Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell Jr. tweaked his groin against the Kansas City Chiefs after recording a team-high seven carries. Sadly, Snell Jr. only turned those seven touches into 16 yards.
Although he had some notable moments, Snell Jr. overall wasn’t too dominant. However, when the Steelers had their backs against the wall, Snell came up huge with two fourth-down conversions.
Drafted in the fourth round, Snell Jr. will likely be backing up James Conner and Jaylen Samuels. As of now, he is ahead of the rest of the pack in terms of where he stands on the team’s 90-man roster.
Aside from Conner and Malik Williams, Snell Jr. has the highest-rated Pro Football Focus (premium content) grade of backs that saw over three carries. We didn’t get to see Snell Jr. in any pass block situations either.
Throughout his first two games, Snell Jr. has played as expected. While he’s yet to provide anything thrilling for Pittsburgh’s offense, he has been consistent, showing up when called upon.
That said, it’s unfortunate that this injury may force him out of the Steelers Week 3 matchup against the Titans. Still fighting for a significant role in this offense as a rookie, Snell needs to show more in the preseason, but it sounds like he may not get that chance until Week 4 when it’s mostly fringe roster players seeing playing time.
If his NFL career even somewhat resembles what he did in college, Snell Jr. will be an absolute beast. His junior season at Kentucky, the 5-foot-10, 220-pound back went for over 1,500 all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns.
Alongside Josh Allen, Snell Jr. led the Wildcats to third first 10-win season in over 40 years. He helped build a winning culture in Lexington, and let’s hope we can do similarly in Pittsburgh.