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Steelers Daily Links: Najee Harris Finished Strong, Heyward Brotherly Love
It was a strong close to the 2022 season for second-year running back Najee Harris and an NFL Films camera caught Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and defensive captain Cam Heyward gushing about his younger brother, Steelers tight end Connor Heyward.
🏈 Najee Harris’ stat line has been changed from this past Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns, and it could have potential fantasy implications for leagues that played in Week 18. The NFL removed four yards from Harris (minus 0.4 fantasy points), dropping him from 84 to 80 in the game, and from 1,038 to 1,034 on the season.
🏈 Najee Harris (84.4) was the highest-graded running back from Week 13 to the end of the regular season, according to Pro Football Focus. Harris rushed for 449 yards on 114 carries (3.9 average) and three touchdowns during that span. He also caught the game-winning touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 16.
🏈 PFF was also highly impressed with Kenny Pickett’s play from Week 12 to the end of the season, earning a 90.1 grade. Among quarterbacks, only Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills (90.9) had a higher grade during that stretch.
🏈 George Pickens’ 19 contested catches in 2022 were the most by a rookie since PFF started tracking data.
🏈 NFL.com broke down the top 10 plays from Kenny Pickett and Najee Harris in 2022.
🏈 Before the Week 9 bye, the Steelers were averaging 15.0 points per game and allowing 24.6 points per game. Post-bye, the Steelers put up 20.8 points per game and surrendered 16.5 points per game. Pittsburgh held opposing offenses to no more than 17 points in each of their last seven games.
🏈 NFL Films captured a special moment between Mike Tomlin and Cam Heyward talking about Connor Heyward during Sunday’s game against the Browns.
.@CamHeyward and @CoachTomlin share a special moment talking about Cam's little brother @ConnorHeyward1. 💛🖤
"He plays for us making big plays. Ain't it cool?" (via @NFLFilms) pic.twitter.com/NpZdM5L0nY
— NFL (@NFL) January 11, 2023
🏈 Despite leading the Steelers to a 7-2 record down the stretch after a 2-6 start, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk doesn’t think Mike Tomlin should even be considered for NFL Coach of the Year. “He did a great job of cleaning up his own mess,” Florio said of 93.7 The Fan.
🏈 Wednesday marked the 40th anniversary of Lynn Swann’s retirement. At the age of 30, Swann stepped away from the Steelers and immediately transitioned into broadcasting and joined ABC to work their USFL games.
🏈 Bills safety Damar Hamlin was released from a Buffalo hospital on Wednesday after his doctors said they completed a series of tests. This comes nine days after he went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated during a game in Cincinnati.
📅 On this day in 1975, the Steelers won Super Bowl IX, 16-6 over the Minnesota Vikings for their first NFL title. Played at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, the game was a defensive struggle, with Dwight White’s sack of Frank Tarkenton for a safety the only points in the first half. The Steelers capitalized on a Vikings fumble on the opening kick of the third quarter, and Franco Harris score on a 9-yard run. Minnesota scored on a blocked punt early in the fourth quarter, but Terry Bradshaw hit tight end Larry Brown for a four-yard touchdown to seal the victory.
🎂 Happy birthday 25th birthday to former Steelers cornerback Justin Layne, now with the New York Giants.
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🏈 The Steelers will continue their exit interviews, locker clean-out and other break-up activities.
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