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Mike Tomlin Says Newly Promoted RB Josh Harris Is ‘Deserving Of An Opportunity’

The Pittsburgh Steelers promoted rookie undrafted running back Josh Harris from their practice squad to their 53 man roster following the waiving Tuesday of running back LeGarrette Blount and on Wednesday head coach Mike Tomlin was asked to talk about what the Wake Forest product brings to the table.

“Inside stadiums I don’t have much to draw from, but I do like his attention to detail and how he’s worked out here,” said Tomlin of Harris. “He’s a young guy that’s worked hard that’s deserving of an opportunity and we’ll give him that.”

Tomlin also said Wednesday that there are currently no plans to bring another running back so that means Harris and fellow rookie running back Dri Archer will more than likely backup starter Le’Veon Bell when the Steelers host the New Orleans Saints following the bye week.

So far this season, Archer has carried the ball eight times for 41 yards and caught five passes for another four yards and Tomlin was asked Wednesday to talk about what impressions he has so far of the third-round draft pick after 11 games.

“Not much, but he’s a young guy that’s got some talent and obviously this might create an opportunity for him to ascend within the group,” said Tomlin. “He’s worked hard, we’ll see where he is.”

Bell had a career-high 33 rushing attempts Monday night in the win over the Tennessee Titans and by the sound of things, the Steelers will continue to lean heavily on him with Blount now gone. Tomlin was asked Wednesday if he’s concerned about Bell possibly having to shoulder most of the carries moving forward into the final five games of the season.

“Not at all,” he said.

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