Part 19 of our 90-part series— assuming the roster does not change before we are complete— which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.
He’s from [near] Pittsburgh, he went to Pitt. and now he’s your Pittsburgh Steelers starting RB:
Height: 6’ 1”
Weight: 233 lbs
Draft: 3rd round, 105rth Overall in 2017
2019 stats (Notre Dame)
464 Rushing Yards
7 Total TDs
251 Receiving yards
Expires in 2020
$1,001,572 salary cap number (0.5% of total cap)
$176,572 dead money
$825,000 cap savings if cut
Likelihood of making the roster
Lock. James Conner will again shoulder the load for the Steelers. The coaching staff has shown that when Conner is healthy, he will get the overwhelming amount of the backfield snaps. I fully expect the Pitt alum to start any game he’s healthy enough to play in the entire season.
Any time anyone writes about James Conner, the biggest concern brought up is his health. Having missed 11 games in his first three seasons, it’s definitely fair to question whether he’ll be able to make it through a full schedule. Considering the frequency the running back position misses due to injury, I would predict Conner will have to sit out at least a game or two in 2020.
That being said, the return of Big Ben and with how teams will try to defend the Steelers passing attack, I'd expect Conner to see some favorable defensive fronts to run against in 2020.
910 Rushing Yards
7 Total TDs
313 Receiving yards
2020 is a very big season for James Conner. It is a contract year, and it’s quite possibly the last season where he plays his home games in Pennsylvania. Conner recently said it would be hard to leave Pittsburgh, so he just might take a team-friendly deal and line up on the shores of the three rivers for another go-round.
Steelers’ RB James Conner, whose contract is up after this season, said it would be hard to leave Pittsburgh.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 19, 2020
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