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Will James Conner’s running style cause him to be injury prone?

Discussion in 'Steelers Talk' started by VTSteelerfan, Oct 25, 2019.

  1. VTSteelerfan

    VTSteelerfan Well-Known Member

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  2. steel machine

    steel machine Well-Known Member

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    Sort of damned if you do, damned if you don't. Being a running back is a crap shoot in the NFL. Some have short career's and a few have longer ones. Bettis had a nice career and he played smash mouth a lot of the time.

    I think Conner can be great for the Steelers but that injury bug is the nastiest bug in the world. I was amazed Troy P. didn't miss huge chunks of seasons the way he flew all over the place.
     
  3. bigbenhotness

    bigbenhotness Well-Known Member

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    JC looks like he gets limps every other play. I am serious lol
     
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  4. The Glory Days

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    Troy DID miss a lot of time. Only played 6 full seasons out of 12. 158 out of 192 possible games. Almost 20% of his career was lost to injury.

    JC doesn't have a unique running style that lends itself to injury. He's just not the most durable, unfortunately.

    Troy was injured most of the time BECAUSE OF his playing style. JC is not.
     
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  5. SteelAU

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    Beg to disagree. Conner does have a running style that I would call 'take no prisoners' style. He lifts his legs, flips depending how he is hit, uses his thighs to bounce off tacklers, and sometimes comes down awkward.

    He is injury prone by how he does not protect himself with body control. You can run over someone, but keep balance, and protecting yourself. Conner doesn't do that. I think we have seen him land funny or kick his legs out, twist his upper body, just to keep moving.

    That is not the way to last long in this league. And so far, he is proving to not be game in game out, injury proof.
     
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  6. Steel Hog

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    He's doing fine, leave him alone.(•‿•)
     
  7. StillCurtain

    StillCurtain Well-Known Member

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    He definitely a hard runner. Not much flexibility to him and a bit undersized for being the brawler he is.
     
  8. Jammasterc

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    Bigger holes and the big guys don’t get to hit you.
     
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  9. The Glory Days

    The Glory Days Well-Known Member

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    I got hit by a big guy once. And it was related to a big hole. He seemed to think it belonged to him. I seemed to think that since a lot had ran through it, it was the thing to do. :shrug:
     
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  10. SteelersForLife8810

    SteelersForLife8810 Well-Known Member

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    it seems to me that RBs are fairly replaceable and ultimately all that matters these days is your O-line because they're the ones either opening holes big enough for anyone to run through or not...
     
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  11. Wardismvp

    Wardismvp Well-Known Member

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    JC needs to run lower lower his pads so
    he doesn't take big hits.
     
  12. shaner82

    shaner82 Well-Known Member

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    All RB's take a lot of hits. Some guys are just injury prone. It's looking like Connor is very injury prone. Tomlin can't feed him 20+ times per game, Connor just can't take it. Now I understand that some of our other RB's are injured too, so that's a bit of a problem.
     
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  13. SteelerJJ

    SteelerJJ Well-Known Member

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    He did slide once last night. Some players are just more prone to injuries.
     
  14. Steel Hog

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    He had a great game last night. But he/we paid for it. Hope he is not out long.
     
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  15. Roonatic

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    Connor likes & looks for contact. Here comes the mini bus.
     
  16. SteelersForLife8810

    SteelersForLife8810 Well-Known Member

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    now we just need to fatten him up
     
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  17. jeh1856

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    This made me think of that bus that fell in the sink hole yesterday.
     
  18. jeh1856

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    Actually I was surprised when he took a slide last night.
     
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  19. SteelersForLife8810

    SteelersForLife8810 Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]
     
  20. Roonatic

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    Looks like Connor on Mondays.
     
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  21. The Sodfather

    The Sodfather Well-Known Member

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    This.

    He does not run with a great deal of body lean, takes a lot of glancing hits.
     
  22. Hanratty#5

    Hanratty#5 Well-Known Member

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    Don't panic if Conner is out for a while, Stevan Ridley is still available. lol
     
  23. Da Stellars

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    I hope we draft a rb next year, plenty of room for another.
     
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  24. The Glory Days

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    That's what it felt like. :hehehe:
     
  25. Daddymac10

    Daddymac10 Well-Known Member

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    His style warrants him an accident waiting to happen ...he's gotta be smarter than that
     

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