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James Conner Embraces New Role with Cardinals

Larry Rupp
Running back James Conner seems to be embracing his new role on the Arizona Cardinals.
Running back James Conner seems to be embracing his new role on the Arizona Cardinals. / Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images

James Conner has been a starting NFL running back for the last three seasons, but he seems to be taking on a different role moving forward with the Arizona Cardinals. Fortunately, the fifth-year pro is embracing it and looking forward to helping the team in any way that he can.

Conner signed with the Cardinals in free agency this offseason and joins Chase Edmonds in the backfield. After a down year with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Conner seems motivated to prove he still has what it takes to contribute. He's confident in whatever role he'll be given in Arizona.

"So I just think I can bring leadership here. Just hard-nosed football, but also get involved in the passing game as well. Hard-earned yards, but also just big explosive plays, alongside with all the other guys."

James Conner via On the Fly

Edmonds is expected to take on the majority of snaps at RB early on, but it'll be interesting to see if this backfield becomes more a committee throughout the season. No matter what, Conner gives the Cardinals a perfect insurance option if Edmonds was to ever struggle or suffer an injury.

Overall, Conner has rushed for 2,302 yards on 532 carries across 50 games played (33 starts) in his career. He has also posted at least 200 receiving yards in each of the last three seasons, which could come in handy for scrambling starting quarterback Kyler Murray.

The Cardinals have their eyes set on making the playoffs next season for the first time since 2015 and currently have odds set at +4400 to win the Super Bowl, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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