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Steelers sign George Pickens to his four-year rookie contract

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On Friday afternoon, the Steelers announced that they have signed wide receiver George Pickens to his four-year rookie contract. Pickens is the first player from the Steelers' 2022 draft class to sign.

In three seasons at Georgia, Pickens finished with 90 receptions for 1,347 yards and 14 touchdowns. In 2021, Pickens was sidelined for most of the year after suffering an ACL injury in spring practice. Pickens played in just four games and finished with five receptions for 107 yards. Pickens' commitment to come back and help Georgia capture a national championship was raved by Mike Tomlin, Kevin Colbert and Matt Canada.

Pickens is known to play with an edge and loves to block. A demeanor that is perfect for AFC North football.

“Just, really, the AFC North, you know?” Pickens said at Friday's rookie minicamp practice via Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You know the type of brand of football they always have, and that’s really how I portray myself.”

Pickens also said that he sees some similarities with Matt Canada's offense and Georgia's.

“It’s kind of like Georgia in some sense,” Pickens said. “We always had a pro-style offense. Big Ben’s not here, so of course a lot of things are going to change from the old Steelers. But I feel like we’re progressing.”

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