Brooke PryorESPN Staff Writer3 Minute Read
INDIANAPOLIS — Wide receiver Jordan Addison does not have a lot management over his future house, however he helps the concept of teaming with Steelers quarterback and former Pitt teammate Kenny Pickett.
“Hey man, if we reunite, that’d be good,” Addison mentioned on the NFL scouting mix Friday. “That’d be actual cool. Real straightforward transition. Come get me.”
Addison spent two years with Pickett taking part in for the Panthers in 2020 and 2021 earlier than transferring to USC for his ultimate school season. In 2021, Addison had 1,593 receiving yards with 17 touchdowns, whereas Pickett was a Heisman finalist and eventual first-round draft decide.
“That’ll assist the transition so much,” Addison mentioned. “Just having your former quarterback, you already acquired a relationship, No. 1, after which that belief issue. So with him, when you’re working your routes, he is trusting you to be at a sure spot on the proper time.”
Pickett beforehand advocated for bringing Addison on board with the Steelers.
“We talked about taking part in within the NFL collectively whereas we had been at Pitt,” Pickett mentioned in January on the “Not Just Football” podcast hosted by Steelers defensive finish Cam Heyward. “That’s like the faculty teammates’ dream, particularly for a quarterback and receiver, that form of dynamic, particularly given how effectively we performed collectively.”
If the Steelers, who’ve three picks within the first two rounds, nab Addison, they’d proceed the pattern of reuniting quarterbacks with a few of their high school teammates, just like the Cincinnati Bengals pairing LSU gamers Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Burrow and the Philadelphia Eagles bringing collectively former Alabama teammates Jalen Hurts and broad receiver DeVonta Smith.
“It exhibits up within the timing and massive performs when the stress’s on,” Addison mentioned of the connection. “Third down, you actually can see that chemistry present up.”
Steelers normal supervisor Omar Khan, although, downplayed the faculty quarterback/receiver connection.
“I feel you are at all times taking a look at issues like that, however given the offseason that you’ve got and the time guys spend collectively, I feel the transition of latest receivers making an attempt to get acclimated to quarterbacks isn’t a tough course of,” Khan mentioned Tuesday. “… But Jordan Addison, he is a extremely good soccer participant.”