Diontae Johnson: George Pickens is a freak, defenses can’t cover everyone

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Steelers rookie wide receiver George Pickens has generated a lot of buzz in his first months as an NFL player and it doesn’t show any sign of slowing down with the regular season drawing closer by the day.

Pickens’ fellow wideout Diontae Johnson added his voice to those singing Pickens’ praises on Monday. Johnson called Pickens “a freak” who is getting better every day that he takes the field.

Johnson sees that development being a major problem for defenses who will have to wrangle with Johnson, Pickens and Chase Claypool come the regular season.

“It’s going to be a big plus,” Johnson said, via Noah Strackbein of SI.com. “They’re not going to be able to cover everyone, they can’t double everyone. There’s always going to be a one-on-one matchup, it’s up to the defense who they’re going to cover.”

The Steelers haven’t announced their starting quarterback for Week 1, but any choice is going to have a lot to work with in the receiving corps.

25 responses to “Diontae Johnson: George Pickens is a freak, defenses can’t cover everyone

  1. If the QB has the time in the pocket this could be an interesting team. Go Steelers.

  2. He selflessly played his role in a ground attack offense at Georgia, but this was an elite recruit coming out of high school. Might end up having a Julio Jones type career where the college offense didn’t showcase his upper tier skills.

  3. It’s my year
    All the stars are aligned
    I’m 57
    Heinz 57 sauce
    Pittsburgh wins the super bowl this year

  4. Do defenses need to double every steeler wr? Claypool will be too busy celebrating and Johnson will be dropping.
    Third place in the North this year.

  5. Just once Id like to hear a teammate say:

    “Hes a guy in the league. Hes an average NFL player.”

    Every one isnt a star

  6. Bills, Chiefs, Broncos, Bengals, Ravens, Chargers

    Yeah…The Pittsburgh WRs are what has the AFC shaking in their boots.

  7. They have the 2nd best receiving corp in the division and it’s a very distant 2nd. Pickens may end up being a stud, but Claypool is a waste of talent and Johnson has only shown glimpses without consistency. It’s a good corp, but let’s not pretend like they’re top 10, bc they’re not close to that. It’s probably top half though.

  8. As a Packer fan, I’m envious. I was truly hoping Green Bay would grab him, but you don’t often get the guy you want in the draft. My recollection is his behavior and attitude was the rap on him. But then again, wasn’t that the rap on Randy Moss? If you can play, you can play. Oh well, I have my fingers crossed that Romeo Doubs is for real and Christian Watson still has opportunities in front of him.

  9. The big question surrounding George Pickens,… can he control his emotions. He’s done some psychotic things on the field. Fights, stupid personal fouls. The kinds of actions that drive NFL Head Coaches crazy.

  10. touchback6 says:
    August 16, 2022 at 9:41 am
    lol @ Pittsburgh

    ———-a laugh coming from a pats fan who’s number 1 receiver would be 4 on most teams. Lol

  11. He was very good at Georgia but a bit of a knucklehead. Hopefully he grows out of it.

  12. minime says:
    August 16, 2022 at 10:01 am
    No QB.
    They actually have 3 and they only need one to start.
    And as people here have pointed out before, teams are still in pre-season and still training.
    So I’m waiting to watch a couple of their regular season games before commenting.

  13. madcapdawgfan says:
    August 16, 2022 at 2:33 pm
    It’s easy to see why Steeler fans are so angry and crying all the time. Lol
    You’re a Browns fan and your quarterback is Deshaun Watson.

  14. Mike Tomlin is the most underrated coach in the league- and I’m not a Steelers fan. The dude has never had a losing season. Any subjective look at how he leads these men shows that he is very impressive. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he continues the streak despite having no sure thing at QB.

  15. Vasteelerfan says:
    August 16, 2022 at 2:23 pm
    From what I saw he is no NKeal Harry…..lol@the Pats.


    Ok….now that’s hitting below the belt

  16. webster8723 says:
    August 16, 2022 at 11:16 am
    You’re only as good as your QB. And remind me, who is the starting QB again?…
    I disagree with you. The Ravens won the 2000 Super bowl against the NYG 34-7 and Trent Dilfer was their starting QB.
    And I can assure you no one’s ever confused Dilfer with Tom Brady, Manning or Rodgers. And there have been others besides T. Dilfer.
    The Ravens D was so good that they could win with an average QB.

  17. Every once in awhile I think that the crowning of Hall of Fame talent before rookies have even played a meaningful snap in the NFL will wane. But here we are again.

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