George Pickens Has Worrying Explanation for Sideline Outburst in Week 13

Adam Taylor McKillop
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens addressed his sideline outburst in Week 13.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens addressed his sideline outburst in Week 13. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Pittsburgh Steelers notched their second straight win in Week 13, defeating the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 19-16 on the road. That didn't stop the tempers from bubbling in what's been a largely disappointing season for Pittsburgh.

At just 5-7, the Steelers are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. One factor that frustrated Steelers fans was the lack of involvement from rookie wide receiver George Pickens.

He was targeted just two times (his lowest mark since Week 2 of the season) and was caught visibly frustrated on the sidelines during the contest. Pickens finally addressed this sideline outburst on Wednesday.

Pickens wants to move on. He said, "Don't try to make something it's not, cause every player, literally every receiver in the past before.... it's just what you want to make it out to be."

He referred to Terrell Owens as an example, which Steelers fans should be pretty worried about. Was Owens a Hall-of-Fame talent and one of the best wide receivers of his era? Absolutely. Is he a great on-field example to model your game after? Of course. But he wasn't exactly known for being a positive influence off the field, with his attitude getting him into hot water more than once.

The entire Antonio Brown saga with the Steelers is still fresh in fans' minds, and Pickens' on-field play hasn't earned him the kind of leeway that Brown had with the Steelers. Using players like Owens to defend an outburst won't win Pickens any love in Pittsburgh.

Below is a clip of Pickens on the sidelines Sunday.

Head coach Mike Tomlin already addressed the issue, saying that he loves Pickens' desire to help his team out but would like him to find a more "mature way" to express his concerns.

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