Seems, particularly at the present time, working backs don’t like to listen to that they’ll’t catch. And even have it recommended that they have been as soon as not nice at it. As a result of Alabama working again Najee Harris lately ripped into draft analyst Todd McShay a bit for his scouting report through which he indicated that he confirmed enchancment within the passing sport this previous season.
Harris’ following remarks got here whereas showing as a visitor on Adam Schefter’s podcast, throughout which he learn McShay’s scouting report and requested what he considered it. “I believe that he may kiss my ass”, he stated, which isn’t an ideal begin. “How is he gonna say that he noticed higher manufacturing in my passing potential?”.
“I didn’t have a chance to indicate I may catch. It’s not as a result of I can’t, it’s as a result of I wasn’t within the sport to indicate folks I may catch”, Harris argued, noting that he didn’t get many alternatives to play in passing conditions (or in any other case) in Alabama’s offense throughout his first two seasons. “So let’s simply cease a stat sheet and watch the sport”.
“Junior yr, I had extra alternatives. I led the nation in receiving touchdowns as a working again”, he famous. “Why is that? Nicely, perhaps as a result of I acquired extra alternatives to catch the ball. You don’t must go the ball to a working again in case you have [Jerry] Jeudy, first-rounder, [Henry] Ruggs, first-rounder, [DeVonta Smith], first-rounder, [Jaylen] Waddle, first-rounder. What do that you must go the ball to a working again for?”.
Jeudy and Ruggs have been each first-round picks final yr, by the Denver Broncos and the Las Vegas Raiders, respectively, two of Alabama’s prime two extensive receivers. Their different two prime receivers, Smith and Waddle, are popping out this yr, and each are anticipated to be first-round picks as nicely.
“It’s not as a result of I can’t catch. It’s as a result of I by no means had the chance to catch”, Harris re-emphasized. “Now, subsequent yr, senior yr, I’m used extra within the go sport as a result of Ruggs and Jeudy left, so now my position steps up within the go sport, and likewise working sport, and likewise go blocking, as a result of there’s no person on the sting actually apart from the 2 guys we acquired”.
Harris caught 43 passes final season for the Crimson Tide for 425 yards with 4 receiving touchdowns. The yr earlier than that, he caught 27 passes for 304 yards and had seven receiving touchdowns. By the way in which, he additionally had 39 dashing touchdowns throughout these two seasons, so he’s fairly good at scoring typically.