Benny Snell Jr.

Pittsburgh Steelers
Running Back #26
Pittsburgh Steelers
Running Back #26

Benny Snell Jr. News

12 carries in Week 18

Snell rushed 12 times for 22 yards in Sunday's 16-13 OT win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Snell recorded double-digit touches for the first time this year after Najee Harris sustained an elbow injury on the team's first drive. However, the 2019 fourth-rounder struggled mightily with efficiency and averaged just 1.8 yards per carry. Harris returned to Sunday's matchup after suffering his injury, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him available for the team's wild-card matchup against Kansas City on Sunday. Snell appeared in all 17 regular-season games this year and rushed 36 times for 98 yards while hauling in two of four targets for 13 yards.

Jan 10, 2022 7:09 AM EST

Six touches in loss

Snell totaled five carries for 20 yards while securing his lone target for six yards in Sunday's 36-10 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: The Steelers failed to generate much offensive production in Sunday's blowout loss, but this allowed Snell to see some action in the second half. His six touches in Week 16 represented his highest total of the season, but he's had a minimal impact behind rookie Najee Harris for most of the year.

Dec 26, 2021 8:11 PM EST

Musters 13 yards in win

Snell rushed twice for 13 yards in Sunday's 20-19 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Snell recorded double-digit yardage for the second time this season in Sunday's win, but his workload remained limited behind lead back Najee Harris. Snell played just two offensive snaps and has been a non-factor for the Steelers as depth at running back.

Dec 6, 2021 7:09 AM EST

Two carries against Bengals

Snell recorded two carries for five yards in Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Snell has now recorded two carries in three of the last four weeks, but he's continued to play primarily on special teams. His seven offensive snaps in Sunday's blowout loss ranked fourth among the team's running backs, as Najee Harris (36 snaps), Anthony McFarland (12) and Kalen Ballage (eight) all saw more playing time on the offensive side of the ball.

Nov 29, 2021 6:52 AM EST

Two carries in loss

Snell recorded two carries for seven yards in Sunday's 41-37 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Snell has recorded at least one touch in each of the last four games, but he hasn't had a fantasy-relevant role behind rookie Najee Harris. Although Harris briefly went to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion Sunday, he returned to the field late in the game, which is a good sign for his Week 12 availability. Assuming Harris remains active, Snell's fantasy potential will remain limited.

Nov 22, 2021 8:32 AM EST

Carries once

Snell recorded one carry for four yards in Sunday's 16-16 tie with the Lions.

Analysis: Snell played on just six of the Steelers' 87 offensive snaps Sunday. With rookie Najee Harris continuing to operate as the team's three-down back, Snell remains far off the fantasy radar. It remains likely that the 23-year-old running back's only path to consistent production would come if Harris were to be sidelined with an injury. The Steelers will square off against the Chargers in Week 11.

Nov 16, 2021 10:17 PM EST

Limited work against Bears

Snell totaled two carries for six yards in Monday's 29-27 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Snell was on the field for just two offensive snaps in Monday's victory, but he recorded double-digit touches for the first time since Week 5. The 23-year-old has tallied just 10 carries for 27 yards while hauling in one of three targets for seven yards across the first 10 games of the year.

Nov 9, 2021 7:46 AM EST

Racks up seven yards

Snell hauled in his lone target for seven yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Snell wasn't on the field for any offensive snaps in the Steelers' Week 6 win over the Seahawks, but he played three offensive snaps against Cleveland. However, his snap count lagged behind fellow depth options Anthony McFarland and Kalen Ballage.

Nov 1, 2021 8:22 AM EST

Totals 20 yards against Denver

Snell rushed five times for 20 yards while failing to secure his lone target in Sunday's 27-19 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Snell had rushed for just one yard across the first four weeks of the year, but he was more involved against Denver and played a season-high 13 offensive snaps while Najee Harris dealt with cramping. However, the 2019 fourth-rounder should return to a minimal role if Harris is back to full health for Sunday's Week 6 matchup against Seattle.

Oct 11, 2021 7:15 AM EST

Minimal usage in Week 4

Snell recorded one carry for zero yards and failed to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Snell played a season-high eight offensive snaps against Green Bay, but he failed to record any yardage in the loss. The 23-year-old has had a minimal role on offense behind rookie Najee Harris, who played 80 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps in Week 4.

Oct 4, 2021 7:13 AM EST

Limited role once again

Snell recorded two carries for one yard in Sunday's 26-17 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Snell was utilized exclusively on special teams in last week's season opener, and he saw minimal offensive work in Week 2. Rookie running back played 95 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps Sunday after he was on the field for every snap last week, so Snell's playing time should remain limited.

