Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin is well-acquainted with James Conner, a former player drafted by the Steelers who spent four years with the team.
Conner, originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, played college football at the University of Pittsburgh before being drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Tomlin anticipates that Conner's return to Western Pennsylvania will bring out his best performance as he faces the Steelers as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
The Steelers are gearing up to face Conner, recognizing him as a powerful running back who constantly fights for extra yards.
Tomlin emphasizes the need to prevent Conner from doing what he does best during the upcoming game against the Cardinals.
Conner's tough and combative running style makes him challenging to deal with once he enters the secondary, according to Tomlin.
Tomlin speaks highly of Conner's qualities, describing him as a legitimate tough guy and a big-time competitor.
Conner's nose for the line to gain and the goal line has been a consistent feature throughout his career, making him a touchdown scorer.
While Conner was with the Steelers, Tomlin appreciated his intangibles and fighting spirit on the field.
As Conner returns to Pittsburgh as a Cardinal, Tomlin has both respect and concern for Conner's formidable running abilities.