Benny Snell continues to impress at Pittsburgh Steelers training camp.
Last week, the former Kentucky running back earned respect from two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for his advanced skill in pass blocking situations.
After catching multiple passes out of the backfield in early reps, Snell then blocked outside linebacker Ola Adeniyi in a “Backs vs. Backers” drill, sparking his star quarterback to yell, “That’s it Benny, that’s all I need.”
“I feel like I gave him a pretty good look, as best as I could,” Snell said after the big block. “Ola’s a great defender. He made a lot of good moves. It was about getting my feet and hands right.”
He also did his part on the ground, grinding for tough yards just like he did for three years in Lexington:
— Tommy Jaggi (@TommyJaggi) July 29, 2019
With James Conner and Jaylen Samuels ahead of him on the depth chart, the former Wildcat said he’s just excited about making a name for himself early on.
“I try to compete as well as I can, win every one-on-one and there will be more to come in practice, just more opportunity for me to show what I can do,” Snell said.
Today, Snell turned heads once again.
In a media opportunity this afternoon, Roethlisberger again sang Snell’s praises, saying that he’s catching just about everything he is being thrown out of the backfield.
“I always try to throw bad balls to guys to just see what they can do,” he said. “And I threw him a lot of bad balls, and he seems to catch every single one of them. So pleasantly surprised with him in the passing game.”
After a big day at practice, the former Kentucky star made sure to make another new young Benny Snell fan, signing an infant onesie.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 3, 2019
Snell will take the field for the first time this Friday, when his Pittsburgh Steelers take on Mike Edwards and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on the NFL Network.