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with those praising James Conner With the status of LeVeon Bell growing more doubtful with every day he doesn’t report to the team Terry Bradshaw Jersey , both coaches and teammates have stepped up with overwhelming support for James Conner to be able get the job done. At his weekly press conference, Coach Tomlin was asked if the game plan would change if Conner were to get the start over Bell. His answer was simple:“No.”Coach Tomlin went on to say how he’s seen improvement from James in all areas since last season. He described Conner as going, “from a rookie that missed time due to soft-tissue injuries and lack of general readiness to a guy that’s done the things that we’ve outlined...”The best endorsement of Conner in the same press conference was when Coach Tomlin was asked if he was more comfortable now with what’s behind Bell going into Cleveland than last year. His answer was simple once again:“Yes.”Even more simple was his response to the follow-up question as to why that is:“James.”Coach Tomlin wasn’t the only team spokesman with a ringing endorsement for James Conner this week. According to ESPN’s to Jeremy Fowler, Ramon Foster said when asked about James, “When you’re ready, you’re ready. He’s ready.”In his weekly interview with 93.7 The Fan, Ben Rothlisberger also had a lot of praise for Conner. When asked about him as a receiver and a pass-blocker, Ben had plenty to say. “I’ve watched James really grow in a lot of areas. We all know what James can do running the ball. I’ve told him this, and it’s no secret, I felt like whether he worked on it or not Joe Gilliam Jersey , his hands have gotten much better since last year. He’s catching a lot of passes and tough passes. So as a receiver, he also gets to the spot he needs to get to right now.”Ben also was pleased with Connor’s improvement in blitz pickup.“Where it starts, when it comes to this, is your heart and desire and will to want to block. And James has that.”Ever since he was drafted last season, Steelers Nation has been in love with Conner. His story of battling cancer is inspiring to many. And through hard work and dedication, he’s earning a massive amount of respect from his teammates and coaches. If he gets the nod for Week 1, it’ll be nearly impossible to find anyone who’s not pulling for him. Dick Modzelewski, a star defensive tackle who appeared in eight NFL titles game with the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns during the 1950s and '60s, has died. He was 87.He died Friday at his home in Eastlake, Ohio Diontae Johnson Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey , outside Cleveland, the Giants said in a statement Saturday. No cause was given.Modzelewski spent 14 years in the NFL, eight with the Giants that included six title games. He teamed with Andy Robustelli, Rosey Grier and Jim Katcavage on one of the great defensive lines.Modzelewski also appeared in two championship games with the Browns. He joined the NFL with Washington in 1953 and also played for Pittsburgh, never missing a game in his career.He coached in the NFL for 22 years, including the 1978 season as the Giants' defensive coordinator.Modzelewski was an All-American in 1951 and '52 at Maryland and won the Outland Trophy in 1952 as the nation's best lineman. It resulted in an invitation to the White House, where he had lunch with President Dwight Eisenhower. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.The Redskins drafted Modzelewski in the second round. He played two seasons there before his trade to the Steelers. Modzelewski was briefly reunited with brother Ed, a fullback.After one year in Pittsburgh, Modzelewski was again traded, this time twice in less than a week. The Steelers dealt him to the Detroit Lions Diontae Johnson Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey , who three days later sent him to the Giants for another defensive tackle, Ray Krouse, a former Maryland teammate.Modzelewski was traded to the Browns in 1964 for wide receiver Bobby Crespino. He was expected to be a backup but became a starter when Frank Parker was injured. Cleveland played in the championship game in each of Modzelewski's first two seasons, beating Baltimore in 1964 and then losing to Green Bay.Modzelewski is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Jane, and four children.A funeral is set for Oct. 26 in Mentor, Ohio.