New Cardinals RB Conner Excited About His Role In 2021

The Arizona Cardinals will have a new look in their run game in the 2021 season, now that the team has signed former Steelers running back James Conner.

The team inked Conner, who was a free agent, prior to the 2021 NFL Draft. He’s played in five NFL seasons, so he’s got the experience to be a feature back.

Conner isn’t the only quality back on the roster though, as the team also has Chase Edmonds, who last season rushed for a career high 448 yards with a score. In three seasons in Arizona, Edmonds has run for 959 yards to go along with seven total rushing touchdowns.

Conner had been a solid player with the Steelers, but has issues staying on the field due to health.

Conner missed five games last season due to injury, and he sat out six games in 2019 despite rushing for 464 and four scores.

This past season, he led Pittsburgh in rushing, going for 721 yards and six touchdowns. The Steelers and Conner parted ways this last offseason, after the Steelers drafted Alabama running back Najee Harris with the 24th pick.

Conner recently appeared on “On the Fly with Lisa Matthews” on the team’s YouTube page, speaking about what he can bring to the franchise.

“I understand I can bring leadership here,” he said.

Conner is just 26 years old, so he’s got a lot of playing time left, if he can stay healthy. So far he likes what he sees out of Arizona.

“Hard-nosed football, but also get involved in the passing game as well.,” he said. “Hard-earned yards but also big explosive plays along with the other guys.”

The Cardinals have been stockpiling this offseason, and the team hopes that between Conner and Edmonds, they can thrive in the run game to help out QB Kyler Murray.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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