Benny Snell Jr.

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

Benny Snell Jr. News

Likely slated for backup role

Snell will likely begin the season as a backup after the Steelers selected Najee Harris with the 24th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Snell rushed 111 times for 368 yards and four touchdowns last season while working behind James Conner, and it appears as though he'll serve as a secondary option in 2021, even after Conner signed with the Cardinals. The Steelers decided to improve their running game by taking the first running back off the board in the first round of the draft, and coach Mike Tomlin described Harris as a "three-down back" after the team selected the Alabama standout. Snell should compete for touches with Anthony McFarland and Kalen Ballage behind Harris in 2021.

Apr 30, 2021 10:37 AM EST

Totals 10 yards in loss

Snell rushed three times for 10 yards in Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Coach Mike Tomlin said several weeks ago that he hoped to get Snell more involved in the team's offensive attack, but he's failed to make much of an impact over the past two games. The 2019 fourth-rounder showed some glimpses of promise during his second season in the league, rushing 111 times for 368 yards and four touchdowns while bringing in 10 of his 14 targets for 61 yards. He could have a chance to serve as the lead back for the Steelers next year if James Conner doesn't return to Pittsburgh during the offseason, but he should continue to slot in behind Conner during the team's playoff run this season.

Jan 4, 2021 11:19 AM EST

Inefficient against Colts

Snell rushed six times for zero yards in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Coach Mike Tomlin said during the week that Snell would likely see an increased role for the Steelers going forward, and the 2019 fourth-rounder led the team with six carries against Indianapolis. However, he was unable to record any yardage after topping 100 yards from scrimmage in Week 15. Snell received two carries inside the five yard line, but he couldn't reach the end zone in the win. He'll attempt to generate more production against the Browns in the regular-season finale.

Dec 28, 2020 11:22 AM EST

May have earned increased role

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin hinted Tuesday that Snell may continue to have a sizable role in the team's offensive game plan Week 16 against the Colts, even if James Conner (quadriceps) is available for the contest, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports. "You gotta admit Benny was an awesome element in a game that didn't have many," Tomlin said, in reference to Monday's 27-17 loss to the Bengals. "[Snell will] have the opportunity to be impactful [Week 16]."

Analysis: While Conner was inactive Monday, Snell stepped in as Pittsburgh's lead back and was one of the bright spots in the disappointing loss, rushing 18 times for 84 yards and a score and catching three of four targets for 23 yards. Though Tomlin is hopeful Conner will be back Week 16, the 25-year-old had struggled over his last five outings prior to Monday's absence, averaging 3.5 yards per carry and 3.3 yards per target while finding the end zone only once. Conner's shaky health and poor production of late coupled with Snell's strong outing Monday may result in a timeshare being in place Week 16, an arrangement that would make it difficult to extract fantasy value from either back.

Dec 22, 2020 9:47 AM EST

Fills in admirably on MNF

Snell rushed 18 times for 84 yards and a touchdown while catching three of four targets for 23 yards in Monday's 27-17 loss to Cincinnati.

Analysis: Snell worked as the lead back for the struggling Steelers rushing attack with James Conner (quadriceps) inactive, and he got a consistent workload even as Pittsburgh surprisingly fell behind 17-0 in the first half. The 2019 fourth-round pick contributed to his team's second-half comeback bid with a 29-yard burst -- one yard short of his career-long run -- to set up a field goal in the third quarter and a one-yard touchdown plunge in the fourth. Conner was reportedly close to suiting up in this one and will likely return in Week 16 against the Colts, bumping Snell back down to a bench role.

Dec 21, 2020 8:48 PM EST

Likely to lead backfield Monday

Snell is slated to lead the Steelers backfield Monday at Cincinnati in place of the inactive James Conner (quadriceps), Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: When Snell filled in for Conner back in Weeks 12 and 13, he combined for 24 carries for 65 yards and five catches (on seven targets) for 38 yards. Meanwhile, Jaylen Samuels played in one of those games, turning three touches into 12 yards, with Anthony McFarland notching seven touches for 41 yards in two appearances. Considering the disparity in reps between that duo and Snell, the latter should handle the vast majority of work among Pittsburgh's running backs.

Dec 21, 2020 3:54 PM EST

Looks set for MNF start

Snell is expected to start Monday's game in Cincinnati, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Steelers have ruled James Conner (quadriceps) out for Monday night's road contest, a move which leaves Snell as the No. 1 option atop the depth chart. He stands to handle the bulk of Pittsburgh's carries, while Jaylen Samuels and Anthony McFarland could see increased opportunities through the air.

Dec 21, 2020 12:53 PM EST

Minimal role against Buffalo

Snell recorded three carries for 14 yards in Sunday's 26-15 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Snell saw increased work over the last several weeks with James Conner sidelined, but he was on the field for just five offensive snaps Sunday with Conner back on the field. Snell's seven-yard carry was the longest of the game for Pittsburgh, but he was outpaced by both Conner and Jaylen Samuels offensively. As long as Conner remains healthy, the 2019 fourth-rounder will likely maintain a minimal role within the Steelers' offense.

