Players come and go for the Steelers every year, and the Steelers draft a bunch of rookies every year. Sometimes when it’s said and done, one new player causes excitement with fans, and they can’t wait till they take to the field to see how they perform. In 2023 the Steelers have taken this to a whole new level.
In 2022, while it was a good draft and fans had their favorites it’s hard to say the draft thrilled everyone depending on what side of the white Pickett Fence you were on. Some fans were jacked to see the Pittsburgh phenom land with the Steelers. Others couldn’t wait to see if the addition of Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett would be a trainwreck in slow motion.
Well, the 2022 season may have come close to disaster, but they salvaged their season after the bye week, which brings us to the 2023 season. While people can argue how to grade the draft, the Steelers got good value with their picks and were able to fleece the rest of the NFL to get quality players that can add much to the Steelers offensively and defensively.
Why Steelers fans should be excited about the Steelers rushing game
With all of the moves the Steelers have made, here are the reasons why we should be stoked when the Steelers finally take the field later this year. First, it is the possible transformation of the Steelers rushing game. With the Steelers addition of not only Broderick Jones but also Nate Herbig, Isaac Seumalo, Spencer Anderson, and Darnell Washington, there is no doubt things can only get better for Najee Harris.
Najee Harris has taken his share of knocks in the last two seasons. Some are his fault, and some are not. The one thing he couldn’t control was the offensive line's play. With the effort the Steelers have made in improving the offensive line, there is no doubt that Najee Harris should be able to gain more yardage with fewer rushes.
There is no excuse that if Broderick Jones and Darnell Washington are out there blocking in front of Najee, he should not be able to now execute rushes for longer the 37 yards. If, with the offensive line upgrades, Najee still fails to rip off long rushes and have a hundred-yard performance on 10-12 rushes, then perhaps the Steelers have had a Najee Harris problem all this time.