Sport Steelers Legend Jerome Bettis Reacts To Team Drafting Najee Harris
Steelers legend Jerome Bettis says Najee Harris can give Big Ben's career 'another year or another two years'
Roethlisberger's football life in Pittsburgh may come full circleThe Hall of Fame running back recently spoke on the state of the Steelers and Roethlisberger, who at age 39 is entering his final season under contract. Bettis is encouraged by the future of the Steelers after seeing the team select two offensive linemen and a running back during the first four rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. He feels that an added emphasis on the running game can help prolong Roethlisberger's career "another year or another two years.
With the No. 24 pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, thelanded the top running back in this year’s class. Filling a much-needed position in the backfield, fans of Steeler nation were thrilled by the selection of former Alabama superstar .
That excitement has made its way to one Pittsburgh football legend as well. During an appearance on NFL Network earlier today, Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis shared his reaction to the Steelers’ first-round selection.
“I was ecstatic when they made the pick,” Bettis said. ” I thought that they didn’t understand or recognize the error of their ways when they went away from the power running game — and I think with that pick, they realized ‘Hey. We have got to get back to running the football.'”
NFL removes ‘Rodgers vs. Mahomes’ from schedule-release promo
The NFL will release its complete 2021 schedule on Wednesday. A promo for the release that aired roughly a week ago highlighted several matchups we will see this year, and “Rodgers vs. Mahomes” was the first one mentioned. You can see the commercial below: Your browser does not support this video Brad Callas of Complex Sports noted on Sunday that the NFL has released a new version of the ad. The part that said “Rodgers vs. Mahomes” in the original has been replaced with “Jackson vs. Mahomes,” referencing when Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens will take on the Chiefs.
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Through the 2020 season, the Steelers finished dead last in rushing offense with just 84.4 yards per game and 1,351 yards on the season. Adding on to those backfield woes, last year’s leading rusher, James Conner, left the team to join the Arizona Cardinals in free agency earlier this offseason.
As the first running back off the board in this year’s talented draft pool, Harris should have an immediate impact as the lead back on the Pittsburgh offense in 2021. Through his senior season with the Crimson Tide, the national champion RB finished fifth in Heisman voting after logging 1,891 total yards and 30 touchdowns.
Cowboys split on which cornerback to select with 10th pick
While it’s always important to take pre-draft news with a grain of salt, that the Cowboys have generally hinted at their first-round selection days before the draft. The reporter details how the Cowboys have narrowed their focus on a specific first-rounder each year since 2015, with the one exception being last year when CeeDee Lamb unexpectedly fell.One thing is for sure: The Cowboys won’t be trading up from No. 10.
If Harris is able to have anywhere near the impact that Bettis did in his rookie season, the Steelers are in for a treat. After he was selected by the Los Angeles Rams with the No. 10 overall pick in the 1993 draft, “The Bus” notched 1,429 yards and seven touchdowns on his way to All-Pro and Pro-Bowl selections. In his first season with the Steelers in 1996, he notched his second All-Pro honors behind 1,431 yards and 11 touchdowns.
With increased offensive line depth and Harris at the running back position, the Steelers will look to add a much-needed power running game in 2021.
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NFL draft: Steelers ignore OL needs, take Alabama RB Najee Harris with 24th pick .
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