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Locked On: Do Steelers Have an Offensive Identity?



Steelers Kenny Pickett hands off to Najee Harris as the Steelers face the Ravens on Jan. 1, 2022 in Baltimore. (Mitchell Northam / Steelers Now)

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a number of additions to their offense ahead of the 2023, bringing in tackle Broderick Jones, guards Isaac Seumalo and Nate Herbig, tight end Darnell Washington and wide receiver Allen Robinson II to add to the group that already included Najee Harris, Pat Freiermuth, Diontae Johnson, George Pickens and Kenny Pickett.

Most of those additions — three offensive lineman, a gigantic tight end and an elite blocking running back — seem poised to help the team’s running game excel in 2023.

Matt Canada’s unit already ran the ball a lot in 2022, and in particular in the second half of the season, but does that make the running game their offensive identity? Harris seems to think so, saying after the first practice of minicamp on Tuesday that the Steelers found their way with the running game in the second half last year.

“I feel like we found our identity,” Harris said. “Early on, we didn’t know what we were.”

Alan Saunders of Steelers Now joined Chris Carter of the Locked On Steelers podcast to discuss the new offense, plus the looming contract situation between the Steelers and Harris, how Johnson can be better in 2023 and who the leaders of the Pittsburgh offense should be.

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