exciting option, but the head coach is not going to make decisions based on what the fan base wants.
“It is what it is,” Trubisky said about the Pickett chants, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You just block it out and continue to play football.”
Maybe it’s better for Trubisky to play on the road this week. The Steelers travel to face the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
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