2. The Steelers running back room is in great hands
All signs point to a breakout year from the Steelers running back room. Najee Harris is 100% healthy for the first time since his rookie year and will run behind a retooled offensive line in 2023. While his carries have been limited this preseason, it is fair to expect big numbers from him throughout the regular season.
The real story, however, lies behind Najee Harris and on the back of the team's RB2. Jaylen Warren was a shock to many last year as an undrafted free agent who showed out in training camp and the 2022 preseason. One year later, Warren has stepped his game up a notch and has converted some fans into believing he should be the RB1.
The second-year back out of Oklahoma State bolted out of the backfield for a 62-yard touchdown on the Steelers' first drive of the night against Buffalo and appeared to have gained some speed compared to last year. Jaylen Warren provides much-valued running back depth and bolsters an exceptional skillset of his own next to Najee Harris.
Anthony McFarland seems to be a lock for the Steelers' RB3 spot and has shown flashes in the last two games that we hadn't seen from him in years prior. All in all, it is fair to say that the Steelers running back room is stout and primed to run through defenses in 2023. Pittsburgh's running game is in great hands regardless of who fans think the starter should be.