Benny Snell Jr.

Benny Snell Jr.

Running Back #26
ADP:Round: 14, Pick: 4
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 224 lb.
Born:February 27, 1998
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 4 (122)
Draft Team:PIT

Benny Snell Jr.: Finds end zone in loss to Ravens

Snell carried 18 times for 91 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 28-10 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Snell averaged a healthy 5.1 yards per carry against a tough Ravens front as he topped 90 rushing yards for the second time this season. He ripped off a long gain of 19 yards and followed that up with a four-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter. Snell totaled just 15 yards on nine carries in the previous two weeks, so this was a nice way to cap off his rookie season with James Conner (quadriceps) missing another game. The 21-year-old acquitted himself nicely at times throughout the campaign and could play more in 2020 if the team makes an effort to preserve the oft-injured Conner.

December 29, 2019 5:39 PM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Part of timeshare after Conner hurt

Snell rushed seven times for 14 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: James Conner exited with a thigh injury after getting six carries, paving the way for a timeshare between Snell, Kerrith Whyte (six carries) and Jaylen Samuels (three carries, four catches). Even if Conner sits against the Ravens in Week 17, none of the Steelers' other running backs will be advisable options given their fractional deployment.

December 22, 2019 2:02 PM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Assumes backup role

Snell had two carries for one yard in Pittsburgh's 17-10 loss to Buffalo on Sunday night.

Analysis: The return of James Conner found Snell in a familiar role as a backup with his fewest touches since Week 4. He still has value as a handcuff to Conner but is otherwise touchdown dependent in Week 16 against a Jets defense that has allowed just two rushing touchdowns in the last eight games.

December 16, 2019 7:43 AM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: May lose snaps, touches to Conner

Snell is expected to split snaps and touches Sunday against the Bills with Jaylen Samuels and James Conner (shoulder), the latter of whom is expected to play, despite being listed as questionable, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: While Conner has missed the Steelers' past three games, Snell has stepped in as the team's top option on the ground, carrying 53 times for 202 yards and a touchdown over that stretch. Samuels, on the other hand, has gained more yards as a receiver (66) than a runner (54) during that span and projects to see most of his work on passing downs moving forward. As such, Conner's return seems most likely to impact Snell, who may be hard pressed to earn double-digit carries now that another option is back in the fold. Even as a flex option in non-PPR formats, Snell looks like a shaky play in Week 15.

December 15, 2019 5:39 AM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Struggles to find running room

Snell carried 16 times for 41 yards with a fumble in Pittsburgh's 23-17 win over Arizona on Sunday.

Analysis: Since James Conner (shoulder) was forced to leave the game in Week 11 Snell has had 63 carries for 202 yards (3.2 YPC) and one touchdown. Early reports indicate Conner is expected return in Week 15 but if he is unable to play Snell would likely lead the Pittsburgh running attack against a Buffalo defense that has allowed just one rushing touchdown in the last six games.

December 8, 2019 6:00 PM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Should head Week 14 backfield

Snell is expected to work as the Steelers' lead option on the ground Sunday against the Cardinals after James Conner (shoulder) admitted he wouldn't be ready to play in Week 14, Chris Adamski of reports.

Analysis: While Conner has missed the past two games with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, Snell has taken a team-leading 37 carries for 161 yards (4.4 YPC) and a touchdown while chipping in two catches for nine yards in back-to-back wins. With Conner out again, expect the status quo to remain in place, making Snell a particularly attractive fantasy option in non-PPR formats. Jaylen Samuels should maintain his usual role as the Steelers' top backfield option on passing downs.

December 5, 2019 11:19 AM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Scores first career touchdown

Snell ran for 63 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and added a four-yard catch during Sunday's 20-13 win over Cleveland.

Analysis: Snell put the Steelers up early in the third quarter, shuffling through the line for the one-yard score. The Steelers didn't trail after that. The rookie has been effective when called upon to step in for James Conner, who missed Sunday's game with a shoulder injury. He has topped 85 yards twice in his last four games and, depending on Conner's health, will take on an Arizona defense Sunday that has been terrible against the pass and only so-so against the run this season.

December 1, 2019 4:50 PM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Likely to lead Week 13 ground game

Snell is expected to head the Steelers' rushing attack Sunday against the Browns with James Conner (shoulder) listed as doubtful for the contest, Channel 11 News Pittsburgh reports.

Analysis: After missing three games following arthroscopic knee surgery, Snell returned to action in Week 12 to lead a Conner-less backfield in Pittsburgh's 16-10 win over the Bengals. Snell had only tallied 29 touches in his first seven outings of the season, but the rookie paced the Steelers with 21 carries for 98 yards and contributed a five-yard reception in the victory. That efficient showing on the ground makes Snell the most likely back to lead the team in touches again Week 13, though Jaylen Samuels should see ample work as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Meanwhile, Kerrith Whyte (six carries for 43 yards in Week 12) and Trey Edmunds (second carries for seven yards) could have small roles in the game plan, too.

November 29, 2019 2:08 PM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Heads backfield vs. Bengals

Snell carried 21 times for 98 yards and added a five-yard catch during Sunday's 16-10 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Snell returned from a knee injury and showed no lingering effects as he topped 20 carries for the first time in his NFL career. He averaged 4.7 yards per tote against a beatable Cincinnati defense and topped 100 scrimmage yards for the first time as well. Snell appears to be the go-to ball carrier with James Conner (shoulder) sidelined, and he will look to build on this break out effort next Sunday against the Browns.

