The Pittsburgh Steelers thought Najee Harris was going to be their primary runner.
The Alabama product entered the league with plenty of promise and expectations, but he hasn’t been able to live up to them.
Instead, it’s been Jaylen Warren, the most efficient and impressive running back for the team, who is becoming a fan favorite and getting more involved in the offensive game-plan as time passes.
Notably, Warren wasn’t exactly a physical force in high school or college, but he was still able to turn the corner and become great at picking up yards after the contact in the pros.
Recently, Kyle Brandt asked him about that in the Angry Chats podcast, wondering when he realized that he was great at running people over.
I got to hang with the hardest runner in the NFL.
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However, Warren claims that he was never the one who ran people over.
Instead, he just bounced off people and kept running, so he thinks the key to that new-found skill was just getting stronger.
Warren has been more efficient and dynamic than Harris.
He’s a better option in the passing game and no-huddle offense, as he’s great in pass protection and has a reliable pair of hands in screen passes and whatnot.
The Steelers thought they’d have a cowbell back leading most of the way, but they wound up having a solid committee, which is even better.
Some fans believe Warren should actually be the starter going forward, and who knows? With Matt Canada out, that might as well be one of the few changes we see right away.