The Steelers offensive line has been noticeably bad throughout the first three weeks of the season, and looks to be getting progressively worse.
To his detriment first-round pick Najee Harris has suffered the consequences of having nowhere to run early on.
Harris has been hit at or behind the line of scrimmage on a staggering 70% of rushing attempts, the highest rate in the entire NFL according to Austin Gayle of Pro Football Focus.
Steelers' Najee Harris has been hit at or behind the LOS on 70% of his carries — highest rate in the NFL, per @PFF.
— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) September 27, 2021
The 6-foot-1, 230 pound back has registered only 123 yards rushing on 40 carries, only averaging 3.1 yards-per-carry.
As a result, the former Alabama star broke the Steelers record for receptions by a running back on Sunday facing Cincinnati, catching 14 passes for 102 yards. Harris broke fellow back Jaylon Samuels’ record of 13 grabs set in 2019 against Indianapolis.
How poor has the line played? Harris’ 140 yards receiving, racked up primarily versus the Bengals, is 17 yards greater than his yardage on the ground (123) entering week four in Green Bay.