After drafting Georgia vast receiver George Pickens within the second spherical of the 2022 NFL draft, few anticipated the Pittsburgh Steelers to take one other vast receiver within the remaining rounds. The Steelers, nevertheless, did simply that by deciding on a speedy vast receiver out of Memphis two picks later in Calvin Austin III. The two rookies enter a aggressive Steelers’ receiving core, the place they’ll must battle for snaps with Chase Claypool, Cody White, Anthony Miller, Steven Sims, Miles Boykin, amongst others.
“To see us both contribute, it is a good thing,” Austin III said in an interview with Mike Prisuta on Steelers Live regarding his and fellow rookie Pickens performance in the two-minute drill in training camp. “We’re never lax or constantly just weighing on ‘oh yeah, we made a play’. It’s always onto the next play, we’re just kind of consistently make plays and be a big part of this offense.”
Unlike Pickens, Austin’s measurable’s should not typical for an NFL receiver. His 5’8”, 161-pound stature, in addition to the depth that the Steelers have on the place, will make for a troublesome battle for Austin to get constant snaps proper out of the chute.
Austin has an identical stature to Cleveland Browns vast receiver Jakeem Grant and Buffalo Bills vast receiver Isaiah McKenzie, each of whom are usually used as gadget gamers with restricted snaps. In order for Austin to develop previous this to a bigger offensive function, he’ll certainly want a stellar camp efficiency with an “onto the next play” mentality.
Early experiences out of coaching camp have been fairly favorable and frequent on the subject of Austin and Pickens, particularly. In his Wednesday post-practice interview, Austin paid tribute to the teaching employees for serving to him and the opposite vast receivers be extra element centered.
“You know, we have great individual coaches for each position,” Austin advised Prisuta. “So, you know, it’s just about taking what they teach us in the class and putting it on the field because anytime that something doesn’t go our way, it’s not because of something that the defense did, it’s usually something that we have to fix, or something that we’ve been coached, and we’re just not detailed enough. So, even coach Frisman [Jackson], he’s just been on us about being detailed because that’s when the offense is flowing and cohesive is when all guys are focused and locked in on their details.”
In drafting two vast receivers with totally different sizes and skillsets this offseason, along with including Miles Boykin, and resigning Anthony Miller, it’s clear that the Steelers weren’t happy with their 2021 depth at that place. Indeed, the Steelers had a tough time changing receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster’s slot function final season, as receiver Ray-Ray McCloud didn’t produce adequately sufficient.
In revamping the place with new skillsets this previous offseason, the Steelers are much less more likely to pay the worth of poor depth within the occasion of an harm or two in 2022. The hope is that Austin’s 4.31-second 40-yard sprint velocity will now present the Steelers with a skillset that they’ve lacked for a number of years: a deep-threat for the protection to respect and explosive playmaking skill.