Najee Harris Carries the Steelers to a Third Consecutive Victory
Once again, Najee Harris proved he is more than capable of carrying a heavy workload for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The rookie running back rushed for 91 yards on 26 carries and scored one touchdown, and caught three passes for 29 yards during the Steelers 15-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns in a hard-fought AFC North showdown.
Harris tied the game up at 10 when he leaped over a Browns defender from the four-yard line with 3:43 remaining in the third quarter. Cleveland came into the matchup ranked third in rushing yards allowed per game.
"He just keeps growing," said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. "His pass [protection], catching out of the backfield, running the ball at the end of the game, protecting the ball and being smart. He's going to keep getting better. He is a special talent."
It was the third consecutive game Harris has carried the ball more than 20 times and accounted for more than 100 yards from scrimmage. Harris has carried the ball 128 times for 479 yards and three touchdowns and caught 37 passes for 273 yards and another two scores through his first seven games in the NFL.
The former Alabama running back answered questions last week about his workload to this point in the season.
“Am I concerned? Nah. I want more,” Harris said. "I think every running back should want the ball more if you’re that dog-type of running back.
“My body’s good. I take really good care of my body, knock on wood, so I’m not tripping.”
Harris will make his Monday Night Football debut when the Steelers host the Chicago Bears on Nov. 9