James Conner named AFC offensive player of the week

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Le’Veon who?

Steelers running back James Conner, the fill-in for unsigned starter Le'Veon Bell, is showing with each passing week that he’s more than capable of filling Bell’s shoes. And today he’s been honored for his latest impressive performance.

The NFL named Conner the AFC’s offensive player of the week after he went off for 212 total yards in a win over the Browns.

Conner is now on pace to finish this season with 1,369 rushing yards, 738 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. Bell finished last season with 1,291 rushing yards, 655 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns.

18 responses to “James Conner named AFC offensive player of the week

  1. I dont think he will have those stats against the Ravens on Sunday. Good for him though, making the best of his opportunities.

  2. Ravens fan here. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Adios Le’Veon. Your services are no longer required.

  3. So in other words, Conner is producing on Bell’s level at a fraction of the cost. Well played Leveon. I’m sure this is playing out just as you hoped it would. My advice to you Pittsurgh – If and when this dude shows up, don’t use Bell in the regular season. If he wants to put up #s to impress his next team, let him do it in the playoffs.

  4. What makes no sense to me is why Le’Veon Bell would allow another running back to step in and show that Bell’s success was a result of the system. He was worried about workload? I would have thought he would have wanted the ball as much as he could get it. If he finished the season with 2500 scrimmage yards, some team surely would have paid him what he wanted. Now, it’s not likely.

  5. I guess everyone forgot about Desean Watson’s 5 TD 0 INT game because it was on a Thursday? Dude had more TDs than incompletions…. with a collapsed lung by the way…..

  6. Bell is a better playmaker, but Conner is possibly a better every-down back. He’s a more traditional runner and he’s shown he can contribute in the passing game as well (though he’s possibly targeted a bit too much there). He’s definitely having a nice season, but I wouldn’t pin my hopes on him in a playoff game.
    The Ravens will be a much bigger test. Even if they decide to have Joe Flacco throw it 45 times for no good reason.

  7. As a Pittsburgh fan I have no problem saying that this award should have gone to Deshaun Watson. If he played Sunday instead of Thursday I think this turns out differently, which just reinforces how ridiculous these weekly awards are.

    I’m happy Conner is playing at an all-pro level but, as may be the case with Le’Veon, maybe the O-Line here is the real reason?

  8. Now that the Steelers cannot trade LeVeon, they should simply withdraw the franchise tag offer and cut him before he signs it. There is no way that they are going to get enough value out of him for the remainder of the year to justify either the salary or the disruption to the team.

  9. People aren’t understanding that Bell played out his contract. I don’t think anyone would want to be franchise tagged two years in the row, the risk outweighs the reward. From a teammate and NFL culture perspective, guys don’t typically talk about what another player makes. They’re all in this game together and understand there’s a life after football, so generally, people are trying to cash in as much as they can. There are few industries that demand as much on your body and are as short. I grew up with several people whose parents played professionally and to see the toll it took on their body was extremely sad. I think everyone could agree that they want security in their job. Why can’t Bell lobby for the same and ultimately force change?

  10. “8to80texansblog says:
    October 31, 2018 at 9:53 am

    I guess everyone forgot about Desean Watson’s 5 TD 0 INT game because it was on a Thursday? Dude had more TDs than incompletions…. with a collapsed lung by the way…..”

    Nobody forgot (heck, I was there), but there’s no need to take away from Conner’s accomplishment.

    I was at the game enj

  11. .
    The thing about the Steelers is that if you put eight in the box to stop the run, you’ll be looking at Antonio Brown’s taillights.
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  12. This makes me laugh because it shows how badly Bell has miscalculated his value to the team. It doesn’t seem like they even miss him now. So what team is going to give a ton of money to a me-first guy with a propensity for getting suspended and disappearing in the playoffs. I think the Steelers should just keep him off the 53-man roster for games whenever he does return and be done with him. I’m sure Bell will whine about that too.

  13. I realize that people, myself included, have soured on Bell. And am very glad that Conner is doing so well. But please stop with comparisons of the two. When playing, Bell is the best RB in the nfl by a wide margin.

  14. crownofthehelmet says:
    October 31, 2018 at 11:25 am
    I realize that people, myself included, have soured on Bell. And am very glad that Conner is doing so well. But please stop with comparisons of the two. When playing, Bell is the best RB in the nfl by a wide margin
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    By a wide margin? I don’t think so. Anyway, we will find out in the off season how much the “best by a wide margin” gets paid. He won’t get close to Gurley money. He has very much overplayed his hand.

  15. The Steelers are playing better & in 1st place, but they don’t have a quality win yet. With games against NO, Car, NE, LAC & Balt. You’ll see how good they really are. Conner’s story is great & it’s awesome to see a guy overcome as much as he has & still play @ a high level. But I have a feeling that come the stretch run against these tough opponents, Steeler fans are going to wish they had bell. Plus, the Steelers have been virtually injury free all year, heaven for bid if somebody on that offense gets hurt.

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