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James Conner has been a life saver for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season. It's hard enough replacing a player like Le'Veon Bell, but it's gotten to the point where he has fans saying "Le'Veon who?"

Not only has he kept the Steelers' offense afloat, but he's now accomplished things that even Bell hasn't.

With his seven rushing touchdowns in the team's first six games, Conner finds himself in the same conversation as Jerome "The Bus" Bettis and Franco Harris for the best start by a running back in franchise history. 

Those are Hall of Famers. And here's another one. Conner is the first Steeler with 100 rush yards and two rushing TDs in consecutive games since Bettis did so, all the way back in 1996.

Conner has played so well that even ​QB Ben Roethlisberger said the team needs to keep the back involved, even when Bell does finally return. Conner has allowed the Steelers to maintain a balanced offensive attack while having a nose for the end zone as well. 

Bell will likely regain his role as the starter when he returns, but Conner has at least made his mark with the Steelers. 

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