As the group now enters their fourth NFL season with the Steelers, Watt appears to be on a Hall of Fame pace. Dobbs has been traded out of town and is no longer a part of the equation and Smith Schuster and Conner, both who had very promising second seasons and very down third seasons are more than likely on their way out of town after this season.
Let’s examine why. I’ll first start with Conner as if only one were to leave, I think he’s the more likely candidate. His beast season, albeit a Pro Bowl year for the Steelers, saw him finish below the 1,000-yard rushing mark. He’s been injured each season, missing significant time and his body does not appear to be durable. Last season, in his 10 games played, he only put up 46 yards per game on the ground. That is not number one running back material and it’s not second contract material; at least not at the money, he’ll probably request.
To top it off, the team won’t miss a beat without him, if he leaves. Anthony McFarland was just brought into the mix this year and could be poised to be the number one back in 2021. Benny Snell was brought in last season and is a guy who shows a lot of upside and runs with power and if the team chooses to, they may hang on to Jaylen Samuels, who has talent catching the ball out of the backfield. There’s just no need to keep a guy like Conner to only get 10 games out of him and pay him millions to sit on the sideline.