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Watch: Najee Harris Runs in to Give Steelers Lead



Steelers RB Najee Harris
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris, left, runs the ball as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Cobie Durant tries to tackle him during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Steelers running back Najee Harris took the ball into the end zone against the Rams to give the Steelers the lead after coming into the game without a single touchdown on the ground this season. Pittsburgh now has three on the day, with one for Kenny Pickett, Jaylen Warren, and Harris. They are still only averaging 3.9 yards per carry for the game but have found tons of success in the second half against the Rams front, specifically on the left side of their line.

Harris has 11 carries, while Warren has five. Warren is averaging six yards per carry, including his sixteen-yard touchdown. Pickett’s quarterback sneaks have come up huge in this game, with two first downs and a touchdown giving the team the steam they needed in short-yardage areas.

Harris is the player who led a meeting along with center Mason Cole to break down the Steelers’ rushing attack and find what they did well. They took the suggestions to offensive coordinator Matt Canada, and it has come with some fruit on Sunday.

“I stayed here an extra with Mason Cole and looked at some film,” Harris said. “You know, we looked at some things we need to change and looked at some things we need to change as an offense. You know, some things like what tendencies need to change and take that to the coaches. This year, I wanted to bring in a lineman so I could talk to him about what I’m seeing and what they’re seeing and what we need to work on to help out the team and the offense. We need to figure out what will be successful in these game plans. The stuff we talked about is what is happening now. There’s better looks and stuff.”

Now, Pittsburgh has the lead, and it looks like they will have a chance to shut the door behind the running game that has begun to surge forward.