Sizing up Najee, QBs and special teams

Summer nuggets as the countdown to Latrobe continues …. BIG IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: Running back Najee Harris became something of a springtime sensation based on how much bigger he appeared to be in the eyes of some of the media attending OTAs and Mandatory Veteran Minicamp.
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Robinson using Najee for guidance on 'Bama-to-NFL transition

For four years at Alabama, Brian Robinson Jr. had to wait his turn. The top-100 recruit arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2017 and was immediately buried on the depth chart behind future NFL starters Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs. Once those two backs turned pro, Robinson spent the next two seasons splitting carries but still had to wait behind another future first-round pick in Najee Harris.

UPDATED Najee cleared to play Sunday

When Najee Harris hurt his elbow early on in Baltimore there was obvious concern. Even after he returned in the fourth quarter and was instrumental in the Steelers’ come-from-behind overtime victory, there was still plenty of concern.


The Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster and Najee Harris will both return from injuries and play in tonight’s playoff game in Kansas City. Smith-Schuster has been out since October 10th with a shoulder injury. Harris injured his right elbow last week against Baltimore. The Steelers yesterday restored Smith-Schuster to the...

Tomlin on Green, Watt, Najee, Cam, ties

Q. Last Monday night against the Browns, Najee Harris had his most productive game rushing of the season. What was at the heart of that individual productivity?. A. You know, as an individual, I just thought he was highly competitive. He took it personal. He wanted to deliver victory. I sensed that in him. All week he and I were having conversations about measuring himself against his peers and some of the best running backs in the world are in the AFC North, and so he doesn't have to look around when he's looking for his place in this game. That running back on the other sideline last Monday night was Nick Chubb, or when you play the Cincinnati Bengals that running back on the other side is Joe Mixon. Those guys are as good as anybody in football. It's important how he performs when he's in those environments if he wants to measure himself against the very best, and I think those conversations and with that mind-set, he took it personally and he gave a great performance from a collective standpoint. I think (the Browns) had a strong desire to kind of minimize Ben in the passing game. There were in a bunch of two-high-safeties. There was a lot of emotion associated with Monday night, you know, Ben being recognized and in the way that he was being recognized, and I think it affected them a little bit in terms of how they played defense, at least schematically. We saw more two-high-safety structures than we anticipated, and that really allowed us to run the ball and for that pile to fall in the right direction.

Ravens are talking about T.J., Ben, Najee

It's one of the NFL most heated rivalries, and on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium the Steelers-Ravens rivalry will have a lot on the line. Both teams need a win, and a little bit of help along the way, to earn a postseason spot. The Steelers defeated the Ravens, 20-19,...

3Rivers’ Takeaways: Watt, Najee, and grabbing onto the energy

Christina Rivers (3Rivers_Writer on Twitter) offers her Pittsburgh Steelers post-game takeaways, both positive and negative, as Steel City Underground extends its coverage of the Steelers’ on-field performances throughout the 2021-22 NFL regular season. The Pittsburgh Steelers looked like a different team on the turf at Heinz Field during Monday...

Chiefs are talking about Ben, T.J., Najee and more

The Steelers have a tough challenge on their hands this Sunday when they take on the AFC leading Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, one of the NFL's loudest venues. While the Steelers know it's a challenge, the same thought process is in Kansas City where Coach Andy Reid knows what the black and gold can bring.

Cam Heyward Gives Najee ‘The Grinch’ Harris A Christmas Tree

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Did Steelers rookie running back Najee Harris’s heart grow three sizes this Christmas season?. That’s yet to be determined, but Harris told reporters after practice on Friday of an act of kindness from one of his veteran teammates, Cam Heyward. “They call me the...

Titans are talking about T.J., Ben and Najee

The Steelers take on the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at Heinz Field in a game that is huge for the Steelers as they head down the final stretch of the season. It's also a big game for the Titans who are in first place in the AFC South. For Titans...

Chargers are talking about Najee, QBs and more

It will be back to primetime football for the Steelers on Sunday night when they take on the Los Angeles Chargers, a 5-4 team, at SOFI Stadium. For the Chargers' defense, this week has been about preparing for two different quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph. Roethlisberger is still on the Reserve/COVID-19 List, but the Chargers know they have to be prepared for both.

Bettis tells Fan, Najee can be much better than him

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – It not often you hear a Hall of Famer say a player that plays his position can be a better than him. Jerome Bettis said the numbers may not show it, but he believes, with some help, Najee Harris will have a superior career. “I...

Broncos are talking about Ben, Najee, and more

The Steelers take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Heinz Field, with the black and gold looking to get back on track in a key AFC matchup. "Pittsburgh is always going to play with a sense of urgency," said Broncos Coach Vic Fangio. "That's just who they are, and we've got to be ready to have our own."

Najee, Damien Harris Praised for “Angry Runs”

Every week during the NFL season, Kyle Brandt of the NFL Network's Good Morning Football awards sifts through the most powerful runs of the week to award a steel-forged scepter for his Angry Run of the week. In Week 2, the award was all about two Alabama Crimson Tide legends...