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Steelers All 91: RB James Conner



All 91 is a Pittsburgh Steelers Now series profiling each of the 91 members of the Steelers 2019 training camp roster.

30 • James Conner, third-year running back

Last year: Played in 13 games and made 12 starts in his second NFL season and his first as the team’s primary rusher after Le’Veon Bell never signed his contract.

Stats: Maintained his 4.5 yards per carry average from his rookie year, but did so on a much larger scaled. He had 215 carries for 973 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.

Conner also hauled in 55 passes out of 71 targets and scored one receiving touchdown.

Accolades, Highlights:

Made his first Pro Bowl in 2018. Was No. 62 on the NFL Top 100.

James Conner Lands at No. 62 on NFL Top 100

Camp outlook: The Steelers expect to have a more-balanced offense in 2019, so that will mean more from the running backs, but with the addition of Benny Snell and the team more comfortable with the play of Jaylen Samuels going into 2019, those extra carries aren’t going to be guaranteed for Conner.

Projected role: Conner will be the Steelers’ primary early-down ball carrier, at times playing in twin-tailback sets with Samuels. Third downs are less clear.

Coverage links:

James Conner not Resting after Breakout 2018

James Conner Stars In New Adidas Ad, But Remains a Reluctant Star

Double Trouble? Steelers Working Conner, Samuels Together at RB as Part of NFL-Wide Trend

James Conner Not Taking No. 1 Spot for Granted

James Conner Wins Dapper Dan Award

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