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Steelers fans should prepare for a George Pickens heavy game plan

There are certainties in life. Death, taxes, and, in my opinion, a quarterback force-feeding a disgruntled wide receiver.

I think you know where I’m going with this, and it’s all about how George Pickens got the attention of fans/media for his antics off the field recently. When a quarterback has a talented receiver who isn’t happy, they want to make them happy. How do they do this?

Throw theme the ball.

That’s something which Kenny Pickett knows will be discussed as the Green Bay Packers invade Pittsburgh this Sunday in Week 10.

“Yeah, he’s an unbelievable player.” Pickett said to the media when asked about the frustrated wide receiver. “We got to give him the football. If we leave him in the boundary, it’s a very easy place to get double. So, moving him around, having him do some different things, not being a sitting target where they can count on him being in one place is a start.”

Moving Pickens could be a boost for the entire offense, but is a receiver wanting the ball a problem? Does it equate in the offense becoming even more predictable than it already is? Pickett doesn’t see a player wanting the ball as a negative. Instead, he sees it as a player who wants to compete, and wants to win.

“Everyone’s competitive. It’s what you want. You know, you want guys that want the ball. You want guys that want to win. I don’t want to be out there with guys that aren’t on that same wavelength as me and the rest of the guys out there. So, we’ll continue to work through it, guys will have their good games and sometimes it’ll be one guy, sometimes it’ll be the other and that’s just kind of how it falls. But we got to continue to get our guys the football.”

Frustration is part of the game, and Pickett knows that. He isn’t questioning any frustrations by any player. The key is the team staying together.

“No, you understand, it makes sense. You’re not questioning it. You understand why it’s there. You just want to continue to stay together, that’s the biggest thing.” said Pickett. “As that game went on in the fourth quarter, the fact that we all stayed together and found away to win was a really important factor.”

Recently, former back-up quarterback Charlie Batch was on SNR and he talked about how one of things he often did when backing up Ben Roethlisberger would be to let the quarterback know if a receiver hadn’t gotten the ball yet. Pickett admitted sometimes the game, in terms of who has and hasn’t caught the ball, gets away from the quarterback.

“It is, yeah, it is absolutely. I mean, whenever, if something happens like that where it’s something I haven’t picked up on, because there’s a lot of things going on in the game and I’m just trying to go out there and execute. And yeah, if we get that information and get a guy a touch. Absolutely.”

If you are like me, and read between the lines, you can tell the Steelers offense will want to get Pickens the ball early and often in Week 10. The question is how will they get him the ball?

Go route?

Wide receiver screen?

That will be worth debating, but I’d bet a large sum of money the offense tries to appease the disgruntled receiver as early as possible Sunday to avoid any further issues.

What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Packers.


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