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PITTSBURGH – With nearly 3 1/2 seasons of experience playing with offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood in Alabama, the Pittsburgh Steelers, running back Najee Harris, have an inside track on the scout report of the Las Vegas Raiders’ first round.
But asked if he has any tips for the Steelers outside linebacker TJ Watt, who was to go against Leatherwood on Sunday, Harris forged.
“S —,” he said Friday. “Good luck, I think.”
Watt, who recently signed an extension that makes him the NFL’s highest paid defender, has little more than luck on his side as he goes against just the right tackle. Harris may not be volunteering with much advice, but Watt is not asking for it either.
“No, I did not even ask him,” Watt said with a laugh. “That’s the thing, at this time of year there are only one or two fights, a handful of snaps that you can watch on conflicting offensive linemen, so it’s about focusing on yourself and trying to get yourself in the best situations. to throw your best courses on game day. “
Harris, who wants to build on a 16-rookie debut, carries 45 yards, and Leatherwood is far from the only Alabama products to be at Heinz Field on Sunday when the Steelers host the Raiders.
Raiders running back, Kenyan Drake and Josh Jacobs not playing on Sunday due to a toe / ankle injury and receiving Henry Ruggs are all Alabama alumni, as are Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, center JC Hassenauer and DL Isaiah Buggs, among others.
“There’s something about Bama’s back,” Watt said when asked about Jacobs. “Backs in Wisconsin are also pretty good so I can not give them all the credit. The SEC is a phenomenal conference to go against and I think they see a lot of reps. … Very excited to go up against a talented guy in this week. “