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Veteran running back James Conner has been one of the few bright spots for the Arizona Cardinals in their last two losses.
The Arizona Cardinals have done little to cheer their fans through the team’s final two games. Especially with head coach Cliff Kingsbury’s “Air Raid” offense basically being a self-destructive mess.
One of the team’s few bright spots during that stretch has been James Conner, the veteran running back who signed a three-year extension with the Cards last March. The 27-year-old has shown the grit and courage with which the club fell in love with Conor when they originally signed him in April 2021.
Conner was easily the MVP of Arizona’s offense in Monday’s 27-13 loss to the New England Patriots. The 6-foot-1, 233-pound hitter rushed for 85 yards on just 15 carries for a scintillating 5.62 yards per carry. Conner entered the end zone for the sixth time this season when he scored from 10 yards against the Patriots.
James Conner rushes for 120 yards in Week 12 for Arizona Cardinals
Just a week ago, Conner had his best performance as a Cardinal in the team’s 25-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Pennsylvania native broke the century mark for rushing yards (120) for the first time in a Card uniform and got it off a 6-yard pass from Kyler Murray with 13:31 left in the game Go-ahead score.
After the former Pittsburgh Steelers pick plays in the Pro Bowl in 2021, Conner and the Red Jays reached a deal worth $21 million. The former third-round pick struggled earlier this fall, amassing just 200 yards and one touchdown through his first five games at Arizona. Conner will then miss the next three games thanks to a rib injury he suffered in a Week 5 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
In the Cardinals’ clashes with the Chargers and Patriots, the mighty Conner was like a one-man wrecking team. What’s even more impressive is how well the former Pittsburgh man has played behind the makeshift offensive line. One thing’s for sure, Conner’s recent display of eagerness and determination has dazzled Solitaire followers everywhere.
(Information courtesy of Pro Football Reference and Spotrac.com)
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