Video: Conner, Pitts

James Conner not tired of answering questions about the possibility of playing running back and defensive end. Lafayette Pitts talks about the development of the secondary as a whole.

As training camp comes to an end, we get a better idea of where the running backs stack up, and how many of them we might see when Pittsburgh kicks off against Delaware next Saturday.

"We have a rotation, everybody knows their role," Conner said. "Me and Qadree (Ollison) are the first- and second-down backs. I'm not sure where Isaac (Bennett) is right now, but I know the type of person Isaac is, and I know he can go right now. Rachid (Ibrahim) and Chris (James) are third-down (backs)."

Lafayette Pitts will be counted on for leadership in the secondary, as he enters his third year as a full-time starter. His focus, though, is more on the guys around him--a group of guys he feels can contribute right away.

"I'm just trying to be a leader, and show the young guys the ropes, show them how to take notes on the details," Pitts said. "(Avonte Maddox) is a great athlete. He is stepping up, and he is going to contribute. He is the third corner right now, so he is going to come in during the nickel and joker packages. If Coach thinks he can go in there and play, then we're going to feel comfortable with him. He is here to learn, and he wants to play."


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