PITTSBURGH — The Steelers took highly sought after and hyped up running back Najee Harris in the first round.
However, with so many of the running game’s hopes falling upon Harris, there was legitimate talk about how much Harris would play during the preseason. Even with the hype and clear talent level that Harris is bringing to the table, Mike Tomlin does not want to treat the first-round pick any differently than any other rookie.
In fact, Tomlin says he views it as extremely necessary that Harris gets as much time on the field. While he still does not know how much time Harris will play on Thursday or in any game for that matter, he says that time will be significant to get Harris acclimated to the NFL.
“He’s a rookie. Man, he needs the process,” Tomlin said. “He needs that up to game preparation and then to ultimately play. We got four opportunities for him to do that, and we’ll make sure he participates in all four of those processes. We’ll determine how much he plays, but the preparation process of readying yourself to play is something I believe all those young guys need.”
Not only is Harris a guy who will play at least four games and get through those processes, but all the rookies will follow suit with Harris. Tomlin believes that the preseason is an adjusting period, and as such, Harris will play all the games.