Diontae Johnson says Najee Harris will take a lot of 'pressure' off the WRs in the passing game
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Brooke Pryor of ESPN posted a photo on Twitter of Najee Harris making a one-handed grab at yesterday's minicamp practice, and it was quite impressive, to say the least. This isn't the first time that Harris has made one-handed catches either, as he was displaying it in rookie minicamp, as well.
Along with rushing for 3,843 yards on 638 carries (6.0 average) and 46 touchdowns at Alabama, Harris also had 80 receptions for 781 yards (9.8 average) and 11 touchdowns.
Harris' pass-catching abilities are why he's often compared to Le'Veon Bell, however, he might be even better as a pass-catcher coming out of college.
Below look at the reception Harris had on LSU linebacker Patrick Queen, who is now with the Ravens. Harris makes it look easy, naturally catching a back-shoulder throw for a touchdown.
Steelers wide receiver spoke with the media this morning and he touched on Harris is going to take pressure off the receivers in the passing game.
"It's different," Johnson said of Harris' pass-catching abilities. "It takes a lot of pressure off the receivers having a guy like him being able to catch out of the backfield like that. It's special because it also puts a lot of pressure on the defense too because they have to worry about covering a running back who is capable of catching like a receiver.
"Being around him, his work ethic, how hard practice shows he is hungry and ready to play."
During rookie minicamp, Harris said the Steelers are going to line him out wide like how he was utilized at Alabama.
"There are a lot of things that are similar, just different terminology, the same meaning at the end of the day," Harris said about the similarities of the Steelers offense to Alabama's. "The one thing that is similar is how they are going to line me up out wide like they did in college, utilize the running back in the passing game out wide, in the slot, at the X position."