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Published Thu Feb 13 1:13:00 p.m. ET 2020 
(thehuddle) Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner is still viewed as a starter by the team, and he's expected to have a bounceback season in 2020, according to general manager Kevin Colbert Thursday, Feb. 13. 'James Conner had a disappointing season in James Conner's viewpoint and ours, as well,' Colbert said. 'Our point to James was, 'You had an unfortunate year.' The year before that he was one of the best in the league.'' ... 'He's still a young player. We think there's something there. We know there's talent there. We hope James can regain it. And, if he's healthy, there's no reason he shouldn't. We don't want to say we don't have a starting running back because we feel we do.'

Analysis: Conner gained 1,470 yards from scrimmage with 13 total touchdowns during his sophomore 2018 campaign in place of then-holdout RB Le'Veon Bell. Conner regressed significantly in 2019, totaling just 715 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns in 10 games. The return of QB Ben Roethlisberger should provide a significant boost to everyone within the Steelers offense in 2020 and Conner will be a bargain RB2 at a discounted average draft position.

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