The Athletic's Ed Bouchette "fully expects" the Steelers to draft a running back with James Conner headed into his contract year.
"I don’t think they will sign Conner to a new contract this year as he enters the final year of his rookie deal," writes Bouchette. Conner was extremely disappointing last season as the clear-cut No. 1 back following the departure of Le'Veon Bell, and injuries were the root of the problem. He just couldn't stay healthy and has missed nine games in the two years Bell hasn't been on the team. Conner's yards-per-carry average dipped from 4.5 in 2018 to a pedestrian 4.0 last year, and he scored eight fewer rushing touchdowns while averaging nearly 30 fewer rushing yards per game. Conner is going to have to stay out of the training room and on the field if he wants a big-money deal. The Steelers also need to upgrade on Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell, and Kerrith Whyte behind Conner. Mar 30 2:08 pm (EST)
- Steelers GM Kevin Colbert still views Conner (quadriceps) as a starting running back, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "We hope James can regain it," Colbert said. "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."
- Pittsburgh has ruled Conner (quadriceps) out for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site reports.
- Conner (quad) didn't practice Thursday. All James Conner News
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