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."
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a proven Pro Bowler and an intriguing change-of-pace option to ignite the post-Le'Veon Bell era in earnest. Conner looks to build on his 1,470-yard performance in his first year as a starter, while Samuels is eager to prove he is more than a versatile pass-catcher.
One thing missing out of this backfield is elite speed. Neither running back cracked 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash coming out of college. But the offense proved with Bell that speed helps but isn't necessary to thrive, relying on vision and a combination of stretch zone and power running game plans.
Conner and Samuels fit well into that plan, and coupled with fourth-round pick Benny Snell Jr. and capable veteran Trey Edmunds, the tailback room is getting deep.