Second-year Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris has been gaining weight. Heading into the NFL he was listed at 6'1 232 lbs. as a rookie. This morning, reports came out stating that he had bulked up over 10 lbs. and is now at 244 lbs., becoming one of the heaviest running backs in the NFL currently. Even Jerome Bettis weighed less at the heaviest in his career at 243 lbs., which was also in his second season in the league.
Harris responded to the Tweet, saying:
"Bra I weighed 240 last year. Reporters really don’t be knowing nothing just be tweeting shit."
He then followed up with another tweet saying:
"Some reporters be straight cornballs."
Harris shined as a rookie for the Steelers. He was their first-round selection in the 2021 season, and he played like one the entire season. He recorded 1,200 rushing yards, seven rushing touchdowns, 74 receptions, 467 receiving yards, and three receiving touchdowns.
Harris finished fourth in rushing yards, fourth in all-purpose yards, and led all running backs in receptions. He was selected to the Pro Bowl as an alternative for Joe Mixon.
Fans responded to Najee Harris gaining weight in the off-season
This Twitter user thinks Harris will be slower now, due to the weight-gain.
This Twitter user called Harris Eddie Lacy 2.0.
This Twitter user quote tweeted a video of Harris running drills, showing he's still agile and quick, despite the weight.
This Twitter user quote tweeted a pic from Harris' Instagram showing him looking solid.
This Twitter user thinks he's bigger, faster, and stronger, and can have a repeat of success this season with a better offensive line.
This Twitter user noted that Derrick Henry was a beast at 250 lbs. and that they aren't worried about Harris' weight gain.
This Twitter user thinks Harris will be a top-three running back this year.
This Twitter user pointed out that Harris told the media he played at 240 lbs. last season.
This Twitter user thinks Harris is Derrick Henry Jr. now.
This Twitter user points out he gained all the weight in his thighs.
Whether or not the weight gain is an issue, we'll find out in time. He can become more powerful, more explosive, and stronger, or he can come back less agile and not as quick. There are reports in training camp saying that he's gotten faster.