College: Pittsburgh | 4 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 233 lbs
Birth Date: 5/5/1995
2020 Bye Week: 8
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 RB
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Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner could be playing his final year with the club in 2020, according to Cody Flavell of Sports Illustrated. With Conner's health seemingly always in question for one reason or another and the organization looking to save cash for other signings beyond the season, Flavell believes Pittsburgh may not be willing to give the 25-year-old the money required to retain his services. Conner finished 2019 with 464 yards and four touchdowns and battled a shoulder issue that relegated him to only 10 games. While the return of Ben Roethlisberger could open up the run game throughout the season, the fourth-year man could see a slightly reduced workload after the team drafted Anthony McFarland Jr. in the NFL Draft during the offseason.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner isn't worried about how many carries he gets heading into the 2020 season. Head coach Mike Tomlin has historically leaned heavily on a single back during his time in Pittsburgh but there have been some questions as to whether he will do so in 2020 considering Conner's injury history. Conner told reporters that he expects the Steelers to run the ball better this upcoming season. "We need to establish our run game first and foremost," he told reporters. Conner will open the season as the team's No. 1 running back and he could wind up as a value in fantasy drafts if he's able to turn in a full 16-game season.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner, who is a cancer survivor, isn't worried about COVID-19 when teams eventually return to the field prior to the 2020 season. "I'm 100%," Conner said. "I had a weak immune system four years ago. It's not weak anymore, thank God. I'm OK. I'm young and healthy. I went through what I went through." The 25-year-old had Stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015 and was declared cancer-free in May of 2016. Conner was a Pro Bowler in 2018, but he's played in just 37 games in his three seasons because of injuries and just isn't reliable as an RB1 because of that. The Steelers could also choose to spread out the carries more to keep Conner healthy in 2020, which would obviously hurt his overall upside. Draft him as a low-end RB2 with upside for more if he can just stay on the field.
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.'
Fantasy Spin: 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.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner is set to become a free agent following the completion of the 2020 season. His future with the team beyond this year is murky at best, although that can't be blamed on Conner. When asked about his contract status, Conner stated, "It would be hard to (imagine playing anywhere but Pittsburgh)," and then went on to say, "It would be hard. I'm Pittsburgh through and through." Conner's production on the field has never been in question but he has struggled to stay healthy, having yet to turn in a full 16-game season in his three-year career. Conner is setting up as a nice value in fantasy drafts, although there is plenty of injury risk baked in for those fantasy drafters who choose to roster him. For what it's worth, head coach Mike Tomlin stated last week that he still views Conner as a "featured runner", meaning the Steelers could lean heavily on him as their workhorse back in 2020.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that he wants running back James Conner to return to a "featured runner" role in 2020. Conner operated, and thrived in that role in 2018 and was set to do so again in 2019 before suffering through a variety of injuries that limited him to 10 games. With much of the NFL going to a committee approach at the running back position, Mike Tomlin stills prefers to lean on a lead back. While addressing the RB position to the media on Thursday, Tomlin stated, Im a featured-runner type guy by mentality." The Steelers used a fourth-round pick on Maryland running back Anthony McFarland Jr. and still have second-year runner Benny Snell Jr. around, but the lead role appears to be Conner's when the season opens. Conner could have a low-end RB1 season left in him for fantasy purposes if he can stay on the field this season, making him a solid value in drafts.
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.'
Fantasy Spin: 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.
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.
Fantasy Spin: 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.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to "cut back" running back James Conner's carries in the 2020 season, in the opinion of The Athletic's Ed Bouchette. Conner remains atop the team's running back depth chart, but he has a lot to prove this year after playing in just 10 games in 2019 due to injuries. He ran the ball 116 times for 464 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and four touchdowns. Conner made the Pro Bowl in 2018, but he hasn't played a full season in his three years and remains a big injury concern for the Steelers and fantasy owners alike. The team has options with Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell Jr. and Kerrith Whyte, and rookie Anthony McFarland Jr. will be intriguing to watch as well. Conner must stay healthy and produce to keep the lion's share of the workload in 2020.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner seemingly acknowledged the rumblings concerning his standing with the franchise by posting a photo of himself on Instagram with a caption reading "they talkin like it's my last dance." Speculation concerning Conner's future with the organization came after the team selected Maryland running back Anthony McFarland in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. However, according to general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin, the move stemmed from a desire to improve the team's rushing attack this season by adding depth. The 24-year-old, who will be playing in the final season of a rookie deal, appeared in just 10 games in 2019 after battling a shoulder injury. With only four touchdowns last season, an eight score reduction from the year prior, Conner will have extra incentive to produce and stay healthy if he is looking to earn big money moving ahead.
The Pittsburgh Steelers took Maryland running back Anthony McFarland Jr. with the No. 124 overall pick in the fourth round. McFarland shows instant acceleration and natural elusiveness out of the backfield at 5-foot-8, 208 pounds. He can pick up big chunk gains out in space because he's quick and elusive, and he'll bring an added element to Pittsburgh's running back room alongside James Conner and Jaylen Samuels. With Conner's recent injury history, McFarland could see more playing time than expected in his rookie season in 2020.
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.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to draft a running back this year with James Conner headed into his contract season. The Athletic's Ed Bouchette doesn't think that the Steelers will give Conner a new deal before the start of the 2020 season, so he'll have to prove his worth and stay healthy to remain with the organization beyond the upcoming season. The 24-year-old has RB1 potential when he's on the field, but he just hasn't been able to stay healthy consistently since he took over the lead-back role from Le'Veon Bell. Conner played in just 10 games in 2019, rushing 116 times for 464 yards (career-low 4.0 yards per carry) and four touchdowns. He could bounce back with better health and a full season with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger under center, but fantasy owners will take more caution when drafting Conner as more of an RB2 this year.
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.'
Fantasy Spin: 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.