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Steelers RB Najee Harris gets brutally honest on his early run in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Steelers, Najee Harris

During his run with the Alabama Crimson Tide, running back Najee Harris was well renowned for opening up seasons with formidable performances. However, this has not been the case so far in his early run with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Harris has had standout plays over his opening two games in Pittsburgh, which include his highlight-reel stiff arm against Las Vegas Raiders safety Johnathan Abram in Week 2. But with a mere 130 yards from scrimmage and a 3.2 rushing yards per attempt average, the NFL is still waiting to see glimpses of his dominant self that was well on display over his memorable run in Alabama.

In speaking during a press conference on Friday, Harris touched on early takeaways of his run with the Steelers, where he opened up about his patient mentality so far this season.

“You want immediate results, especially being a rookie,” Harris said. “Me, personally, you want to try to find a way to impact the game and the team. But you gotta realize it takes time. Because you’re just new at something, you’re just really learning the small stuff that you need to know to make those big plays or to be that person you want to be.

“People always want the end result, but they never really look at the long process. It is to get the end result, and that’s where I am right now. The plays are gonna come eventually. I know I can make plays, it’s just me learning it.”

Earlier this week, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin offered his stamp of approval on the rookie running back, where he revealed his expectation that the former Alabama star will “get routinely better” on a game-by-game basis.

Harris will have a key test up next in the Steelers’ Week 3 home game against the Cincinnati Bengals—a team that ranks 11th in rush defense with a 95.0 rushing yards allowed per game average.