Sep 19, 2021 6:56 PM EST

No offensive snaps

Snell logged 19 snaps on special teams during Sunday's 23-16 win over the Bills.

Analysis: Snell failed to see any snaps on offense, as rookie running back Najee Harris was on the field for 100 percent of the team's offensive snaps. The veteran Snell is No. 2 on the depth chart, but Harris' three-down skill set will likely make it hard for Snell to see enough action to be relevant for fantasy. The 23-year-old would be next in line for action if Harris were to suffer an injury and be forced to miss time. Snell and the Steelers will host the Raiders in Week 2.

Sep 15, 2021 4:44 AM EST

Eight carries in preseason debut

Snell carried the ball eight times for 28 yards and also recorded one reception on one target for four yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.

Analysis: Snell had not participated in any of the team's preseason contests to this point and also missed significant periods of practice due to a lower body injury. He was the first back on the field for Pittsburgh -- Najee Harris did not play -- and participated on offense at various points in every quarter. The highlight of Snell's performance came midway through the second quarter, when he ripped off a 17-yard run. Snell's inability to stay on the field during training camp has him on the roster bubble, though he could also enter the regular season as the primary backup to Harris.

Aug 27, 2021 8:36 PM EST

Should play this week

Coach Mike Tomlin said Snell (lower body) will play in Friday's preseason game against Carolina, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Snell has been in and out of practice throughout August and hasn't played in any of the Steelers' preseason games. It's hard to say where he stands on the depth chart, as competition for backfield roles appears open behind first-round pick and presumed starter Najee Harris, who will be held out of Friday's preseason game. Snell could still be the team's No. 2 running back, but it's also possible he gets cut before the Aug. 31 deadline to chop rosters to 53 players.

Aug 25, 2021 9:33 AM EST

Didn't suit up against Lions

Snell did not dress for Saturday's preseason game against the Lions, Dale Lolley of reports.

Analysis: Snell returned to practice Tuesday and was expected to be active for the contest. It's not clear what caused the change in his status, but it may not bode well for his chances to secure the backup running back role in Pittsburgh.

Aug 21, 2021 6:54 PM EST

Returns to practice

Snell (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Dale Lolley of reports.

Analysis: Snell had been working on an exercise bike last week and had participated in individual drills recently, but he received carries in Tuesday's practice. While it's still not clear what injury the 23-year-old was dealing with, it wouldn't be surprising to see him active for Saturday's preseason game against Detroit as he competes for a backup role behind Najee Harris.

Aug 18, 2021 7:32 AM EST

Not practicing yet

Snell (undisclosed) got in some work on an exercise bike Monday, Dale Lolley of reports.

Analysis: While he's still not ready to practice, this supports the notion that Snell's issue isn't a long-term concern. Once he returns to practice, Snell will look to solidify his backup role behind Pittsburgh's top RB option, rookie Najee Harris. Also competing for slotting in the team's backfield are Anthony McFarland, Jaylen Samuels and Kalen Ballage.

Aug 9, 2021 10:49 AM EST

Misses practice

Snell (undisclosed) missed his second straight practice Sunday, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow RB Kalen Ballage, with neither player's absence viewed as a long-term concern. Once he's back in the mix, Snell will look to solidify his role behind top back, rookie Najee Harris. Also in the depth mix in the Steelers' backfield are Anthony McFarland, Jaylen Samuels and Ballage

Aug 8, 2021 10:44 AM EST

No touches in Hall of Fame Game

Snell didn't record any touches in the Steelers' 16-13 win over the Cowboys in Thursday's Hall of Fame Game.

Analysis: Najee Harris is in line to serve as the Steelers' lead back to begin the regular season, and he started Thursday's contest and recorded eight touches. Jaylen Samuels, Kalen Ballage and Anthony McFarland all recorded carries behind Harris, but Snell was left out of the offensive mix in the preseason opener. The 2019 fourth-rounder had the chance to secure a larger role in James Conner's absence last season but is in danger of losing his spot on the 53-man roster ahead of Week 1, Brooke Pryor of ESPN reports.

Aug 6, 2021 10:11 AM EST

On roster bubble

Snell isn't assured a spot on the Steelers' roster to begin the 2021 season, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Snell had the chance to secure the starting job at running back last year while James Conner was sidelined, but the 23-year-old averaged just 3.3 yards per carry during the 2020 campaign. The 2019 fourth-rounder enters training camp as a clear backup after the Steelers drafted Najee Harris with the 24th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but he could be in danger of losing his roster spot if Kalen Ballage is able to claim the job as the No. 2 running back.

Jul 8, 2021 4:15 PM EST

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