Conner: RB touches will ‘spread out pretty evenly’

The Pittsburgh Steelers are talking a running back by committee to presence.
What first began as a spark from GM Kevin Colbert, has become a full-blown fire as the Steelers finish up minicamp.
The latest to suggest an RBBC approach in Pittsburgh is lead-back James Conner.
“I think that it’ll be spread out fairly evenly,” Conner said Wednesday of dispersing carries in 2019, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
During coach Mike Tomlin’s career, he’s never used a running back committee. From Willie Parker to Rashard Mendenhall into Le’Veon Bell to Conner last year, he’s always employed a workhorse. This year could change.
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Colbert proposed a committee approach after the Steelers drafted Benny Snell from the fourth round. Backup Jaylen Samuels then signaled that he and Conner could see slides together. With a trio of capable backs, the time might be for the Steelers to disperse touches.
If Pittsburgh employs an RBBC, Conner would like you to know it is not because of injury concerns.
“I am durable,” Conner said. “I missed a few of games. Regardless of your body is or what shape you are in, that occurs. You know that is going to occur.”
In Conner and Samuel, the Steelers have two backs which have shown they can be effective and attract diverse skillsets into the table. Pittsburgh also loves what they have obtained in Snell. While Tomlin may have preferred to ride 1 horse in the past, he’ll employ a steady he can expect now.
Ultimately it comes down to the trainer’s comfort level.
“James’ versatility and level of conditioning will be variables in that conversation,” Tomlin said when asked about a committee approach. “We’re available to it. All folks are working hard, but there are a few additional viable guys. It’s just not a two-man talk in the running back position. I have been delighted with the advancement of this bigger body.”

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