NFL Draft: Post-Bell, more running backs needed


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Steelers running back James Conner -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Unlike the previous two seasons, the Steelers finally have some clarity in the Le'Veon Bell situation. They know he won't be showing up at any point in the 2019 season after he signed with the Jets as a free agent.

With that torrid chapter of the franchise's history behind them, they can concentrate on building their backfield around James Conner.

With Bell a holdout in 2018, Conner took the reins and put together a Pro Bowl year in just his second NFL season, rushing for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns in 13 games.

But Conner missed three games late in the season with an ankle injury, turning things over to Stevan Ridley and rookie Jaylen Samuels. Samuels rushed for 256 yards on 56 carries as a rookie -- including 142 on 19 carries in a win over the Patriots -- but Ridley wasn't retained in free agency.

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