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|Conner has an amazing story of perseverance, but he'll need more than an inspiring story to help the Steelers in his second season. His rookie campaign was largely a wash, as the 3rd rounder played in 12 games, but had a largely uninspiring 32 carries and zero receptions. A knee injury ended his season early, and he enters 2018 in a big spot. With Bell likely in the final season with the team, Conner has to show the Steelers he has what it takes to be the heir apparent. He's apparently worked extremely hard this offseason to remake his body, and work on the weak spots in his game. By most accounts he was impressive in spring practices, and how he looks in the preseason will go a long way in determining whether he becomes someone to watch in dynasty and redraft leagues alike. He'll get all the reps in camp with Bell holding out, and if he can show he was what it takes, could be a worthy handcuff to Bell owners.
|Le'Veon Bell unlikely to play Week 1|
Wants to protect his long-term value
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 5, 2:15 pm
|Le'Veon Bell could miss significant playing time over his franchise tag.
The Pittsburgh Steelers running back is not expected to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns barring an unforeseen development, according to a source, and agent Adisa Bakari hinted Bell might be willing to wait this out longer. "He's going to do the things necessary to protect his value long-term," Bakari told NFL Live in an appearance Wednesday. Each week Bell skips, he forfeits $852,941. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Assumptions were made during the off-season that Bell would show up around Labor Day, like he did last season. That hasn't happened. His $14.5 million franchise deal remains unsigned. If he doesn't report, James Conner will be the starting running back and carry RB1/2 value into a meeting with the Browns.