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Carter’s Classroom: Can Conner zone out Patriots? ☕

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JAMES CONNER - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

The Steelers' ground game was a major factor in their 17-10 win against the Patriots last season, and you can expect that to be part of Mike Tomlin and Randy Fichtner's plan for the season opener on Sunday night.

Jaylen Samuels ran for 142 yards on 19 carries behind a dominant performance by the Steelers' offensive line. He was the epitome of Tomlin's "next man up" mantra in the place of James Conner. But Conner is healthy and has fresh legs to start the season. So how big can he be as the Steelers try to beat Tom Brady in Foxboro for the first time in franchise history?

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