Najee Harris says Steelers will play him everywhere, including wide receiver

USA Today

Steelers rookie running back Najee Harris believes he’ll be more than just a running back in Pittsburgh.

Harris said after the Steelers’ rookie minicamp that he expects to play “everywhere” in the offense, and that he’ll spend some time lining up as a wide receiver.

“They’re going to, I guess, line me up out wide and stuff like that how I did in college — utilize the running back in the passing game out wide, in the slot, all the way out to the ‘X’ position,” Harris said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Harris said that what he’ll be asked to do in offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s system is not unlike what he did at Alabama.

“There’s a lot of things that are similar,” Harris said. “It’s just different terminology, but the same meaning at the end of the day.”

The Steelers made Harris the first running back off the board with the 24th pick in the 2021 NFL draft. Taking a running back that high is a risky proposition in today’s NFL, but the Steelers will hope Harris can do a lot, including a lot more than just running the ball.

17 responses to “Najee Harris says Steelers will play him everywhere, including wide receiver

  1. Last time they did that it didn’t work out so well. If you to run into a guy named Kordell Stewart you might want to have a chat with him.

  2. maximusintoxicus says:
    May 19, 2021 at 10:02 am
    Last time they did that it didn’t work out so well. If you to run into a guy named Kordell Stewart you might want to have a chat with him.

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    I would say its more line what they did with Leveon Bell. And he had the best years of his career in that time.

  3. This guy has to be the overwhelming favorite for offensive rookie of the year.

  4. Jags say they are doing this with Etienne a week ago and Urb gets called out. Steeler doing it and all gravy. The hate is laughable for my Jags.

  5. With that O line he will certainly be safer lining up at WR

    Funny….how did the Ravens do against that line last year?

  6. Last I remember the Steelers won the afc north last year and swept the ravens. Najee Harris will fit in just fine with a rejuvenated young o line.

  7. The Steelers and Pats are not as good at drafting the last few years. The Harris drafting shows desperation

  8. Between Harris & Travis Etienne, it sounds like running backs are going to be having more value again. Before I sign my first contract, I would be expected to get paid more for playing 2 different positions.

  9. He has Derrick Henry level potential, except he can catch passes. He is going to be great.

  10. NinersFan1973 says:
    May 19, 2021 at 2:07 pm
    He has Derrick Henry level potential, except he can catch passes. He is going to be great.

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    Oh yeah I mean this guy is just like Barry Sanders only quicker.

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