4 concerning takeaways from the Steelers disheartening loss vs. Jaguars

Even with the refs against them, this was not a defeat that inspired any sort of confidence in the Steelers.

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3. The Steelers couldn't get George Pickens involved

I don't know why it's such a struggle to get George Pickens more than a high-quality target or two per game. Against the Jaguars, Pickens recorded just one reception. It went for a 22-yard touchdown. Pickens was credited with 5 total targets, but some of these were deemed uncatchable.

Some of this has to fall back on the receiver. We all know that Pickens isn't the savviest route-runner, and he doesn't create the separation of a player like Diontae Johnson. At the same time, it's hard to justify Diontae earning 14 targets while Pickens is essentially ignored in this contest.

We know that Pickens is in a tier of his own when it comes to winning at the catch point and making plays in traffic. Maybe there's a reason this team only had 3 points part of the way through the third quarter.

Pickens scored the only touchdown of the game after splitting the defenders and finishing with a nifty hurdle. He still needs to polish up his game, but good things typically happen when you look his way. With how badly the offense struggled, it's insane that Najee Harris and Connor Heyward earned more catchable targets in the passing game.