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Steelers WR George Pickens frustrated by lack of opportunities: '99 percent of the time, I'm open'

9/22/2022 5:31:30 PM
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Through two weeks, the leash on Mitchell Trubisky appears to be getting shorter, and the patience of Steelers receivers is running thin, Nick Shook of reports.

At least, that's how rookie receiver George Pickens sees it. After starring in the preseason, the first-year pass catcher from Georgia has caught two passes for 26 yards in his first two NFL contests. He believes it's not a matter of failing to execute, but a lack of chances to make a difference, telling reporters this week he was open "90 percent of the time" in Pittsburgh's Week 2 loss to New England.

"I just say that because I'm a big guy that runs in the low 4.4s," Pickens said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "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 percent of the time, I'm open even though the ball gets there in the air and (the defender) gets time to catch back up. ... But I'm open as soon as I get off the line."

Pittsburgh has scored 27 offensive points through two games, and Trubisky has tossed two touchdown passes. Both have come from less than 10 yards out. Trubisky's passing line after two weeks is far from remarkable: 42-of-71, 362 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and a 76.2 passer rating.

Pickens appears to be growing tired of a lack of opportunities presented by Trubisky's decisions and offensive coordinator Matt Canada's play-calling. The Steelers have heard him loud and clear, with Trubisky admitting "I can take shots downfield" earlier, adding "I think I could look for 14 (Pickens) more often."

Canada echoed Trubisky's desire to go to Pickens more than the Steelers have through two weeks.

"I'd love to get George more involved," Canada said. "Those who have been at practice and at camp know how talented he is."

Pickens hopes this is the week that starts it all for him and Trubisky.

"I'm new, and he's a new quarterback," Pickens said. "I just go by my day, run my right route. The good thing about football is you have another play, another drive. I take it one play at a time. If I get the ball, it's cool. If I don't, it's cool because you're not going to get the ball every time."

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