RB James Conner - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-1, 233||Born: 5-5-1995||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2017|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Conner is not going to be a mere backup when LeVeon Bell returns from his holdout - if he does. We're still waiting for word that he has rejoined the team. Conner was masterful in the win over the Bengals and appears to be option #1 on goal to go downs.
General News (Mon Oct 15): is expected to remain involved in a committee when and if Le'Veon Bell returns, in the opinion of NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
Week 7: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
James Conner's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 6 vs CIN (19 / 111 / 2 rush, 7 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
It should be noted Conner's offensive line is great and they are getting used to Conner's running style. The Steelers offensive line is moving more towards a power running approach and Conner has responded well over the last two weeks. Overall, today could have either been an explosion day or Conner or he could have been an okay game. Luckily James Conner was still productive even with opportunities left on the field. Conner's best run of the day came on an outside play to the corner store where he was ruled down at the one-yard line. There will still be a lot of people clambering for Le'Veon Bell and saying Bell would be doing so much better for the Steelers. Bell does not possess the same toolkit James Conner has. Conner has more explosion and more contact fidelity than Bell. This offense would look very different if Le'Veon Bell were inserted back in the lineup.
2018 Week 5 vs ATL (21 / 110 / 2 rush, 4 / 4 / 75 / 0 rec)
FINALLY, James Conner's full tool kit was being utilized for the first time since Week 1. Conner came out on the first possession of the game for the Steelers touching the ball six out of seven times (five rushes and one reception) and totaled 72 yards and a touchdown. This was on the first possession alone. James Conner was showing patience between the tackles, an ability to get to the outside Le'Veon Bell may not even still possess, broke tackles consistently (12 broken tackles), and the ability to not only absorb contact to stay on his feet but also deliver blows to defenders. From the late third quarter on James Conner was getting easier runs due to his punishing style wearing down the Falcons in the first half. Like Week 1 late in the second half James Conner fumbled the ball at a crucial point in the game. Fortunately, this time Conner did not lose the fumble and the ball went out of bounds.
2018 Week 4 vs BAL (9 / 19 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Conner was stacked up at the line repeatedly by the Ravens and the game script never allowed the Steelers to be patient with the running game. His value is solely based on his receptions right now, and that should be temporary with LeVeon Bell reportedly coming back soon.
2018 Week 3 vs TB (15 / 61 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
The running lanes were there. The offensive line was getting good push and each time Conner touched the ball he was showing the ability to get to his spot quickly and turn upfield. With two minutes left in the second quarter Conner had an 18-yard reception keeping the Steelers scoring drive alive. In a close game in the fourth quarter and down three the Steelers trusted Conner to be their closer in the waning minutes. Conner had runs of 27 and 9 yards in the fourth quarter and totaled 48 yards rushing in the second half.
2018 Week 2 vs KC (8 / 17 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
The "Le'Veon Bell treatment" should now be known as the "Steelers Running Back Treatment". The name on the back of the jersey doesn't matter. If they are in the backfield they will see plenty of usage in the rushing and receiving game (even Ryan Switzer). Conner's best run of the day came after two evaded tackles on a 22-yard gain. He also had an Odell Beckham Jr. like fingertip coming down out of bounds but did draw a defensive pass interference. Most importantly, Conner seemed to have regained his for from the first three quarters of Week 1 as he finished strong and ran over two defenders to score a touchdown to start off the second half for the Steelers. After Conner's rushing touchdown in the third quarter he left the game for a full series and was replaced by Stevan Ridley. Conner was able to return to the game in the fourth quarter.
2018 Week 1 vs CLE (31 / 135 / 2 rush, 6 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
Conner drew the first start of his career and did not disappoint. To start the game Conner was used just like Le'Veon Bell would be. Conner was physical between the tackles and was consistently breaking off long gains. Conner's receiving ability was the most impressive, and improved, part of Conner's game. His versatility allowed the Steelers to move him around the formation from running back to split out wide receiver. Having the ability to stay versatile early allowed the Steelers to show different looks in the first half. The biggest blemish on Conner's resume from Week 1 was his fourth-quarter fumble allowing the Browns to get back in the game. With 36 total touches (31 carries and 5 receptions on 6 targets) in one game, the Steelers clearly trust James Conner to be their workhorse while Bell is out.
Latest NewsSteelers | James Conner to remain involved (Mon Oct 15, 08:12 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner is expected to remain involved in a committee when and if RB Le'Veon Bell returns, in the opinion of NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport. Our View: Conner has been doing an outstanding job this year for the Steelers. He has 453 rushing yards (5th highest in the NFL) and a whopping seven touchdowns (2nd most) on the ground after six games. The Steelers may want Bell out there as the lead back to get as much out of him as they can (before they lose him), but Bell first has to report to the team. Stay tuned.
link to story Steelers | James Conner minces up Cincinnati D (Sun Oct 14, 04:57 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed 19 times for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Week 6 win against the Cincinnati Bengals and he added four receptions for 18 yards on seven targets. Our View: Conner might end up as a committee back if LeVeon Bell returns this week, but he shouldn't become a backup. He might have more value than we think after the bye and shouldn't be traded pennies on the RB1 dollar he has established.
link to story Steelers | James Conner may continue to have role (Wed Oct 10, 10:26 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner hopefully will still have a solid role in the offense even when RB Le'Veon Bell returns to the team, according to QB Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger said he will push for Conner to receive playing time because he has played well this season. link to story Steelers | James Conner has big performance (Sun Oct 7, 04:57 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5. He also caught four passes for 75 yards during the game. Our View: Conner had an extra spring in his step from the first touch in this one. He should be treated as an RB1 next week against the Bengals, but who knows what will be on the other side of the Week 7 bye with Leveon Bell possibly returning.
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