Steelers' Jaylen Warren Named Starting RB Over Najee Harris - Sport News

Steelers’ Jaylen Warren Named Starting RB Over Najee Harris

On Sunday, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Warren was announced with the starters prior to his team’s 23-19 win over the Green Bay Packers.

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - 12 tháng 11: Jaylen Warren # 30 của Pittsburgh Steelers chạy qua De'Vondre Campbell # 59 của Green Bay Packers và Jonathan Owens # 34 của Green Bay Packers trong khi ghi một bàn thắng gấp gáp trong hiệp hai tại Sân vận động Acrisure vào ngày 12 tháng 11 năm 2023 tại Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Ảnh của Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, Warren, who has been the backup to Najee Harris this season, revealed that head coach Mike Tomlin notified him in the week’s lead-in to the game (h/t ESPN’s Brooke Pryor and Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about it Tuesday and gave this response.

The Steelers’ official depth chart still lists Harris over Warren, although they’ve been splitting touches all season.

On Sunday, Warren amassed 15 carries for 101 rushing yards and a touchdown in addition to two receptions for nine yards. Harris compiled 16 carries for 82 rushing yards and a score alongside three receptions for 14 yards. Each running back played 33 snaps.

Warren has been the Steelers’ most efficient and explosive offensive running back this season, averaging 5.1 yards per carry (71/364/2) alongside 31 receptions for 218 yards. He is tied with wide receiver George Pickens for most yards from scrimmage with 582 (on 102 touches for 5.7 yards per touch).

Harris has not fared as well as Warren, although he’s still managed to do enough in his own right. The third-year pro has rushed for 4.0 yards per carry (116/464/3) alongside 18 catches for 115 yards.

Harris entered the season as the clear RB1, but at this juncture, it’s clear that Warren is deserving of as many if not more touches. He’s simply on fire over his last two games after amassing 113 total yards on 14 touches in a 20-16 win over the Tennessee Titans the week before.

Warren, Harris and the 6-3 Steelers will now begin a huge two-game AFC North road trip beginning Sunday when they take on the Cleveland Browns. A date with the Cincinnati Bengals then looms on Nov. 26.


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