Pittsburgh Steelers come back, Najee Harris broke franchise rushing and receiving records for rookies last season. Harris has played the vast majority of offensive snaps and one of the missions in Latrobe, Pa. during training camp this offseason is for the organization to establish a clear number two to help take the pressure off Harris. The sophomore running back, when the season opens in Cincinnati in just over a month, needs to have a viable threat to replace him when he steps off the field.
According to reports, Jaylen Warren claims his claim to be that running back and Harris might be one of his biggest fans.
“Did you all interview him?” Harris asked. “I’m glad you interviewed him, you all should interview him, get his brains out a bit.”
Harris and Warren had very different paths to the NFL. the old Alabama Crimson Tide The star played for the national championships in college and was a first-round pick by the Steelers in 2021. Warren started his college career at Utah State, but transferred to Utah State. Oklahoma for his senior season.
In his first season as a starter, he rushed for over 1,200 yards in 13 games and 11 touchdowns. His performance helped the program secure a narrow victory in the party bowl versus our Lady. Despite his contributions, Warren was not drafted and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The 5’8″ Warren has been physically impressive since the Steelers put on the pads at Saint Vincent College. It has been reported by many, including SteelerNation own, spencer schultzthat he defeated Robert Spillane in the legendary backs vs backers drill, which is a Steelers training camp staple in which head coach mike tomlin referred to as “university representatives”. The rookie tailback seems to have improved every day during full-contact work. His time with Harris in the movie theater may explain why the newcomer has thrived.
“There are a lot of things you can fix in the movie theater. Just watch other teams, see what other guys are doing,” Harris commented on his interactions with Warren. “I tried to tell him, that’s part of the things you have to look for so you can play faster.”
The rookie running back had earlier told those on hand that “the first thing” he learned from Harris was the amount of film study he put into coaching the Steelers. It was something he wanted to emulate. The desire to improve is something coaches and team leaders have noticed in the entire generation of offensive rookies who make an almost daily impact in training camp.
The attacking newcomers had plenty of additional opportunities to show off their skills in the second week of training camp. Attention to detail and a willingness to do the little things are often the product of a team leader like Harris leading by example.
Warren, who despite his build, is known as a physical, between running back tackles. He doesn’t have elite speed, but he plays fast and is rarely caught from behind. One of his biggest weaknesses before the NFL Draft was his perceived pass protection. Based on his performances in camp so far, he has worked hard to correct the possible flaw in his game. His desire for competition and contact impresses the technical staff, onlookers and his teammates.
Recap of the Steelers’ big winners and losers from training camp 2022 so far
A smaller version of Harris’ punishment could be a huge boon to a team returning to its roots as a running-focused offense. That won’t allow defenses to get back on a scat when Harris gets a break, and it should discourage them from blitzing if he proves that training camp’s performance is indicative of his game day play. Warren as an undrafted free agent has turned heads on the field and if he’s adopted Harris as a mentor in the movie theater, the sky’s the limit.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday August 20 and some of the questions about the attack will be answered. Harris is unlikely to play against the Seahawks due to his current injury status and it will be interesting to see how the running back rotation is set for this game. Warren is expected to get a long glimpse of the star during the game, while spinning with the starters Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland.
Watch Harris’ full clip on his thoughts on Warren here:
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