Pittsburgh Steelers rerun Najee Harris fairly defended his reputation for receptive skills after college, even responding to reports that he’s improved dramatically as a catcher. during the college season because that implies he’s not that good. earlier in his college career.
However, whenever he talks about his reception since arriving in the NFL, he makes sure to point out that the goals he’s received aren’t by design, and in fact, are. a good thing for offense when he doesn’t get the ball.
“I think people misunderstand a lot of things. I get checked. It doesn’t look like a built-in game to me,” he told reporters on Friday when asked about his role as a payee in the offence. “I am the last to read. I am a tester. The last few games I didn’t get the ball because — that’s a good thing! —They didn’t throw it at the control panel. Maybe they’re broadcasting it.”
In addition to making the ball 26 times against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Harris was targeted four times in the Steelers’ final game. He caught all four passes in 28 metres. A week earlier, he’d caught three of his three passes for 16 yards. It was also three of the previous three weeks.
“It’s not like there’s been a set of plays over the last few games built in for me to get the ball. It’s just, I’m the test track,” he said. “Just like the Bengals game, everyone was saying they were designing the pass for me. It was like, no, I’m the test track. . I was just the checker, the last reading when he read his post”.
The Bengals game he talked about was in Week 3. He caught 14 passes throughout the game, a record for a Steelers running back, in 102 yards, though he also dropped a few. pass. But he insisted even then that those passes were checks, and not designed to play him the ball.
“The past games, they haven’t read the last one because the others have opened, so that’s a good thing,” the returning rookie said. “Hopefully it’s just that. But if the ball comes to me, I will try as hard as I can.”
Outside of the occasional drop, Harris has been an asset as a pick-up option, even if it’s as a check-flush valve. He’s caught 44 passes in nine games, an increase of 317 yards as he’s close to 1,000 more passes than scenario for the year. He also has two touches in addition to his four hasty touches and averages about five catches per game.
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