UNITY TWP., Pa. — The Steelers backup running backs, Jaylen Warren and Anthony McFarland, are both having stellar camps. Interestingly, the buzz and most of the reps have gone away from third-year running back Najee Harris, who has only taken a true handful of reps thus far.
But that is just how those two like it. Jaylen Warren and McFarland are able to show off some of their skills in different situations with Harris being brought along with some sense of caution thus far into the process. It is expected that Harris and the rest of the crew will play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, however, so some of those reps will be decreasing.
Regardless, Warren and McFarland are showcasing traits that the Steelers can use in multiple different areas of the game at this point. McFarland has shown crisp route running and aptitude to working out of the backfield and into the slot as a receiver. Meanwhile, Warren still carries the undrafted grit with a second-year polish that seemingly has taken the game to the next level.
But what once started out as a battle for RB3, seems to be all but wrapped up in McFarland’s favor. McFarland has come into his own as a solid running back thus far, and now it will be about him translating into onto the field in-stadium at this point.