3 reasons Kenny Pickett can lead Steelers to AFC North title in 2023

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2. George Pickens can help carry this offense to new heights, if he gets the opportunity

There has been a connection between Pickett and George Pickens since the day they became teammates. It was clear that these two were going to share a special relationship going forward, and we have only witnessed the beginning.

The questions surrounding Pickens, coming out of college, have since dwindled and he's been able to handle himself as a pro, for the most part. All he has done since coming to the Steelers is make plays; and not just any type of plays. This guy is a human highlight reel.

But, that also shows Pickens' ability to change the outcome of games. He has the skill set to become as impactful as some of the better receivers in football today if he's given the opportunity. In 2022, Pickens saw a 15.6 percent target share, which was good for no. 58 among qualified receivers. If Pickett targets him more frequently and that number rises to over 20 percent, Pickens will go over 1,000 yards with at least six touchdowns, and he'll do it with ease.

It's not just about the simple numbers, though. Pickens was third in the NFL in average target distance at 15.6 yards. But, he was 48th in overall targets. He is a big play waiting to happen. It's pretty simple. Get Pickens more targets and good things are going to happen. Pickett will see more success. The Steelers will see more success. In turn, that equals more wins and, hopefully, a division title.