With wide receiver Diontae Johnson on IR, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett is looking more and more to second-year receiver Calvin Austin III in the passing game. Last week against the Las Vegas Raiders, Austin delivered in a big way with a huge 72-yard touchdown to spark all three phases of the team en route to a big road win.
Pickett talked about Austin and gushes about what he brings to the table.
“Yeah, love Cal. He shows up every day and works really hard. He’s so talented. If we can put him in those positions to be successful and get him downfield, he’s going to do that consistently. So, it’s something that we can continue to work on.”
Steelers own the distinction of the longest touchdown of the season. Pickett discussed the importance of that play on the outcome of the game.
“Yeah, it was big. We needed it. They were doing a really good job with doubling George [Pickens] all night, making it really hard to get him touches. So, that leaves other guys singled up and Cal [Calvin Austin III] had press and he took the post and it was really good. We missed that earlier in the season against San Fran. It was good to hit it tonight.”
Austin’s speed is just ridiculous. I know Pickens steals all the highlights because of his acrobatic catches but Austin’s straight-line speed is impossible for opposing defenses to contend with.