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Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that he was encouraged by the performance of the rookie running back Jaylen Warren in his first professional appearance on NFL ground, but not for the reasons any fan might think.
Warren’s stat line was not spectacular.
He had seven rushing yards on three carries. He was also once targeted by quarterback Michelle Trubisky in the team’s overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
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So, why was Tomlin looking on the bright side?
“He didn’t pee in his leg and that’s a great place to start,” Tomlin told reporters. “And it’s capable of being for a young boy, but I think it’s his sign in this whole process and that’s why he’s gone from a clueless guy to a guy who’s made a role for himself.” Used to be.
“Because at no point in the development of the team did he show that the conditions were too big for him. He was competitive, and he was being competitive. He was on Sunday, great for him and good for us.”
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Warren was a standout at Utah State and Oklahoma State during his collegiate career.
He spent two seasons with the Aggies before relocating to Oklahoma State. He had 821 rushing yards and eight touchdowns at Utah State and 1,216 yards and 11 touchdowns in his single season with the Cowboys.
Warren found himself with the Steelers after the draft provided depth behind Nazi Harris.
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Harris suffered a leg injury in the first week, but is expected to play against the New England Patriots in the second week.