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James Conner: Steelers ‘have great chance of going all the way’

James Conner recently opened up about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ prospects for success next season in the wake of a tumultuous offseason, and the running back insists the team is a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

The Steelers were forced to navigate the ultimate departures of Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown amid significant perceptible dysfunction at the onset of the offseason. While the Steelers undoubtedly will have to figure out how to replace their productivity, Conner believes the offense still has the pieces in place to be successful.

Acknowledging that the Steelers “can’t escape the adversity,” Conner said that fans should “have faith in us and believe in us, just stick with us” as the team resets for the 2019 season.

“Not guaranteeing nothing but I think we have a great chance of going all the way,” Conner said of his faith in the team on “NFL Total Access,” as transcribed by NFL.com. “That’s what we play for, that’s why we show up every day, that’s the ultimate goal, is to get a ring. I know that’s a lot of people don’t think that we can do it, with the pieces that we lost, and just counting us out.

“We don’t mind it, though. We know that they’re counting us out, but that’s why I said we’re going to shock them because I don’t think they expect us to do what we’re about to do this year.”

Concerning how the Steelers will have to overcome losing Bell and Brown, two of the most dangerous offensive players in the game, Conner expressed confidence that the Steelers will “be just fine” next season.

The Steelers will lean heavily on Conner to kickstart an offense led by Ben Roethlisberger — who similarly expressed excitement about the unit — the 24-year-old proved last season he’s up to the task as Bell sat out the entire season. It remains to be seen how the Steelers will adapt, but Conner’s presence alone is a great start.