The Arizona Cardinals continue to load up for the 2021 NFL season, with the team announcing it signed 2018 Pro Bowler James Conner to a one-year deal on Tuesday.
Conner joins a franchise that already added A.J. Green, J.J. Watt and Malcolm Butler this offseason.
He'll compete for touches with Chase Edmonds, who ran for 448 yards and one touchdown while catching 53 passes for 402 yards and four scores.
Arizona Cardinals Depth Chart—Offense
QB: Kyler Murray, Colt McCoy, Chris Streveler
RB: James Conner*, Chase Edmonds, Jonathan Ward, Eno Benjamin
WR 1: DeAndre Hopkins, AJ Richardson
WR 2: A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, KeeSean Johnson
WR 3: Andy Isabella, JoJo Ward
TE: Maxx Williams, Darrell Daniels, Ian Bunting
LT: DJ Humphries, Josh Jones, Joshua Miles
LG: Justin Pugh, Max Garcia, Sean Harlow
C: Rodney Hudson, Lamont Gaillard
RG: Brian Winters, Justin Murray, Shaq Calhoun
RT: Kelvin Beachum, Branden Bowen, Koda Martin
Depth chart via Ourlads
The Cardinals lost Kenyan Drake to free agency after he signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the Las Vegas Raiders.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Conner underwent surgery for a "very moderate turf toe-type injury" he suffered recently. The 25-year-old is expected to be back to 100 percent in June, which would leave him plenty of time to prepare for the regular season.
Conner has yet to match the production he posted during his breakout season while filling in for Le'Veon Bell. He finished 2018 with 1,470 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns.
As long as Edmonds stays healthy, the Cardinals won't need Conner to shoulder too heavy a load, though. Arizona split carries between Drake (239), Edmonds (97) and Kyler Murray (133) in 2020.
If anything, Conner might benefit from the support he'll have in Arizona after having missed nine games between 2019 and 2020. The downfield threat Green and DeAndre Hopkins pose should open up some space as well, which was a dimension the Pittsburgh Steelers didn't possess last season.