Steelers Highlights: Kenny Pickett connects with George Pickens for a 33-yard TD against the Buccaneers

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It was all Steelers in Tampa Friday night as the Pittsburgh Steelers took it to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an impressive 27-17 victory. The Steeler's offense had multiple big plays that should give fans plenty of optimism going forward. The play that started it all came from two second-year stars on a highlight reel pass and catch to get the Steelers on the board first.

Pittsburgh's offense came out looking incredibly polished in the passing game. Quarterback Kenny Pickett was nearly perfect, completing six of his seven passes on his lone drive of the night. His one incompletion came from a throw-away to avoid a sack after a whiffed block from starting Right Tackle Chukwuma Okorafor.

The Pickett-to-Pickens connection wasted zero time establishing itself Friday night after the two connected on a thrilling 33-yard touchdown play in the first quarter. After an impressive nine plays to set up the score, Kenny Pickett fired a pass through a tight window into the hands of George Pickens on a slant. The talented young receiver then showed off his elite vision and agility, making multiple defenders miss as he cruised into the endzone.

This play will hopefully serve as a look at what's to come for this Steelers offense. Last season the Pittsburgh Steelers were mediocre at best in getting their talented playmakers into the open field. Friday night's performance seemed to remedy those concerns a bit as plays like this seemed to make it into the game plan much more frequently.

With the speed and dynamic playstyles of guys like Johnson, Pickens, and Austin, it is imperative to this team's future success that they are put into positions to succeed and show off their strengths.

Week 1 of the preseason was just a small sample size, so fans and media will need to see much more of this type of play from the Steelers before they can feel comfortable in believing that Matt Canada has made reasonable changes to an offense that needs an infusion of splash plays.

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