One year ago, running back Jaylen Warren came to the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent. In a short period of time, Warren performed at a level rarely seen in undrafted players. His performance last year resulted in him being recognized by several analysts, the latest being New York lawyer and writer Jared Dubin of CBS Sports.
In his latest piece on potential breakout players for each NFL team this season, Dubin identified Warren as that player.
Despite having a shorter workload last season, Dubin noted that he beat starting running back Najee Harris in almost every run-based metric last season.
"Warren averaged 4.9 yards per carry and more than two targets per game last season despite playing only 31% of Pittsburgh's offensive snaps. Warren also bested Harris in yards after contact per attempt, avoided tackle rate, explosive run rate, negative run rate and success rate."
Dubin also suggested the Steelers employ a running back by committee system if Warren's efficiency remains higher than Harris this season.
" If he remains the more efficient back than Harris, the Steelers should make this more of a committee backfield."
Last season, Warren finished with 379 rushing yards on 77 carries and 28 receptions for 214 yards, with an impressive catch percentage of 84.8.