Benny Snell Jr.

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

Benny Snell Jr. News

Racks up 35 yards from scrimmage

Snell rushed six times for 24 yards while securing his lone target for 11 yards during the Steelers' 19-16 win over Atlanta on Sunday.

Analysis: Snell was limited by a knee injury during Thursday's practice session but was cleared to play in Week 13 after practicing fully Friday. He logged a season-high 62 rushing yards against the Colts last week since Pittsburgh's backfield was shorthanded, but he was less involved in Week 13 since both Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren were back to full health. While Snell was relatively efficient with his limited opportunities, he played just nine offensive snaps in the win and is unlikely to have a significant role in the team's offense as long as Harris and Warren remain healthy.

Dec 5, 2022 10:12 AM EST


Cleared for Week 13

Snell doesn't have an injury designation ahead of Sunday's matchup against Atlanta, Chris Halicke of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

Analysis: Snell popped up on the injury report Thursday as a limited participant due to a knee injury, but he returned to full participation Friday and is cleared for Week 13. Najee Harris also doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's matchup despite an oblique injury that held him to just one limited practice, and Harris' top backup, Jaylen Warren (hamstring), is listed as questionable despite practicing in full throughout Week 13 prep. With Warren inactive and Harris forced out of Week 12, Snell logged season highs in rushing attempts and rushing yards, but he figures to see a reduced role with at least one of the Steelers' top two backs healthy for Pittsburgh's matchup against Atlanta's porous run defense.

Dec 2, 2022 12:28 PM EST



Dealing with injury

Snell (knee) was listed as a limited participant on the Steelers' injury report Thursday, per Mike DeFabo of The Athletic.

Analysis: Snell appears to have picked up a knee issue at some point during practice, as he popped up on the Week 13 injury report for the first time Thursday. The third-string running back also logged a season-high 12 rushes for 62 yards and a touchdown with Jaylen Warren (hamstring) inactive and Najee Harris (abdomen) forced out during Monday's win versus the Colts. While the nature of this injury is still unclear, Snell will have one more practice to return to full participation, or else he could be in jeopardy of missing Sunday's contest versus Atlanta.

Dec 1, 2022 1:22 PM EST


Scores TD after Harris injury

Snell rushed 12 times for 62 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 24-17 win over the Colts. He also caught his only target for six yards while fellow Steelers running back back Najee Harris (abdomen) didn't finish the game.

Analysis: Harris was in and out of the game in the first half before being ruled out at halftime due to an abdominal injury. With Jaylen Warren (hamstring) inactive, Snell took over as the lead back after Harris' exit, with Anthony McFarland spelling him. Snell punched in the go-ahead touchdown from two yards out early in the fourth quarter and could maintain the lead role in Week 13 against the Falcons if Harris and Warren remain sidelined.

Nov 28, 2022 8:39 PM EST


Doesn't play on offense

Snell didn't record any touches during the Steelers' 24-20 loss to the Jets on Sunday.

Analysis: Snell played 69 percent of Pittsburgh's snaps on special teams Sunday, but he was held off the field offensively for a third consecutive week. The 2019 fourth-rounder is firmly behind Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren on the Steelers' depth chart.

Oct 3, 2022 8:29 AM EST



Limited to special-teams work again

Snell didn't record any touches during the Steelers' 29-17 loss to the Browns on Thursday.

Analysis: For a second consecutive week, Snell didn't play any offensive snaps and was limited to special-teams work. The 24-year-old hasn't yet recorded any touches this season and is unlikely to see much work behind Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren.

Sep 23, 2022 8:03 AM EST


Plays exclusively on special teams

Snell didn't record any touches during the Steelers' 17-14 loss to New England on Sunday.

Analysis: Snell was on the field for 73 percent of Pittsburgh's snaps on special teams Sunday, but he didn't play any offensive snaps during the narrow loss. The 2019 fourth-rounder hasn't yet touched the ball over the first two weeks of the regular season, and it seems unlikely that he'll see significant work in the Steelers' offense as long as Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren are healthy.

Sep 19, 2022 10:12 AM EST


Operates as clear No. 3 back

Snell didn't record any touches during Sunday's 23-20 overtime win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Snell was listed as the No. 3 running back on the Steelers' Week 1 depth chart, and his usage against Cincinnati was consistent with that layout. Although Najee Harris sustained a foot injury late in Sunday's matchup, Jaylen Warren was the running back who replaced him down the stretch, while Snell played exclusively on special teams during the season opener. Harris' injury isn't believed to be a serious concern, but his Week 2 status isn't yet clear. Even if Harris is limited or held out Sunday against the Patriots, Warren would likely see most of the work in the backfield, while Snell would presumably be forced to settle for a reserve role.

