Mike Tomlin Responds to George Pickens' Frustrations With Usage

Isaiah De Los Santos
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has weighed in on WR George Pickens' frustration with his current usage.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has weighed in on WR George Pickens' frustration with his current usage. / (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers used a top pick in the 2022 draft on wide receiver George Pickens due to his knack for making plays. However, Pickens hasn't been afforded as many opportunities as he'd like to do just that, which led to an outburst in Week 13 that was caught by cameras.

Head coach Mike Tomlin has now weighed in on Pickens' reaction.

Tomlin made it clear that he loves Pickens' desire to help his team out. The coach said what they have to work on is helping the rookie find a "mature way" to express his concerns.

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This is an obvious teaching moment for the young playmaker. It'd be a bigger problem if he didn't want to get the ball and play a role in this team winning games. However, he can't become a distraction if the usage isn't to his liking.

it's apparent Pittsburgh believes in Pickens' abilities, considering the team traded Chase Claypool in order to let the second-round pick assume the role as the No. 2 wideout. However, he hasn't taken a major step forward in terms of usage yet, seeing just 18 targets combined in his four games following the Claypool trade.

The Steelers' offensive strategy has been puzzling throughout the year. Good things happen when the ball is in Pickens' hands, so hopefully, Tomlin and company will find ways to maximize his talent down the stretch.


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