5 Steelers who need to step up in Week 2

With Week 1 in the rear view, these Steelers need to shift it into high gear in Week 2

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2. Najee Harris

The game against the 49ers got out of hand in a hurry, resulting in a shifted game plan for the Steelers. No longer could they even try to establish the run, even though they should have stuck with it a little bit more. In total, the Steelers only ran the ball 10 times, so it was difficult for anyone carrying the football to establish any type of rhythm.

Najee Harris received just six carries that went for 31 yards. But, one of those carries went for 24. So, the other five were good for just seven in total. The Steelers need to see better blocking out of their offensive line in both aspects of the game, but it is imperative that they get better run blocking. As any team knows, they need to establish the run first and foremost in order to keep opposing defenses honest.

The Browns' defense was no joke against the Bengals last week, too, so it doesn't appear to be getting any easier for the Steelers this week. Their game plan has to start with running Harris, and hopefully we see him running consistently. Only then, could Pickett enjoy even more success as the offense sees more balance.