Sep 12, 2022 1:55 PM EST


Buried on Week 1 depth chart

Snell is listed as the No. 3 running back on the Steelers' Week 1 depth chart, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Although Snell earned a spot on the 53-man roster over Anthony McFarland, undrafted rookie Jaylen Warren appears poised to begin the season as the team's top backup behind starting running back Najee Harris. Snell rushed just 36 times for 98 yards while securing two of four targets for 13 yards despite appearing in every game for the Steelers last season, and he's unlikely to have a significant fantasy role in 2022 as long as Harris remains healthy.

Sep 5, 2022 1:15 PM EST


Secures spot on final roster

Snell is on the Steelers' 53-man roster ahead of the 2022 regular season, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Snell was relatively quiet during the preseason after recovering from a knee injury, as he rushed eight times for 13 yards while securing two of three targets for 15 yards and a touchdown over two appearances. However, he was still able to fend off Anthony McFarland for a spot on the 53-man roster. Najee Harris will serve as Pittsburgh's clear lead back again, and it's possible that Snell has to settle for a No. 3 role in the Steelers' backfield since Jaylen Warren earned a roster spot following a strong offseason.

Aug 31, 2022 7:51 AM EST


Still competing for roster spot

Snell is still competing for a spot on the Steelers' 53-man roster ahead of Sunday's preseason finale against the Lions, Chris Adamski of TribLive.com reports.

Analysis: Snell served as Pittsburgh's No. 2 running back last year, but he isn't guaranteed a roster spot as a backup running back in 2022. He sat out the preseason opener against Seattle due to a knee injury and was relatively quiet during the matchup against Jacksonville, rushing three times for minus-two yards while securing two of three targets for 15 yards and a touchdown. Snell's chances for a roster spot are improved by his abilities on special teams, but he'll still have to fend off Anthony McFarland and Jaylen Warren as the preseason draws to a close.

Aug 27, 2022 8:30 AM EST


Reaches end zone against Jaguars

Snell rushed three times for minus-2 yards while securing two of three targets for 15 yards and a touchdown during the Steelers' 16-15 preseason win over the Jaguars on Saturday.

Analysis: Snell drew the start during Saturday's preseason matchup, and he caught an 11-yard touchdown pass late in the first half. The 2019 fourth-rounder split time in the backfield with Jaylen Warren during the first half. Warren recorded 27 yards from scrimmage on six touches, but Snell was one of two Steelers to reach the end zone during the narrow win. Snell and Warren will likely continue to compete to serve as Pittsburgh's No. 2 running back ahead of the regular season.

Aug 21, 2022 9:49 PM EST


Returns to practice

Snell (knee) recently returned to practice, Chris Adamski of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

Analysis: Snell dealt with a right knee injury late last week and didn't appear in Saturday's preseason win over Seattle. However, he now appears to be healthy once again. The 2019 fourth-rounder will likely have a chance to garner some playing time during Saturday's preseason matchup against the Jaguars as he competes with Anthony McFarland and Jaylen Warren for a role behind Najee Harris in the Steelers' backfield.

Aug 18, 2022 2:24 PM EST


Not likely to suit up Saturday

Snell (knee) is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason game versus the Seahawks, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Snell took a seat at Thursday's practice, where he was seen with a large wrap on his right knee. That was scaled down to a sleeve by Saturday, but he wasn't in uniform ahead of the contest. It's unclear if top running back Najee Harris will join Snell in street clothes, but if both sit out the Steelers backfield will consist of Anthony McFarland, Jaylen Warren, Mataeo Durant and Master Teague.

Aug 13, 2022 3:30 PM EST


Not practicing Thursday

Snell (knee) wasn't spotted at Thursday's practice, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Pryor notes that Snell left Wednesday's session with a pretty big wrap on his right knee, so unless he's back on the field Friday, the running back is a candidate to sit out Saturday's preseason opener against the Seahawks. Snell is listed behind top option Najee Harris on the Steelers' posted unofficial depth chart, with Anthony McFarland, Jaylen Warren, Mataeo Durant and Master Teague also in the mix for backfield slotting.

Aug 11, 2022 12:53 PM EST


Works with starters on goal line

Snell worked with the Steelers' first-team offense on the goal line during Monday's practice, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Snell trimmed down during the offseason and has impressed over the first week of training camp. While Najee Harris is in line to serve as the Steelers' lead back this year, Snell was on the field with the first-team offense during Monday's goal-line drills. None of the team's backup running backs carved out a meaningful fantasy role behind Harris last year, but it's possible that Snell, Anthony McFarland or Jaylen Warren earn some touches in 2022 since the Steelers are attempting to lighten Harris' load.

Aug 9, 2022 9:51 PM EST


Slims down during offseason

Snell has trimmed down during the offseason, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While Snell's new weight isn't yet clear, his frame now resembles a build more typical of a running back. The 24-year-old averaged a career-low 2.7 yards per carry last season. However, he should have the chance to compete during training camp for the No. 2 job at running back behind Najee Harris, who established himself as the team's three-down back as a rookie last year.

Jun 30, 2022 2:08 PM EST


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


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