Conner Has Another Big Game

RB says 'I just love what I do'

Jeff Hathhorn
October 28, 2018 - 7:12 pm

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – While Le’Veon Bell waits, James Conner continues to produce, 146 yards rushing and another 66 receiving with a pair of touchdowns in the 33-18 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

“James Conner is a heck of a football player,” said captain Cam Heyward.  “We know he’s a home grown boy.  He represents the city well.  Once he got that momentum and started (carrying) that rock.  We knew we had the win.”

It was slow going early, Conner rushing for just 33 yards on 10 attempts in the first half.

“Just having patience,” Conner said of dealing with the start.  “Things aren’t going to go our way the whole game.  We just wanted to stay at it, stay focused and locked in.  We knew splash plays were on the way.”

And he was right, during a 75 yard drive to gain a two score lead, Conner rushed for 60 of those yards including a 30-yard spinning, bulldozing effort and a 12 yard touchdown.

“It’s the love of the game, Conner said.  “Just doing what I love to do.  Just trying to be in the right spots for Ben with the check-downs in the passing game, and just trying to put the ball in the right spots in the runs game.  The passion and energy just came out—just doing what I love to do.”

“To be completely honest with you, he just has a focus about him,” said offensive lineman Ramon Foster.  “He wants to be good.  He wants to be that guy.  You can tell it’s in him.  I enjoy watching him because he runs with a passion that is out of this world.”

“James Conner is an offensive line favorite in every aspect of football,” said offensive lineman Al Villanueva.  “From personality, to an appreciation for the game, the way he plays the game.  So it’s going to be really fun if Conner keeps playing the way he is.”

Conner became the fourth Steelers player to rush for at least 100 yards and one touchdown in three straight games.  He joins Franco Harris, Jerome Bettis and Barry Foster, two of those have a bust in Canton.

“He’s a good friend of mine and I know everything he went through,” said Stephon Tuitt.  “I feel his runs when he runs and I’m a big fan of it.”

Head coach Mike Tomlin was asked if he expected this from Conner when the Steelers drafted him out of Pitt two years ago.

“Yes,” Tomlin said.  “I had a front row seat for his college exploits, so not that we are surprised by his talents, play demeanor or his displays of will.  It’s pretty impressive.”