3 Steelers that fans will be pleasantly surprised by in 2023

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1. RB Jaylen Warren

Everybody wants to talk about all of the improvements Najee Harris could make now that he has a revamped offensive line that will include Broderick Jones and Isaac Seumalo. But what about Jaylen Warren? In terms of efficiency, these two running backs really weren't even close last season. Warren was the more effective player both per rushing attempt and target in the passing game.

Warren was a ball of thunder at times for the Steelers during his first season. The former undrafted rookie out of Oklahoma State not only made the team but also carved out a significant role as the primary backup to Najee last season.

Warren looked notably thicker and more muscular at Steelers OTAs this year, and he wowed fans with his explosion and burst in running back drills. Because he possesses such great contact balance and the ability to run through arm tackles without losing speed, Warren could be just what the doctor ordered for this offense.

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I just have a feeling that it's going to be hard to keep Warren off the field in his second NFL season, and year two is historically when running backs make their biggest leap. All eyes are on Najee Harris and what he can do with an improved offensive line, but don't forget about Jaylen Warren. He could surprise you in 2023.