Conner excited to contribute to a team ‘on the rise’ in Arizona

‘I feel accepted. I feel like they believe in me’
James Conner at Steelers practice
James Conner Photo credit Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Former Steelers running back James Conner said it was God’s plan to ending up a one year deal with the Arizona as Conner said he’s excited to contribute to a team on the rise.

“I feel brand new,” Conner said Tuesday.  “I’m excited for this opportunity.  It’s definitely a change in scenery.  I had been in Pittsburgh for 8 years.  I was learning so many lessons.  That time in Pittsburgh was prepping for where I’m at right now.  I’m excited to be in this red.  I’m truly excited.  It’s a blessing.”

Conner said he was not promised any role.  He raved about the talent already in the Cardinals running back room, specifically Chase Edmunds.

“I can guarantee I will come in and work day in and day out,” Conner said, adding it’s an explosive offense he’s joining.  “Put my head down and grind.”

The four-year Steeler also reunited with running backs coach James Saxon, who went to the Cardinals last year.

“It was awesome to link back up with Coach Sax,” Conner said.  “He was always more than a coach to me.  Talked about what he expected and put it all up front.”

Conner rushed for 2,302 yards, 124 receptions for 963 yards receiving and 26 combined touchdowns with the Steelers, but it didn’t feel like through everything there was a desire for either side to continue the relationship.

“Pittsburgh, my time there was great,” Conner said.  “Through the University, the Steelers, now I get to come out here.  This is my vibe.  I love the sun.  The opportunity to come out here and live in AZ.   Football comes first and to learn from these veterans.  I’m looking forward to it all.”

“I’m looking forward to the change, not a desire to leave.  I feel like this is an opportunity for me to grow, to meet new people, to see this side of the world.”

Conner missed 14 games in Pittsburgh due to injury and hurt this off-season having surgery on his toe following an ATV accident.  The Pitt All-American said it wasn’t a big deal and he’s ‘ready to roll’.

If there was something that stool out about the nine minutes Conner answered questions from the Cardinals beat reporters.  It’s he didn’t feel appreciated for what he did with the Steelers.

“I feel accepted,” Conner said of signing in Phoenix.  “I feel like they believe in me.”