Mike Tomlin plans to have Najee Harris participate in Steelers four preseason games

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In recent years, coaches have had important running backs sit out preseason games to ensure they’ll be healthy once the regular season starts.

But that apparently will not be the case for the Steelers and their rookie back, Najee Harris.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said during his Tuesday press conference that Harris could be on the field for all four preseason games. The Steelers and Cowboys will face off in the Hall of Fame game on Thursday night.

He’s a rookie,” Tomlin said, via Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Man, he needs the process of game preparation and ultimately play. We’ve got four opportunities for him to do that.”

Harris was the 24th overall pick for Pittsburgh in this year’s draft after four years at Alabama. He rushed for 1,466 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2020, also making 43 receptions for 425 yards.

After Pittsburgh finished the 2020 season dead last in rushing, averaging just 3.6 yards per carry, Harris will be a critical piece for the team’s offense in 2021. It sounds like Tomlin wants to make sure he’s ready to carry the load.

10 responses to “Mike Tomlin plans to have Najee Harris participate in Steelers four preseason games

  1. jdphx says:
    August 3, 2021 at 1:27 pm
    With a 17 game schedule, I thought Preseason was cut to three games?

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    The Hall of Fame game give Dallas and Pittsburg +1.

  2. Tomlin might want to check his schedule. Never was a detail guy, only a motivator.

  3. If you are scheduled to play the HOF game, you will have an extra pre season game. In the recent past teams in HOF game would have had five pre season games.

  4. I think this is a positive, as both teams need the extra practice the preseason brings

  5. citizenstrange, let’s talk about Tomlin sweeping your Ravens last year.

  6. thisismy5thaccount says:
    August 3, 2021 at 1:41 pm
    Tomlin might want to check his schedule. Never was a detail guy, only a motivator.
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    There is nothing more satisfying than comments questioning the competence of someone at the top of their field…when those comments actually only demonstrate the incompetence of the commenter. It’s food of the Gods.

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