PITTSBURGH — On a day where offensive success was hard to come by, Najee Harris certainly had some of the best offensive success out of anyone on the Steelers in their 26-17 Week 2 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.
On one hand, Harris did not get much on the ground. On the other hand, he ended up notching his first career touchdown, and that has to account for something.
On a 3rd and 10, it seemed like Harris simply made things happen with his ability after the catch. However, this looks like an option route, and Harris noticed things in the Raiders coverages throughout the game that allowed him to make this play even more effective. He broke that down on how he made the touchdown come to life.
“As you’re getting experience, when you get more of a feel for the game, you begin to understand what type of defense they’re in,” Harris said. “So, as a player, you understand where the free spots are going to be and how to attack them as the day goes on. He had me in man, and I knew where the free spot was. I knew I would have a lot of space to work with. So, that’s what happened.”
Harris is certainly starting to adapt to things at an NFL speed. It seems the game is slowing down for Harris, which can only be a good thing. Harris was a little too dizzy-headed in Week 1, but he looked comfortable and collected in Week 2. That is the type of growth the Steelers will like to see from their first-round rookie.