In his press convention after coaching camp at this time, Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin praised undrafted operating again Jaylen Warren, who impressed throughout backs on backers at this time.
“He has an appetite for the competition, that’s a good thing,” Tomlin mentioned. “He’s learning and learning fast. I think the most significant thing that has captured my attention is that he seems really comfortable in these waters from a competition standpoint.”
With Jeremy McNichols out at this time, Warren was given an opportunity to step up. Alex Kozora reported he was one of the standouts during backs on backers, and Tomlin was clearly impressed with what he noticed out of the again from Oklahoma State.
The Steelers want somebody within the operating again room to step up as a dependable various to Najee Harris to assist cut back the tread on his tires and decrease his workload. When Pittsburgh signed McNichols, it was anticipated that he or Benny Snell Jr. may very well be that man. Warren’s toughness and work ethic has all the time garnered reward, and regardless of his small stature at 5’8″, Warren runs laborious and embraces contact.
To me, that appears like a Pittsburgh Steelers operating again. Warren nonetheless has an uphill path to make the roster, but when he can maintain impressing the workers he’s a man I wish to see on the 53-man roster.
Depending on the severity of McNichols’ damage, Warren might see a rise in alternatives. With Harris additionally leaving observe at this time with an damage (fortunately one which doesn’t seem severe), Pittsburgh may very well be cautious with him within the coming days which might open the door for Warren to proceed to get reps.
Warren’s been a participant who has all the time been missed. He performed at three totally different faculties and opened the season because the third-string operating again on Oklahoma State’s depth chart earlier than turning into an All-Big 12 participant and group captain. Given his historical past, I’d be keen to wager he’s actually embracing the lengthy odds he at present has to crack the 53-man roster and needs to go above and past to point out Pittsburgh he’s able to doing so.
Warren additionally confirmed extra as a blocker than fellow UDFA Mateao Durant in faculty and would most likely present extra in that side of his recreation than somebody like Anthony McFarland. The method he runs and embraces contact is analogous in a technique to Harris, however he’s not as superior as a runner but. He’s the kind of participant although that with sufficient growth might most likely carve out a pleasant function for himself within the NFL.
Let’s see if Warren can maintain making performs and impressing Tomlin and the remainder of the teaching workers as camp continues.