Mike Tomlin: George Pickens has talent, we’re developing the skill

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The first couple of weeks of Steelers training camp featured a steady stream of highlights from wide receiver George Pickens and that didn’t change in Wednesday’s practice.

Pickens capped one drill with a long gain on a pass from Mitch Trubisky and a one-handed touchdown catch that he tipped to himself while jumping in the air. Those plays drew a strong reaction from reporters on Twitter and previous ones have been the subject of praise from teammates when they’ve spoken to those same reporters this month.

Head coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged the talent that has been on display after the session before going on to say that the team still has to hone that natural ability for Pickens to thrive at the professional level.

“He’s got talent, but there’s a difference between talent and skill,” Tomlin said, via the team’s website. “And that’s what we’re trying to educate him and others regarding. God gives them the talent; we develop the skill in settings like this relative to the positions that they play.”

The Steelers have been able to develop that skill in a number of second-round picks over the years. Pickens looks like he’ll become the latest member of that group.

4 responses to “Mike Tomlin: George Pickens has talent, we’re developing the skill

  1. The Steelers are really struggling to find players willing to take a spot on their roster. At this rate, they might not be able to field a team. No wonder Steeler fans are so angry and crying all the time.

  2. It’s been awhile since consummate professional WRs Lynn Swann,John Stallworth and Hines Ward have walked thru the door. Maybe George Pickens will eventually fill that mold of professional WR for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  3. “…we develop the skill in settings like this relative to the positions that they play.” — Do you ever notice how Tomlin makes every sentence 7 words longer than it needs to be? For example === “relative to the positions that they play” is completely unnecessary. Just added because he LOVES to hear himself talk.

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