What if Harris has an above-average season for the Steelers?
This is just the opposite for Harris. The previous scenario likely meant that the line didn’t live up to expectations, but the slight increase in production means the opposite. The Steelers investments paid off, as they allowed for an effective running game spearheaded by Harris.
We see his total runs jump over 300. This means that the game plan worked, and the team, for the most part, was able to constantly ground defenses down. Harris holds up his end of the bargain, finally having a healthy average and having his best rushing season as a pro. The line gels, opens up holes, and allows for the team to finally have a good ground game.
While this is a productive season, Harris still lacks the big runs you want out of the position. While 4.4 yards per carry would be a welcome sight, his game is still predicated on workload as opposed to great efficiency. The new line certainly helps out, but Harris still doesn’t produce like you would want a first-round running back to produce.
He isn’t going to net 74 receptions like his rookie year, but that number ticks up and he matches the yards per catch that he had as a rookie. It isn’t a dynamic year on that front, but it likely won’t be as long as Warren maintains his third-down role.
Where you really see some healthy growth is as a scorer. Harris has a career year and finds the end zone 13 total times. While he has been able to hit double-digit scores in both seasons, he really becomes a steady producer once this offense gets into the red zone.