Thursday, November 8, 2018

James Conner Thriving in Place of Steelers Holdout Le'Veon Bell

As president of New Jersey's Epic Wealth Management, financial advisor Robert Gill oversees a team of account managers responsible for more than 800 individual client portfolios. Although he resides in New Jersey, Robert Gill is a passionate fan of the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers have been without star running back Le'Veon Bell through the first eight weeks of the 2018 regular season while he holds out from his contract, but his absence hasn't had much of an impact on the team's offense. Conversely, his replacement, James Conner, has been thriving as the team's starting running back. Selected by the Steelers in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Conner managed 144 rushing yards on 32 attempts last season and already has 9 touchdowns as well as 599 rushing yards on 127 attempts through 7 games this season. Moreover, he has 323 receiving yards on 31 catches.

Conner's play has improved as the season has progressed. In October, the 23-year-old University of Pittsburgh alumnus scored 6 touchdowns and registered a combined 526 yards from scrimmage. As a result, he was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for the first time in his career.