November 24, 2019 2:21 PM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Full practice participant

Snell (knee) practiced without limitations Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Snell was just given the 'all clear' for practice, and he's already working at full speed. After missing three games due to arthroscopic surgery on his knee, Snell's in line to suit up for Sunday's divisional clash against the Bengals. With James Conner (shoulder) missing the first practice of the week, the rookie fourth-rounder could garner a respectable role if Conner's inactive. Snell has rushed 28 times over seven games and averaged 4.2 yards per carry this season.

November 20, 2019 2:44 PM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Cleared to practice

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Snell (knee) has been cleared to resume practicing this week, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Snell has missed the Steelers' past three games after requiring arthroscopic surgery on his knee, but the rookie looks like he'll have a realistic shot at returning to action Sunday versus Cincinnati. Before the Steelers decide on his status for the game, Snell will likely need to put in a full practice at some point this week. Based on Tomlin's comments, Snell will likely be either a limited or full participant Wednesday, when the Steelers hold their first practice of the week.

November 19, 2019 9:17 AM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Won't play Thursday

Snell (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Browns, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Snell will miss a third consecutive game while he recovers from the procedure he required in late October to trim the meniscus on his knee. With James Conner and Jaylen Samuels both healthy, the rookie fourth-round pick appears set for the third-string role once he's fully recovered. Snell will target a return to the field Week 12 against Cincinnati.

November 13, 2019 10:52 AM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Leads team in rushing

Snell rushed 17 times for 75 yards and caught his lone target for 14 yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Snell stepped up into the backup role vacated by Jaylen Samuels (knee) and handled the duties with flying colors. Nearly half of the rookie's carries came in the second half after starter James Conner (quadriceps) left the game, but he was having a solid game even before the injury, outgaining and nearly doubling the starter's yards per carry (4.4 to 2.6 YPC). The severity of Conner's injury is currently unknown, but the Steelers do have their bye week coming up. Samuels has already been ruled out for a month, but if Conner is forced to miss extended time, then Snell would become a high-priority waiver add with a soft matchup against the Dolphins in Week 8.

October 13, 2019 10:09 PM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Moves up depth chart

Snell will step in as the Steelers' No. 2 running back for Sunday's game against the Chargers with Jaylen Samuels (knee) sidelined for at least a month following arthroscopic surgery, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: The fourth-round pick out of Kentucky has seen a minimal role to date despite being active for all five of the Steelers' contests, logging only 12 offensive snaps and six touches in total. Samuels' absence creates an opening for Snell to see an expanded role, but the rookie's expected bump in playing time probably won't be substantial enough for him to make a major imprint on the box score. The Steelers are instead likely to lean more heavily on lead back James Conner, who projects to fill the majority of the passing-down responsibilities that Samuels had held.

October 8, 2019 9:42 AM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Odd man out

Snell ran twice for one yard and failed to grab his lone target in Monday night's 27-3 win over Cincinnati.

Analysis: On a night when James Conner and Jaylen Samuels accounted for most of the offense, Snell did not take advantage of his limited opportunities. The rookie had played just five offensive snaps before this game but was brought in on a third and one only to come up short. The Steelers turned the ball over on downs the next play. After earning their first win of the season it is safe to assume Pittsburgh will deploy a similar game plan in Week 5 against Baltimore.

September 30, 2019 10:11 PM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Three carries in loss

Snell ran for six yards on three carries in Sunday's 24-20 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: Surprisingly it was Snell and not Jaylen Samuels who gave James Conner the occasional breather, although the rookie wasn't able to do much with his limited touches. With the fourth fewest rushing yards in the league the Pittsburgh offense has yet to fire on all cylinders and, even facing a Cincinnati defense in Week 4 that yields the most PPR fantasy points to opposing running backs, Snell's ceiling is low unless Conner were injured.

September 22, 2019 10:22 PM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Big gain on lone Week 2 touch

Snell gained 23 yards on his lone carry and wasn't targeted in Sunday's 28-26 loss to Seattle.

Analysis: While Snell only got one touch here, his workload could climb if James Conner -- who exited in the second half due to a knee injury -- is forced to miss any time moving forward. Jaylen Samuels would like be the primary beneficiary of a Conner absence, but the rookie fourth-rounder out of Kentucky would likely mix in as well and looked good on his lone touch in this one.

September 15, 2019 2:29 PM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Features in preseason finale

Snell rushed eight times for 12 yards and caught two of three targets for 23 yards in Thursday night's 25-19 preseason loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Snell missed Pittsburgh's third exhibition contest due to a slight groin ailment, but was back on the field to finish his first preseason Thursday. Although the rookie fourth-rounder didn't get much going on the ground, he flashed some ability in the passing game. That versatility could serve him well as he competes for snaps behind James Conner and Jaylen Samuels at tailback this season.

August 29, 2019 7:55 PM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Back to full health

Snell (groin) said Tuesday that he's "100 percent" healthy, Chris Adamski of reports.

Analysis: Snell noted that he feels healthy enough to handle a full workload. The rookie fourth-round pick missed some time due to a groin injury suffered Aug. 17, and now appears back to full capacity. He's working to carve out a role behind James Conner and Jaylen Samuels in Pittsburgh's running back room.

August 27, 2019 11:26 AM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Taking seat Sunday

Snell (groin) isn't expected to suit up for Sunday's preseason contest at Tennessee, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Snell suffered a groin injury in the Steelers' second exhibition on Aug. 17 and hasn't practiced in the interim. Despite this fact, Dulac called Snell's health concern "an undisclosed injury that is not expected to be serious." Snell likely is dealing with the former, so the fact that it's minor bodes well for a return to practice in the near future.

August 25, 2019 4:10 PM EST

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