We all know that, despite their 3-2 record, the Pittsburgh Steelers certainly have not had the best start to their 2023 season. While T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith have been at the top of their game prior to the bye week, other prominent Steelers players in the spotlight have underwhelmed.
Two of those players have been Kenny Pickett and Najee Harris. Despite their popularity among the fanbase, the former first-round picks have failed to meet lofty expectations early in their careers. Pickett is currently dead last in the NFL in EPA, per rbsdm.com. Meanwhile, Najee has had a few long runs this year, but hasn't been consistent and he has done very little as a receiver so far.
Recently Bleacher Report put out a hilarious new animated short that trolls some of the more notable quarterbacks and football players in the NFL, and it had me cackling.
B/R set it up as if the players were at an intervention. I especially liked the line, 'Hi, I'm Najee, and I'm an underperforming fantasy player.'
Harris certainly didn't take the brunt of the abuse though, that belonged to Kenny Pickett, who was made fun of for being 'lucky enough to make it out of Pitt.' Bleacher Report also took a subtle jab at his hand size --something that was a big topic of discussion during the 2022 pre-draft process. They gave Pickett freakishly small hands for this animation.
B/R even made Pickett's voiceover take a shot at Matt Canada, saying 'The American way is dead. Instead, it's the Canada way. The Matt Canada way.'
Bleacher Report's social team certainly poked fun at the Steelers in this animated short, but their references feel so relatable to the fanbase, as they said many of the things we more or less have been saying all year.
The good news is that it's the bye week for Pittsburgh, and there's hope that things could turn around. No, the Steelers aren't getting rid of Matt Canada, but they will be getting Diontae Johnson back (and Cameron Heyward shortly after that).
I'm not sure if Kenny Pickett or Najee Harris will find this animated video as funny as many Pittsburgh Steelers fans will, but you have to be able to laugh at yourself every once in a while. If anything, maybe they can use this spoof as fuel following the bye week.