The Pittsburgh Steelers saw their first round pick of this spring’s NFL Draft on the field for the second time in their 24-16 preseason loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. Former Alabama running back Najee Harris saw just two touches in the game as he gets ready for what could be a large workload in his rookie season.
Najee Harris Week 1 stat line
Harris received just two carries on Thursday for 10 yards with a long run of six yards. He also caught one of two targets that went his way for nine yards.
How did Najee Harris perform in Week 1?
It’s difficult to take too much out of an early preseason game especially with just two carries, but it’s good to see Harris out on the field so he can get as many reps as possible. In one of his two rushing attempts, he tried to hurdle a defender for a few extra yards, but Harris was unable to clear him. Mike Tomlin and the coaching staff probably don’t want to see him doing that, especially in the preseason, but he appears hungry for success at the next level. Steelers GM Kevin Colbert would like for Harris to be a three-down back, and he has a great chance to be the top rookie running back in 2021.