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RB James Conner - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-1, 233Born: 5-5-1995College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 3

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Week 3: at Chicago Bears

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. LeVeon Bell has yet to get on track in 2017, and it can't really be blamed on matchups. He was shut down in Week 1 by the Browns, the league's second-worst run defense in 2016, and the defense that just allowed the Ravens' Buck Allen and Alex Collins to run semi-wild. And in Week 2, Bell managed just 87 yards on 27 rushes against the Vikings, who had allowed 7 of their previous 11 opponents to run for 100 yards or more. It's great news that his volume is back in place, but we've still yet to see any dynamism in 2017. The eruption could well be coming - he's as healthy as he's ever been, and he still runs behind a stout offensive line. But following his extended holdout, expectations should be tempered a bit until we see his trademark explosiveness. We also have to monitor the health of the Steelers' front line this week; both tackles left last Sunday's game with various heat and cramping issues. The Bears' much-improved run defense was again on display in Week 2. Despite the game script of a 22-point loss, they allowed the Buccaneers' running backs just 3.52 yards per rush, with only 1 gain of more than 10 yards. The losses of linebackers Jerrell Freeman and Nick Kwiatkoski weren't felt much, thanks in large part to the play of special-teamer Christian Jones. This should be taken with a grain of salt; the Bears were horrid against the run in 2016, allowing an average of 153.1 yards over their final 7 games. But there's plenty of reason for optimism. Nose tackle Eddie Goldman has emerged of something of a force in the middle, freeing up their linebackers to make plays in pursuit.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at CLE 8 4 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.1
2 vs MIN 4 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.9
3 at CHI PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * 0 * * * *
3 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * 0 * * * *
3 at CHI PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 1 vs CLE (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

James Conner entered the game during the Steelers 3rd offensive possession but did not make an impact with his first two rushes. Late 3rd quarter, Conner was in to start his second series of the game by running up the middle for a 5-yard gain. He didn't have any success the rest of that possession.


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