Dec 14, 2020 1:21 PM EST

Returns to backup role

Snell will return to No. 2 duties following James Conner's activation from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Snell got two starting opportunities with Conner out of the lineup. He failed to produce against Washington on Monday, with just eight carries for five yards, but against Baltimore in Week 12 he had a number of key runs and compiled 60 yards on 16 rushes. Coming off such an unproductive day against the Football Team, though, it seems likely that Snell will only play a reserve role while Conner returns to No.1 status.

Dec 9, 2020 10:37 AM EST

Unproductive in starting opportunity

Snell rushed eight times for five yards and caught two of three targets for five yards in Monday's 23-17 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Snell failed to take advantage of his opportunity to start in place of James Conner (illness). The tailback was notably stuffed on a couple goal-line carries during the second quarter, narrowly missing out on a touchdown that otherwise would have somewhat salvaged an unproductive outing. However, with next to nothing to show for his effort Monday, it wouldn't be surprising if Snell takes a back seat in Week 14 should Conner be ready to return.

Dec 7, 2020 6:02 PM EST

In line to start again Monday

Snell is slated for another start Monday against Washington with James Conner (illness) unlikely to return to action, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Conner is eligible to be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, but even if he is the fourth-year running back is slated for a second straight DNP. In that scenario, Snell will head the Steelers backfield yet again, which translated to 19 touches for 93 yards from scrimmage this past Wednesday versus the Ravens. Meanwhile, reserve RB Anthony McFarland turned his four touches into 26 total yards.

Dec 6, 2020 7:29 AM EST

Grinds to 93 total yards

Snell carried the ball 16 times for 60 yards in Week 12 against the Ravens. He added three receptions for 33 yards.

Analysis: Snell served as the clear lead back with James Conner (illness) sidelined, claiming 16 of the 19 carries dedicated to the Steelers' backfield. He was regularly met at the line of scrimmage early in the game, but managed carries of 10 and 13 yards in the fourth quarter to aid his performance. Snell was also surprisingly effective as a receiver, turning in two receptions of 13 yards a piece. If Conner is not activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list for the Steelers' Week 13 matchup against Washington, Snell should be in line for a significant workload once again.

Dec 2, 2020 4:41 PM EST

Set for major role Week 12

Snell is expected to lead the backfield in Tuesday's game against the Ravens, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: It's still uncertain whether Tuesday's game will actually happen with positive COVID-19 tests in each facility. However, if the game kicks off as planned, Snell should operate as the Steelers' lead back with both James Conner (COVID-19) and Jaylen Samuels (quadriceps) ruled out. That warrants major fantasy upside, although Snell's inefficiencies are a concern. Since taking the lion's share of the work in Week 1, he's been credited with just 2.2 yards per carry over the last eight games, while Conner produced 4.6 YPC in the same offense. Anthony McFarland figures to slot into a change-of-pace role behind Snell.

Nov 28, 2020 2:14 PM EST

Reaches end zone in Week 11

Snell recorded seven carries for 15 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 27-3 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Snell had a fair amount of work on the goal line to begin the season, but he had limited touches over the past several weeks. However, he was more involved in Sunday's comfortable win, and he found paydirt for the first time since Week 7 with a one-yard rush late in the second quarter. The 22-year-old has seen inconsistent usage this season, but it was encouraging to see him receive seven touches against the Jaguars.

Nov 23, 2020 11:20 AM EST

Minimal usage once again

Snell recorded three carries for 12 yards in Sunday's 36-10 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Even though the Steelers maintained a considerable lead throughout the second half, Snell saw minimal work once again as the team elected to rely on its starters down the stretch. As a result, the 2019 fourth-rounder was on the field for just four offensive snaps late in the game. Snell was efficient as he averaged 4.0 yards per carry, but he's been mainly relegated to special teams in recent weeks.

Nov 16, 2020 9:55 AM EST

Logs three carries in Week 9

Snell recorded three carries for one yard in Sunday's 24-19 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Snell saw the least usage of any Steelers running back Sunday as most of his workload came on special teams once again. The 22-year-old saw some goal-line carries earlier in the season, but his role in the offense has greatly diminished in recent weeks as he's logged just five offensive snaps over the past two games.

Nov 9, 2020 2:36 PM EST

Doesn't see field in win

Snell didn't take the field in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Snell was active for Sunday's game and wasn't dealing with any sort of injury leading up to the Week 8 matchup, but he didn't appear on the field as the Steelers leaned heavily on the passing game. The 2019 fourth-rounder had seen some goal-line work over the past several weeks, but he wasn't involved in the game script against Baltimore.

Nov 2, 2020 11:19 AM EST

Scores another TD in win

Snell rushed twice for two yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Titans.

Analysis: While Snell was on the field for just six of a possible 79 snaps on offense in the Week 7 contest, both of his carries came on the goal line as he found the end zone for a second consecutive week. The 2019 fourth-round pick saw less playing time than Jaylen Samuels (nine snaps), but Snell's workload on the goal line over the past several weeks has propped up his fantasy value.

Oct 26, 2020 10:56 AM EST

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.

Oct 19, 2020 9:46 AM EST

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.

Oct 12, 2020 9:57 AM EST

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