RB Benny Snell - Pittsburgh Steelers
|5-10, 224||Born: 2-27-1998||College: Kentucky||Drafted: Round 4, pick 122 (2019)|
2019 Week 2 vs SEA (1 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was only one touch, but Snell showed why he was picked in the fourth round and how he earned a game day active. On his first carry, Snell had excellent blocking ahead of him, was in his lineman's back pocket as he approached the line, and made a simple cut to find his running lane. Snell accelerated quickly through the hole and evaded multiple arm tackles through the pile.
2019 Week 6 vs LAC (17 / 75 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
With Jaylen Samuels out for an extended period, the Steelers needed someone to turn to behind Conner. Snell is not the same type of smooth runner Conner is, but generates good build up speed and power through the hole once he gets a runway and Snell had the runway against the Chargers. The Steelers were routinely blowing the Chargers off the line of scrimmage and pushing them backwards. In the fourth quarter Snell's best run came on a power run concept. The lineman were all one on one and won at the point of attach and created a massive hole for Snell to run through. Snell exploded through the hole and gained good speed at the second level. Snell ended the contest with a lot of confidence from the coaching staff, receiving the last eight running back touches of the game.
2019 Week 8 vs MIA (5 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
This was not the right game for Benny Snell. While he did have opportunities, Snell's skillset matches up to what the Miami Dolphins do well between the tackles. To take things a step further, Snell had one run of five yards. His remaining 4 carries went for eight total yards. Snell left Week 8 with an apparent knee injury. No additional details have been released.
2019 Week 12 vs CIN (21 / 98 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Snell has not played since the Steelers played the Miami Dolphins. Returning after arthroscopic knee surgery and being used as the primary ball carrier in place of the injured James Conner. For the most part, Snell got just what was blocked ahead of him. He was able to follow his blockers and displayed good vision, showed enough burst, and didn't fumble the ball. However, trying to run Snell outside of the tackles does not end well. He doesn't have enough speed to get to the outside on defenders. Snell did show how he was getting better throughout the game as he was wearing down the defense. On a third and short late in the fourth quarter went for 21-yards. The middle of the field was stuffed expecting a run up the middle. Snell saw no holes and bounced the ball outside.
2019 Week 13 vs CLE (16 / 63 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Started entering the game in the third quarter after the game was tied. Steelers showed a lot of trust when, after a defensive pass interference call put the ball at the one-yard line, was given the goal line carry. Snell made a strong run up the middle and squirmed free for a touchdown. Snell's best run came on a 14-yard carry. Snell ran through first contact, bounced off another defender, and lowered his head and kept driving his legs for additional yardage. Not to be outdone, Snell had a second tremendous run late in the fourth quarter with the Steelers backed up to their own one-yard line. Snell burst behind the left guard for a more than ten yards and a first down. More importantly, Snell was able to keep the clock rolling on the Steelers final drive of the game.
2019 Week 14 vs ARI (16 / 41 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Steelers have a lot of faith in Benny Snell being their grinder and their primary ball carrier. On the first drive after the punt return for a touchdown, Snell fumbles the football. Instead of removing him from the game, the Steelers went back to him. Snell's best run came in the third quarter. Snell managed to just barely get to the outside and was able to use good leg drive to push forward to make a manageable third down for the Steelers. Snell drew a facemask foul, which could have been called a horse caller, and got the ball placed at the one-yard line.
2019 Week 17 vs BAL (18 / 91 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Snell was the shining star on the Steelers offense this week. He started the game with a six-yard gain. Found a nice lane through the right side of the offensive line. His best run of the game set the Steelers up inside the 5-yard line. Snell found the perfect hole between the left guard and center. Once Snell was past the line of scrimmage, he managed to shed an attempted arm tack and keep his balance for a 19-yard gain. Snell's following carry was a rush to the outside, when the hole up the middle closed, for a rushing touchdown. This was the Steelers' only offensive touchdown of the game. This dive alone counted for six carries and forty yards of Snell's total production. Snell continued running strong on first possession of the third quarter making sharp cuts upfield through the left side of the offensive line. On the same drive Snell falls to the ground and almost takes out his center, who is already filling in for the injured Maurkice Pouncey