Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner is number one on the depth chart going into the season but he still doesn't see himself as a leader.
Conner said that he is just going about his business but if he needs to help out a different player he will do what he needs to do.
“It’s something that just happens,” said Conner via the Steelers team website. “I just go about my business, and when I can help someone I will. If that is a leader role, it is.”
These are interesting comments from a player who is going to be expected to be a leader at a minimum on the field. It's unclear if Conner just isn't comfortable in the role or is just used to sitting behind Le'Veon Bell but it still seems even if he doesn't realize it, he is a leader.
One player he is going to be helping adjust to the NFL is Benny Snell from Kentucky. Conner knows that depth is important in winning games and he is excited that Snell is with the Steelers.
“That is how you win games, with depth,” said Conner. “If you look around the league a lot of good teams have multiple running backs. I know he had great numbers in college. I know he can play. There will be no drop off. That is how you win games, with depth.
“We are getting to know each other, getting to know the new guys. They are great people and great players. We are getting to know each other in the meeting room, on the field, in the locker room.”
Last season Conner rushed for 215 yards and 973 yards, and 12 touchdowns.
He needs to show the rest of the guys in the room how to be successful on the field, and by default that makes him a leader.