Will James Conner Ever Be The #1 Guy For The Steelers?

A quick look into the future post-Bell

Matt Koll
July 19, 2018 - 11:55 am
James Conner

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- It is now assumed that Le'Veon Bell is about to spend his final season in a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform after he and the team could not reach a long-term deal by the July 16th deadline. 

Even Bell's agent Adisa Bakari said so.

Looking at this current roster, former Pitt star James Conner is the name that jumps off the page at you when trying to figure out who would replace Bell.

The Fan Morning Show wondered on Thursday: Will James Conner ever be the starting running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers for a full season? Or will they draft a running back in the early rounds to be a starter instead? 

The guys say that this camp may serve as an open tryout of sorts while Le'Veon Bell is out again. He can certainly create a situation where the Steelers trust him over whoever they draft early in 2019 for playing time. Colin doesn't know if James Conner could ever be a work-horse like Bell is but could see him being a 1st and 2nd down guy with a complimentary piece coming in on 3rd downs.

The problem is, once the season starts and Bell comes back, Conner is going to have a hard time finding playing time because you want to feed Bell the ball as much as you can while he is still here. It will be tough for him to prove himself in a real NFL game unless Bell gets hurt. 

The guys think he has it in him to carry most of the load at running back at the NFL level but he may not have the opportunity to prove it. Jim also brought up a great point about Conner's character in that if you tell him he can't do something, he's a guy that will put in the work to prove you wrong and accomplish what he wants to. 

Will the Steelers trust James Conner to take over for Le'Veon Bell once he leaves or will they draft his replacement next season? What should they do? 

You can hear The Fan Morning Show's discussion about it below. 

 

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