‘This catch is filthy’: Steeler’s wide receiver George Pickens steals the show with insane one-handed grab to set up Pittsburgh’s first touchdown against the Browns
- Receiver George Pickens hauled in a 36-yard reception with a one-handed catch
- Mitchell Trubisky launched a pass down the right sideline but it looked too far
- However, Pickens leaped into the air and flung out his right arm to clasp the ball
George Pickens stole the show with a one-handed catch to set up the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first touchdown against the Cleveland Browns.
The Steelers eventually lost to the Browns in a 29-17 defeat Thursday but Pickens still managed to make his mark as his grab set up a touchdown to even the score at 7-7.
Pickens, who had just two catches for 26 yards entering Thursday’s game, hauled in the 36-yard reception with a one-handed grab.
Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky launched a deep pass down the right sideline intended for Pickens, but it looked to be a little bit too far.
George Pickens stole the show with a one-handed catch to set up the Steelers’ first touchdown
The wide receiver hauled in the 36-yard reception with a one-handed grab
Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky launched a pass down the right sideline but it looked too far
However, Pickens pulled off an impressive move that was reminiscent of Odell Beckham Jr.
In an almost-acrobatic stunt, he hurled himself into the air, twisting with his back to the ground, and flung out his right arm to clasp the ball before securing it against his body just as he thudded to the ground.
He had been closely guarded by Martin Emerson Jr but it did not face the rookie who fended off the cornerback to make the contested catch.
In an almost-acrobatic stunt, he leaped into the air, twisting with his back to the ground
He flung out his arm to clasp the ball and secured it against his body before hitting the ground
Not only did Pickens wow fans with the stunning catch but he also made the Steelers’ longest pass play this season with the 36-yard completion.
The catch put the Steelers’ offense in position to score on a 5-yard Najee Harris touchdown run a few plays later, tying the game 7-7 and showing the kind of aggression and explosiveness the unit lacked in the first two weeks.
Beckham Jr. himself with Pickens catch as the current free agent wide receiver took to Twitter to react to the grab, posting: ‘THIS CATCH IS FILTHY.’
Odell Beckham Jr. was impressed with the catch as he took to Twitter to praise it
Pickens, a Georgia product, said that he felt he was open ’90 percent of the time’ in the Steelers’ loss to the New England Patriots this past Sunday.
‘I just say that because I’m a big guy that runs in the low 4.4,’ Pickens said via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
‘I always have a step on somebody, and my step is naturally longer than the other person, and I’m actually fast. I’m always [going to] have a step and always feel like 99% of the time I’m open even though the ball gets there in the air and [the defender] gets time to catch back up.’
His bold statement paid off as Trubisky was clearly listening as he found the receiver.