Pittsburgh Steelers release new depth chart, put Najee Harris in prime position
Alabama’s Najee Harris has impressed plenty of coaches around the Pittsburgh Steelers in the months since they drafted him No. 24 overall. Now they’re making good on that pick by inserting him into the starting lineup. A recently released depth chart showed Harris as the starting running back.
“We’re not micromanaging it at this juncture,” coach Mike Tomlin said, per AL.com. “We’re rolling those guys through. Obviously, he’s getting a lot of work and a lot of significant work in the first group because that’s where we took him.”
The Steelers made Harris the first running back drafted this past spring after he ran for 1,466 yards and 26 touchdowns on 251 carries and caught 43 passes for 425 yards and four touchdowns for the Crimson Tide’s national championship team. Harris broke the SEC record for single-season touchdowns and tied the league record for career touchdowns.
Alabama fans will notice other familiar names on the Steelers’ depth chart: Free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and center J.C. Hassenauer.
Fitzpatrick has been a first-team All-Pro selection the past two seasons, while Hassenauer saw his first NFL action in 2020 in his third year of trying to break into the league.
The Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys are the only NFL teams that have had full-squad practices in training camp so far in 2021 because they will square off in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 5, one week before the full NFL preseason schedule will kick off.