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Benny Snell Jr. shines in primetime after James Conner injured

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Is Snell about to become the top back in Pittsburgh?

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

After missing the postseason in 2019, the Pittsburgh Steelers returned to their normal winning ways in 2020. Opening the game down 7-0, the Steelers put up 23 unanswered points en route to a 26-16 win over the New York Giants.

They did much of their damage without star running back James Conner, who went out in the second quarter with an ankle injury. He did not return, leaving the door wide open for Kentucky Wildcats legend Benny Snell Jr.

Snell Jr. took full advantage of the opportunity, totaling 113 yards on the ground. What was even more impressive than his yardage is how much he was able to get on a mere 19 carries and put up 5.9 yards per carry.

Depending on how badly Conner is injured (he was listed as questionable to return), Snell could get the bulk of the load for the foreseeable future, as Conner struggled with the few touches he did get in this one.

Snell started two games last season while playing in 13. He put up over 400 yards, so the Steelers are obviously comfortable with him in the backfield.

With a dynamic offense led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster, the opportunity in the run game is oftentimes there for the taking. Given that opportunity, Snell against proved why he was an underrated back coming out of Kentucky.

Snell was a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Kicking off his second season on the right foot, Snell will likely see much more action in the near future, which could also make him a very valuable player for your fantasy football team as well.