ARIZONA CARDINALS

James Conner ready prove he can be 3-down back for Cardinals

Sep 11, 2021, 3:00 PM
James Conner #6 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball during Training Camp at State Farm Stad...
James Conner #6 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball during Training Camp at State Farm Stadium on July 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

When the Arizona Cardinals signed James Conner in the offseason, many thought he would be the bruiser of the running back room to spell starter Chase Edmonds and play a role in short yardage situations.

However, don’t tell that to Conner. The 26-year-old running back is out to prove he can be more than just a complimentary piece in the offense.

“I truly believe so,” Conner said when asked if he feels he can be a three-down back while on Big Red Rage. “Every time I go out there I try to play my best football … Feel like I’m doing everything in my power to show how good of a football player I am and what kind of teammate I am.”

Spending four NFL seasons as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Conner earned the reputation of a power back. While that distinction doesn’t bother him, he’s excited to show his chops in the Cardinals’ passing attack.

With Pittsburgh, Conner registered 124 career receptions. He was most effective in 2018, where he caught 55 passes on 71 targets for 497 yards and a touchdown.

For the most part, he was used in the screen game and was a check-down option during his time with the Steelers. Now in Arizona, he may be used just a touch differently by head coach Kliff Kingsbury as an option for quarterback Kyler Murray to throw to. Conner even saw reps in the slot during training camp.

“Now I get the opportunity to come out to the West Coast and be an Arizona Cardinal and be able to show what I can do in the pass game and continue to show what I can do in the run game,” Conner said.

Life Changer Loans

Arizona Cardinals

Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns takes off his helmet as he warms up during the Cleveland ...
Associated Press

Deshaun Watson suspension appeal ‘right thing to do,’ says Roger Goodell

Commissioner Roger Goodell said he feels the NFL needed to keep pushing for a year-long suspension for Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson.
20 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals RB Eno Benjamin runs through drills during the Red & White practice on Saturday, ...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals notebook: RB Eno Benjamin’s confidence ‘through the roof’

It's all about staying locked into the moment when Cardinals RB Eno Benjamin gets the starting nod against the Bengals on Friday.
20 hours ago
Cortez Davis #18 of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors makes an interception against Jalen Cropper #5 of t...
Jake Anderson

Arizona Cardinals sign rookie cornerback Cortez Davis

The Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday signed rookie cornerback Cortez Davis, adding depth to a highly-competitive position battle.
20 hours ago
The Cincinnati Bengals announced Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, that Paul Brown Stadium will be called Payc...
Associated Press

Cardinals visit Bengals on Friday at renamed Paycor Stadium

The home of the Cincinnati Bengals will no longer carry the name of team founder and NFL pioneer Paul Brown.
20 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals' Marco Wilson runs drills during the NFL football team's training camp at State F...
Arizona Sports

Marco Wilson knows he’s earned nothing in Cardinals’ CB rotation

Arizona Cardinals second-year pro Marco Wilson is aware that relative success his rookie year hasn't cemented his place as the No. 2 corner.
20 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals CB Antonio Hamilton runs during training camp on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Glendal...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals notebook: Antonio Hamilton continues to gain his peers’ respect

It's still relatively early on in camp, but one name that's been talked about more and more with every Cardinals practice is Antonio Hamilton.
2 days ago
James Conner ready prove he can be 3-down back for Cardinals