Before Jordan Addison transferred to USC, he and Kenny Pickett pulled off some magic.
The wide receiver spent his first two college seasons at the University of Pittsburgh with Pickett at center, and Addison made a name for himself.
In 2021, Addison caught 100 passes, 17 of them touchdowns, for 1,593 yards, and his efforts earned him the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s most outstanding receiver.
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Pickett was the 20th pick in the 2022 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Addison transferred west where he caught 59 passes for 875 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games.
Now, Addison wants to bring the magic back to western Pennsylvania.
«Hey, if we get together, that would be nice,» Addison said, via ESPN. «That would be great. Very easy transition. Come find me.»
«That will help a lot in the transition. Just having your former quarterback. You already have a relationship, number 1, and then that trust factor. So with him, once you’re going your routes, he trusts you. to be in a certain place at the right time».
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The Steelers drafted George Pickens last year to pair him with Pickett, and wide receiver Diontae Johnson’s two-year extension will begin with the 2023 season. The Steelers traded Chase Claypool to the Chicago Bears for the 32nd pick this year, and they already have the 17th pick.
In his rookie season, Pickett played in 13 games and threw for seven touchdowns and nine interceptions. He completed 63% of his passes for 2,404 yards while rushing for 237 more and scoring three times on the ground.
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Addison is expected to be a first-rounder and likely to rank in the top 20.