Benny Snell Jr.

Benny Snell Jr.

Running Back #26
ADP:Round: 14, Pick: 1
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 224 lb.
College:Kentucky
Age:22
Born:February 27, 1998
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 4 (122)
Draft Team:PIT

Benny Snell Jr.: Scores TD in win

Snell rushed six times for 17 yards and a TD while also catching his lone target for four yards in Sunday's 38-7 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Snell's workload has been limited with James Conner fully healthy in recent weeks, but his role has been somewhat consistent as he's touched the ball seven times in each of the Steelers' last three contests. The 22-year-old scored the team's final touchdown in Sunday's blowout win, his first of the season. Snell has seen more work than rookie Anthony McFarland to begin the year, but his playing time has been limited while Conner has been on the field.

October 19, 2020 9:46 AM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Logs seven carries

Snell ran for 19 yards on seven carries in Sunday's 38-29 win over Philadelphia.

Analysis: Snell once again struggled to garner much work in Week 5 and was unable to score on a goal-line carry in the first quarter. Although the 2019 fourth-rounder saw slightly more work (seven carries) than Anthony McFarland (three carries), both running backs have limited fantasy potential as long as starter James Conner remains healthy. Over the past three weeks, Snell has recorded just 35 rushing yards.

October 12, 2020 9:57 AM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Struggles in win

Snell totaled 11 yards on seven carries in the Steelers' 28-21 Week 3 win over the Texans Sunday.

Analysis: Snell and rookie Anthony McFarland split carries in a backup role to James Conner, but Snell was unable to get anything going on the ground. His longest run was four yards and he was stuffed on a first-and-goal from the one-yard line. Despite an attractive Week 4 matchup against the Titans -- who have allowed 598 rushing yards and three touchdown runs in three games this season -- Snell's fantasy value continues to drop.

September 27, 2020 2:57 PM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: One yard from scrimmage Sunday

Snell ran three times for five yards and a fumble in Pittsburgh's 26-21 win over Denver Sunday.

Analysis: Coming off his 113-yard effort in relief of James Conner (ankle) it was thought that Snell might split carries against the Broncos. Instead, he saw just four touches, including a four-yard loss on his only reception of the game. His fumble in the fourth quarter made the game interesting but the Steelers held on to go 2-0 for the first time since 2016. With Conner healthy, Snell will likely take a backseat in Week 3 against the Texans.

September 21, 2020 7:05 AM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Could cut into Conner's snaps

Snell could be in store for more use out of the Pittsburgh backfield even after James Conner fully recovers from his left high-ankle sprain, Ed Bouchette of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After Conner went down with the injury in the first half of Monday's win over the Giants, Snell stepped in as the Steelers' top back and turned in an eye-opening performance. He finished with 113 yards on 19 carries, though he wasn't a factor in the passing game with one target across 29 offensive snaps. The lack of involvement as a pass catcher has been the norm for Snell since his college days, so he would more realistically represent a threat to poach carries from Conner when the latter is back to full strength. Conner sat out Wednesday's practice with the injury and is far from certain to gain clearance for this weekend's matchup with Denver, potentially leaving Snell with a clear path to the majority of the backfield carries for at least one game.

September 17, 2020 8:10 AM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Takes advantage of opportunity

Snell finished with 19 rushes for a career-high 113 yards in Monday night's 26-16 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Snell was thrust into a larger role after starting tailback James Conner exited with an ankle injury during the second quarter. With Conner staying sidelined for the remainder of Monday's game, Snell ran with purpose and was rewarded with the second-most single-game carries of his young career. Although he was lucky to not lose a fumble in the third quarter, Snell flashed his upside should Conner's availability be impacted going forward. That situation figures to be rather worthwhile to monitor in the coming week, as Snell's stock is on the rise in advance of Week 2's home date with the Broncos.

September 14, 2020 7:31 PM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Could get Week 1 touches

Snell is making a strong case for a role in the Pittsburgh offense, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Steelers have a track record of drafting big running backs and then having them drop weight before their second pro seasons. Snell followed the pattern, reportedly losing 12 pounds this offseason, and it sounds like it's paying off in terms of quickness and agility. James Conner is still locked in as the starter and figures to see more of the receiving work, but Snell could carve out his own role subbing in for some carries. The second-year pro is apparently shining in training camp, while Jaylen Samuels is on the roster bubble and Anthony McFarland is in the concussion protocol.

August 28, 2020 6:44 AM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Trims down for camp

Snell worked all offseason and has dropped 12 pounds, according to Teresa Varley of Steelers.com.

Analysis: Working out on his own Snell is down from 224 to 212 pounds. After a solid rookie season rushing for 426 yards and two touchdowns on 108 carries expectations are high. Still, with no preseason games and a truncated training camp, Snell will not get an opportunity to show how much his new look will impact his game. He remains second on the depth chart behind James Conner, with plenty of upside this season.

August 19, 2020 7:17 PM EST

Benny Snell Jr.: Should hold roster spot

Snell should have a spot on the regular-season roster, Ed Bouchette of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Steelers enter training camp with a crowded backfield, one where James Conner and rookie fourth-round pick Anthony McFarland can safely be locked in for roster spots. That leaves Snell, Jaylen Samuels, Kerrith Whyte, Wendell Smallwood and Trey Edmunds competing for what likely will be two jobs, but Snell at least seems to have the best odds of that group. The 2019 fourth-round pick failed to stand out as a rookie, averaging 3.9 yards on 108 carries and catching only three passes for 23 yards. His 111 touches produced just five gains of 15-plus yards and none that went for more than 23. Even if Conner were to miss more time, Snell likely would find himself in a committee.

August 17, 2020 2:26 PM EST

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 TribLive.com 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 ESPN.com 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

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