Posted: 6/02/2020 8:28 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner said Tuesday, June 2, he won't be keeping track of how many carries he gets in 2020. 'It's our job to be at our best no matter how many carries,' Conner said, via Ed Bouchette of TheAthletic.com. 'We got to start fast, we have to hit first as a back. That's what I'm going to take pride in this year, just to start fast, whether I'm the guy, however this year works. I said the goal is to win. We need to be ready at all times. Can't warm up to it. That's our slogan, that's what we've been saying: 'Can't warm up to it.' I'm not really paying attention to how many carries I need, I don't really believe in that.'
Huddle Up: Conner projects to lead a backfield including Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell Jr. and rookie Anthony McFarland Jr. The 25-year-old was named to the Pro Bowl in 2018 after racking up 973 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 215 carries while adding 497 yards and one more score as a pass-catcher. He took a step back in 2019 while battling injuries and finished with 715 yards from scrimmage with seven total scores. He'll be a high-end RB2 if healthier this season, even if he does share the workload more than he did in 2018.
Posted: 5/15/2020 2:02 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner will remain the featured back in 2020, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. 'James is a featured guy and proven runner when healthy,' Tomlin said. 'We're excited about him getting back to health and displaying that in 2020. Benny Snell is a guy that is capable of being a featured runner who plays with a physical style in a similar manner to James. He's capable of being a James-type of guy if James is unavailable.'
Huddle Up: Conner is a physical runner that has had the propensity for injury. They have plenty of backs that can lighten the load via the air, which makes Conner a more attractive RB2 in non-PPR formats.
Posted: 5/03/2020 1:03 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner will likely have his carries 'cut back' in order to keep him healthy and to utilize other backs more frequently, according to Ed Bouchette of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: Conner has battled multiple injures since taking over as the starter in 2018, and he missed six games last year while averaging just 4.0 yards per carry. He should still be the lead back, but a workhorse role seems unlikely. Don't count on him being more than a low-end RB2.
Posted: 4/05/2020 9:46 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner broke a tackle once only every 23.2 rush attempts last season. In 2018, he broke a tackle once every 10.8 carries.
Posted: 2/13/2020 9:13 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner is still viewed as a starter by the team, and he's expected to have a bounceback season in 2020, according to general manager Kevin Colbert Thursday, Feb. 13. 'James Conner had a disappointing season in James Conner's viewpoint and ours, as well,' Colbert said. 'Our point to James was, 'You had an unfortunate year.' The year before that he was one of the best in the league.'' ... 'He's still a young player. We think there's something there. We know there's talent there. We hope James can regain it. And, if he's healthy, there's no reason he shouldn't. We don't want to say we don't have a starting running back because we feel we do.'
Huddle Up: Conner gained 1,470 yards from scrimmage with 13 total touchdowns during his sophomore 2018 campaign in place of then-holdout RB Le'Veon Bell. Conner regressed significantly in 2019, totaling just 715 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns in 10 games. The return of QB Ben Roethlisberger should provide a significant boost to everyone within the Steelers offense in 2020 and Conner will be a bargain RB2 at a discounted average draft position.
Posted: 12/27/2019 7:48 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (quadriceps) on Friday, Dec. 27, was ruled out of the team's Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Conner's disappointing, injury-wracked regular season will end on a down note as he'll miss his sixth game of the season. Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell and Kerrith Whyte are expected to head the Steelers' backfield Sunday but none are particularly intriguing options.
Posted: 12/26/2019 9:18 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (quadriceps) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: It appears like Conner may not be able to play in the Week 17 game, but fantasy players can monitor the situation. Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell and Kerrith Whyte likely will all receive touches if Conner is ruled out but none of the backs are must-start options.
Posted: 12/25/2019 9:25 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (quadriceps) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: Conner's status for Week 17 is uncertain at this point, so fantasy players should monitor his status over the next few days. Fantasy players may want to consider other options for their lineups because Conner may see limited work if he plays.
Posted: 12/24/2019 6:08 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner's (thigh) availability is very much in question for Week 17, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Benny Snell would likely see the bulk of the work against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have nothing to play for with the top seed secured, and they could rest a lot of regulars. Snell would be a flex option if Conner sits.
Posted: 12/23/2019 6:39 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (quad) is awaiting the results of an MRI on the quad injury he suffered on his final carry of Week 16.
Huddle Up: It's been a season to forget for Conner, who has sustained a handful of injuries to various body parts. Owners should consider him unlikely to play in Week 17 against the Baltimore Ravens, leaving Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell and Kerrith Whyte Jr. to split the workload once again if Conner is ultimately ruled out.