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Was it Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver george pickens or odell beckham jr who made that crazy one handed grab?
In Thursday night’s game between the Steelers and Cleveland Brownsquarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw a deep pass down the right sideline intended for Pickens, but it looked too far.
That was until Pickens extended his right arm and did his best Beckham impression, grabbing the ball and holding it to his body after a hard hit to the ground.
A 36-yard reception set up a Steelers touchdown that was capped by a rush by Naji Harris into the end zone. Rookie running back Jaylen Warren also made some nice runs to get Pittsburgh into the red zone.
Beckham’s catch was probably more impressive when put side by side – given that he had Dallas Cowboys the cornerback was pouncing on him, which interfered with the pass. It also went for a touchdown.
But it was Beckham’s rookie year on prime-time Sunday Night Football. Pickens makes his own statement on national television.
The current free agent wide receiver took to Twitter to react to Pickens’ capture and was impressed.
He also made a few announcements before the game this week. Pickens, a Georgia State product, said he felt open “90 percent of the time” during the Steelers’ loss to the New England Patriots last Sunday.
“I’m just saying that because I’m a big guy running a low 4.4,” Pickens said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review . “I’m always stepping on somebody, and my stride is naturally longer than the other person’s, and I’m actually fast. I always am [going to] have a step and always feel like 99% of the time I’m open even when the ball is in the air and [the defender] getting time to catch up.”
Pickens had just two catches for 22 yards early in this game as the Steelers try to find their rhythm in the passing game with Trubisky’s new quarterback replacing the retired Ben Roethlisberger.