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Pickens skips voluntary workout

Discussion in 'Steelers Talk' started by Rollers, Apr 8, 2024.

  1. Rollers

    Rollers Well-Known Member

    Nov 8, 2016
    It's just voluntary stuff but Austin was there and Muth. Probably no big deal
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  2. Brice

    Brice Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2018
    Disappointed that Pickens did not want to work out with Wilson. I posted earlier that Free Agent Chase Claypool is working out with Justin Fileds. :)

    George Pickens Skips Session With New QB - NFL News | Fantasy Football (rotoballer.com)
    According to Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth, he recently got together with new quarterback Russell Wilson in San Diego for throwing drills. Also in attendance were Calvin Austin III and Van Jefferson, who signed with the Steelers a few weeks ago. Interestingly enough, wideout George Pickens reportedly skipped out on participating with the group. Although a reason hasn't been revealed, it's something to monitor ahead of offseason workouts and moving toward training camp. However, with Wilson looking to bounce back from an unproductive year, not having his No. 1 wideout join him for voluntary drills isn't ideal.
  3. steelersrock151

    steelersrock151 Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2011
    Minkah is also working out with Fields.
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  4. Kreighoff

    Kreighoff Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2017
    I think Pickens is on the edge of being great or becoming a problem child. There were a number of very disturbing actions or non actions by him last year.

    He needs to mature a huge amount.
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  5. Robert

    Robert Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2016
    There could be a financial aspect to it as well. Remember Pickens is a new player in the NFL. He doesn't have years of accumulated earnings or any big contracts yet. It very well could be that he's bad with his money and broke. Hanging out in San Diego is not cheap.

    These NFL players do make crazy money even on the low end compared to most Americans. But you also have to remember that they are almost always young and they like to live the high life. I don't know if the NFL does it or not, but they really should force them all into some kind of financial class before they're even allowed to suit up. It seems all too common to read about NFL players that played for years and are now broke, or guys that got pretty decent contracts and have nothing to show for it.

    It does set a bad tone though.
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  6. Thigpen82

    Thigpen82 Bitter optimist

    Oct 17, 2011
    Every year some guy misses voluntary workouts. I seem to recall Troy P never went to them?
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  7. mac daddyo

    mac daddyo Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2011
    every year somebody doesn't go. :cool:
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  8. SteelinOhio


    Oct 16, 2011
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  9. OH Steeler Fan

    OH Steeler Fan Well-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2019
    Voluntary, but every year they criticize someone that doesn't volunteer.
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  10. We need a change

    We need a change Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2017
    He’s probably in the Caribbean with two or three Kim kardasian look-a-likes soaking up sun n surf. He’ll be back in June.
  11. strummerfan

    strummerfan Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2012
    Or it could just be he was working out elsewhere and decided not to attend VOLUNTARY workouts
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  12. Ytownsteeler

    Ytownsteeler Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2015
    Is it a huge deal no. BUT it is Something. He is a crybaby on gameday and has all the makings of the next AB wr diva but with half his talent. Get rid of him next if he continues down this path.
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  13. mikeyg

    mikeyg Well-Known Member

    Dec 23, 2020

    he has indirectly been put on alert, he has 'seen' the memo - right in front of his face.

    we all will see if he is bright enough to 'get it'.
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  14. CanadianSteel

    CanadianSteel Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2011
    There could be many legit reasons why he wasn’t in San Diego. Was he even invited? Who knows…. It was an informal gathering to start building some chemistry with a new QB. Would it have been nice to hear he was there? Sure, but it’s far from the end of the world that he wasn’t…. Allegedly.
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  15. james weyandt

    james weyandt Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2021
    Pickens should have volunteered to get some catches with Wilson. I hope he doesn't turn into a :poopy:--head. And act stupid. Maybe Claypool would work better with Wilson or Fields:confused1::confused1::confused1:
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  16. Formerscribe

    Formerscribe Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2016
    Pickens isn't turning into one. He showed signs of being immature and selfish at Georgia and he has continued to behave that way as a Steeler. As a rookie, he often telegraphed when the play would be away from him with his body language as he approached the line of scrimmage. There were even times he came to the line with his gloves in his hands rather than on them. He did that last season, too, and there were reports of him giving up on plays when things started to break down rather than working to get open for his quarterback. Then there was the ugly video of him jumping out of the way rather than block for Warren near the goal line, which resulted in a big hit on his teammate. He didn't even deny his selfishness. He simply said he wasn't going to put himself at risk of being hurt while blocking for a teammate.
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  17. Brice

    Brice Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2018
    They are talking about out of town voluntary workouts, where a few player get together on their own, NOT OTAs held at the Steelers training facilities. I don't think I remember Ben ever getting together with his WRs until they were at the Steelers training facility.

    And, I am definitely not buying the he can't afford it, but I could easily see him having other plans for working out, or just vacation plans with the family. This might have been a last minute thing if Russell Wilson set it up.

    Anyone know where or with who Pickens trains with in the offseason?
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  18. Steelpens65

    Steelpens65 Well-Known Member

    Nov 28, 2021
    This was his problem in college too
  19. R2sojr

    R2sojr Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    I’m gonna say it and say it with confidence. Pickens will NOT get a 2nd contract with the Steelers. He’s already on thin ice due to his attitude the last 2 seasons. The only reason he wasn’t traded away this season is because at the end of the season he started to mature and produce. As Tomlin says, they will tolerate a lot when the production is there. Is this a big deal, not really but with a new QB, you’d want any work with him that you can get. He has a lot of maturing to do and again don’t think he will be here long term.
  20. zcoop

    zcoop Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    I have no problem with the kid. He's operating within the contractual agreement between him and his team. Nothing here but speculation.
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  21. Bubbahotep

    Bubbahotep Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2022
    From what I am reading the new WR coach won't be tolerating those shenanigans. And with Smith favoring 2 and 3 TEs it would be easy to limit Pickens' targets in this offense. Then he can pout his way all the way off the team, following DJ's path to glory.
  22. JAD

    JAD Well-Known Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    I have talked to a few Georgia fans who watched him close and all said that he was the same his whole time in college. Great player but always did some weird and confusing stuff.
  23. Vox Ferrum

    Vox Ferrum Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2019
    There was a guy on Cowherd yesterday, just retired, long successful career as a CB, was a good interview. One thing he said we in the last couple of years he started investing as he thought about his future after football and was at the point where he and his family had security. Now he is possibly entering broadcasting, a good section on that as well. I have no idea how much he was paid early, or what lifestyle he lead, but he matured and realized this won't be forever and did the smart thing. There are some things the league and union sponsor to help educate these guys (if they care to listen and learn), the end result is still on them though, even if you make 4 years at the minimum, after all taxes and expenses you can have a nice nest egg to get you started in the next chapter of your life.
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  24. Formerscribe

    Formerscribe Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2016
    They need someone to produce at receiver. Right now, they have Pickens and a group of question marks. They need him as a downfield threat, especially with Johnson gone and no proven replacement on the roster.
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  25. CK 13

    CK 13 Well-Known Member

    Nov 5, 2011
    This to me is not a big deal. Yet. Voluntary. We shall see at OTA's.

    What is to me is the lack of blocking for a teammate, giving up on plays, pouting. Yes he is immature and I believe full of himself.

    Reality is he is the only real wide receiver threat. Receiver room is on thin ice. Putting all the eggs in the Pickens basket could spell disaster.
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