Jaylen Samuels isn't sure when or how he'll share the same backfield with James Conner on game days. Samuels just knows "little two-back sets" are going to happen at some point, and he can't wait to see it.
"I’m pretty sure it’s going to be something special put into the offense," Samuels said. "They will have us start off in the backfield or I can start out wide or motion out."
Feeling refreshed after knee and ankle injuries over the past two years, Conner is prepared for a workhorse role. Meanwhile, Samuels wants to show he's more than just a pass catcher. But as the story said, the Steelers typically have embraced the workhorse-back model. In Conner's rookie year, he was second on the team with 32 carries. Not a single No. 2 tailback surpassed 100 carries in a season when Bell played 12 or more games. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman in 2012 comprised the team's last true split attack. DeAngelo Williams thrived when LeVeon Bell was out of the lineup but didn't play much when Bell was healthy.