For two weeks, the leash on Mitchell Trubisky seemed to be getting shorter and the patience of the Steelers receivers was wearing thin.
At least that's how rookie receiver George Pickens sees it. After playing in the preseason, the first-year passer out of Georgia has caught two passes for 26 yards in his first two NFL games.
He believes it's not a matter of not hitting, but not having a chance to make a change, telling reporters this week that he's open "90 percent of the time" in Pittsburgh's Week 2 loss to New England.
"I say that because I'm a big guy who runs in the low 4.4," Pickens said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
"I always have a step on someone, my step is longer than the other person, and I am faster.
I'm always (will have) a step and I feel like 99% of the time I'm open even if the ball comes in the air and (the defender) has time to catch. ... But I opened as soon as I will go out in order.
Pittsburgh steadfasts of 27 in two games, and tribasky caused two horns that go through. Both are under ten feet. Trubisky's passing line after two weeks is remarkable: 42 for 71 yards, 362, two touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 76.2.
Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield spent Wednesday bemoaning his lack of productivity in a draft that featured Trubisky's. The proof is not good enough for the pudding.