CLEVELAND — Mitch Trubisky said Tuesday he knew he needed to get rookie wide receiver George Pickens more involved in the Pittsburgh Steelers offense.
He did just that late in the first quarter when he let it shoot to Pickens who shot off the sidelines in front of the Cleveland Browns bench.
Pickens, who had just two catches for 26 yards coming into Thursday’s game, swept in the 36-yard reception with a one-handed grab, then put the ball against his body as he hit the ground. Never mind that he was closely guarded by Martin Emerson Jr., Pickens made the controversial catch anyway. The 36-yard completion was the Steelers’ longest pass play this season.
The catch put the Steelers offense in position to score on a 5-yard Najee Harris touchdown run a few plays later, drawing the game 7-7 and displaying the kind of aggression and explosiveness that the unit saw in the first missed two weeks.