Aug 15, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets running back John Conner (38) walks back to the locker room following practice at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals sign former Jets FB John Conner



The Bengals have signed fullback John Conner to their roster, and he will likely serve as the teams’ starting fullback for the remainder of the regular season (and hopefully postseason). The team also placed Chris Pressley on the injured reserve with a knee injury. The deal for Conner is reportedly worth two years.

Conner is a former University of Kentucky standout where he was a walk-on and left as Wildcats’ all-time games leader. He had been working out at Ignition since he was waived due to injuries by the New York Jets who drafted him in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL draft. He played in 35 games with ten starts before he was waived on October 18.

At the time Conner was waived by the Jets due to injuries, he had sprained his MCL and pulled a hamstring before being released. It was believed the Jets would re-sign him later in the season.

Pressley had an MRI on Friday to determine the severity of his injury, which has yet to be fully revealed  Best wishes to Pressley, who has fought very hard to go from being undrafted out of Wisconsin to becoming an NFL starting fullback.

According to Pro Football Focus, Conner was the fifth-best fullback out of 28 eligible players in 2011. He also received the fifth-most offensive snaps (378) of any fullback.


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