Najee Harris

Najee Harris

24-Year-Old Running BackRB
Pittsburgh Steelers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Volume was the biggest selling point for Harris in fantasy drafts last year after the Alabama product became the 24th overall pick, and Mike Tomlin didn't disappoint as the rookie was a huge part of the Pittsburgh offense right away. Harris was the only player other than Jonathan Taylor to top 300 carries last season, and his 94 targets led all running backs. Harris' 3.9 yards per carry was somewhat disappointing, and his other efficiency stats weren't much better, but he faced tough circumstances between a subpar offensive line and a passing game with little vertical element. Ben Roethlisberger's retirement won't necessarily improve things -- especially with Mitchell Trubisky or rookie Kenny Pickett, the 20th overall pick in this year's draft, taking over under center -- but the roster still offers little competition for touches behind Harris, who could see better blocking this season after the Steelers signed C Mason Cole and G James Daniels in March. Harris managed only 1.7 yards before contact per carry last year, ranking 49th of 53 qualified RBs, and better blocking would give the 232-pounder more opportunities to run over defensive backs in the open field. Combined with another huge workload, it's a formula for big-time production if the Pittsburgh offense takes even a modest step forward. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a four-year, $13.05 million contract with the Steelers in May of 2021.
Provides unimpressive final line
RBPittsburgh Steelers
January 16, 2022
Harris (elbow) rushed 12 times for 29 yards while catching both of his targets for a loss of one yard and losing a fumble in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Chiefs.
ANALYSIS
Harris was able to suit up after injuring his elbow in the Steelers' regular-season finale, but a balky elbow can't explain away being stonewalled by the defense as a runner. Onlookers can probably attribute the lost fumble to the rookie's injury, as he safely secured every single touch during his first turn in the pros. The 2021 first-round pick finished the regular season with 1,667 combined yards and 10 combined touchdowns as the Steelers' workhorse over 17 games, giving him starter's appeal across all formats based on volume alone. However, a sub-par 3.9 yards-per-carry mark left much to be desired in terms of his abilities as a runner. Perhaps the spread nature of Pittsburgh's offensive scheme with Ben Roethlisberger under center handicapped the young back. Either way, we will see how Harris responds to potentially becoming the focal point of a new-look Steelers squad that will likely be without its leader of the past two decades.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Najee Harris' 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
15.0%
 
Positive Run %
83.4%
 
% Yds After Contact
66.5%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.6
 
Rushing TD %
2.3%
 
Touches Per Game
22.4
 
% Snaps w/Touch
41.0%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-2.2
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.04
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.9%
 
% Team Targets
14.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
78.7%
 
Drop Rate
7.4%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.9
 
% Targeted On Route
20.6%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.02
 
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2021 Najee Harris Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Najee Harris' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
232 lbs
 
Hand Length
10.25 in
 
Arm Length
33.25 in
 
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
The latest product of Nick Saban's running back factory, Harris is a big, athletic runner who offers three-down potential in the NFL. His ability to run through would-be tacklers (or, in the case of one poor Notre Dame defender featured in endless replays, hurdle over them) jumps out from his tape, but Harris also features some elusiveness and burst through traffic that allows him to pick up plenty of extra yards, even if his lack of top-end speed keeps him from being a consistent home-run threat. Harris seems to be more of an instinctive runner than one with well-developed vision, but either way he can find an opening and hit it. He's put in work to become better as a pass catcher and blocker, but he's simply adequate at both and not a difference-maker. The track record of Crimson Tide backs is a very good one in recent years, and Harris has the skills to establish himself as a three-down back in Pittsburgh after becoming the first running back off the board in the 2021 draft (24th overall). Given his size and running style, a career like that of former Rams star Steven Jackson wouldn't be surprising.
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All set for Sunday
RBPittsburgh Steelers
January 15, 2022
Harris (elbow), who was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, no longer carries an injury designation and will be available for the playoff contest.
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Questionable for wild-card game
RBPittsburgh Steelers
Elbow
January 14, 2022
Harris (elbow) was a full practice participant Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's wild-card game against the Chiefs, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
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Set to resume practicing Friday
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Elbow
January 13, 2022
Harris (elbow) remained a spectator for Thursday's practice, but head coach Mike Tomlin said the running back will be back on the field for Friday's session, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
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Sits out Wednesday's practice
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Elbow
January 12, 2022
Harris (elbow) didn't practice Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
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Elbow injury lingering
RBPittsburgh Steelers
Elbow
January 11, 2022
Coach Mike Tomlin said Harris' elbow injury is expected to "slow him in the early portion of the week" as the Steelers prepare for Sunday's wild-card game at Kansas City, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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