- Height / Weight
- 6'1" / 233 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- May 5, 1995 (24)
- 3rd Season
- 2017 / Rd. 3 / Pk. 105 (PIT)
Pittsburgh Steelers running backs James Conner and Jaylen Samuels were lined up together in the backfield during Day 2 of organized team activities this week, which is a different look for their offense. Samuels had 256 rushing yards on 56 carries in his rookie season and added 199 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 26 catches as a converted tight end. Conner, who had 215 carries for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground last year, will see the bulk of the backfield touches and will be highly coveted in fantasy drafts with Le'Veon Bell out of the picture now. Samuels won't be a bad handcuff at all.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner rushed for 64 yards and added three catches for 30 yards in his team's 16-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17. Making his return to the lineup following a three-game absence due to a high-ankle sprain, Conner lost just two carries to backup Jaylen Samuels. Conner finishes his impressive 2018 season with 973 rushing yards, 55 receptions, 497 receiving yards, and 13 total touchdowns. He will be an RB1 in fantasy drafts in 2019.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (ankle) is active for Week 17's must-win game against the Bengals. It'll be Conner's first game in the last three weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain. He practiced in full last week, so he should be able to play a full complement of snaps in a must-win game. He'll have RB2 upside in an excellent matchup against Cincy's poor defense. Conner ran 19 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the first meeting with the Bengals. Rookie Jaylen Samuels only has appeal as an RB3/flex in PPR leagues with Conner back in the fold.