Before becoming a perennial All-Pro player with the Seattle Seahawks, former running back Marshawn Lynch had humble beginnings with the Buffalo Bills. When reviewing his numbers from his first 36 games of their respective NFL careers, they look very similar to current Steelers running back Najee Harris.
Fanduel, one of the biggest online gambling companies in the world, provides some insight into their similarities in a post they revealed on Twitter a couple of days ago. When reviewing their numbers after 36 games, both have posted seemingly equal numbers in each category. What should be noted is that Harris, at this point in his career, exceeds Lynch in almost each category, with the exception of total yards and yards per carry.
Though it may not seem like it, Harris is trending in the right direction. Considering the issues he and others have encountered in Matt Canada's system, one would imagine how much better he could be if he was in a system that helped accentuate his strengths.
The main theme suggested in this post was patience. In the case of Lynch, he blossomed into one of the most productive running backs of the 2010s decade after being traded from the Bills, leading the Seahawks to two Super Bowl appearances, winning one in 2013. The last thing the Steelers fanbase would want to see is Harris reach his full potential on a different team.
Like the offense itself, Harris is also looking for the right ingredients that will help him become successful. Though it might take a little more time, the end result could be worth the wait.