Pittsburgh Steelers running back najee harris had the first standout performance of his career in the NFL during his team’s Week 5 home matchup against the Denver Broncos.
Much was talked about with Harris’ early season performances this year. Coming into the matchup with Denver, the former Alabama Crimson Tide star posted a 46.3 rushing yards per game average and a 3.4 yards per rush attempt figure through Pittsburgh’s opening four games of the campaign.
To the delight of the Steelers coaching staff, Harris played a vital role in the 27-19 home win over the Broncos thanks to his 142 yards from scrimmage and one rushing touchdown outing.
Overall, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is much pleased with Harris’ development by the week. For one, he sees that the rookie running back continues to show stark improvements at this stage in the campaign.
Following the Steelers’ key home win over Denver, Tomlin detailed his early takeaways of Harris so far in the season.
“He’s getting better every week, but I think that’s a reasonable expectation,” Tomlin said. “We’re talking about a guy who has some talent, but who is getting acclimated to the professional game. The learning experience is what it is. He’s a sharp guy and he’s learning quickly. So, it’s reasonable to expect him to continue to put together increasingly better performances, particularly in the short term.”
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger also offered his stamp of approval to Harris’ career day.
“It was fun to watch him excel and takeover,” Roethlisberger said.
The Steelers running back will have the chance at a second consecutive standout performance in Week 6 when Pittsburgh hosts the Seattle Seahawks and their 30th ranked rush defense in the NFL (139.5 rushing yards allowed per game).