Benny Snell just received his final taste of Pittsburgh Steelers football before training camp begins next month. Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher is excited to see what the future holds.
“I’m expecting it to be really physical,” he told reporters yesterday. “Everyday is going to be grind. It’s always been a grind, but once I hear ‘Latrobe;’ Latrobe is the real deal. I’m going to make sure I prepare my body the best. I’m looking forward to it.”
The Latrobe he is referring to is the home of Steelers training camp for the last 54 years. Snell will have until Thursday, July 25 to report to camp, with practice set to begin the following day. Until then, he’s balancing rest and work.
“You gotta be able to get your work in and give your body a rest at the same time. With camp coming up, this is make or break. I gotta lean towards making sure my body is correct. I’m going to give myself a little time off, but I know I gotta get after it these next weeks.”
Snell has upped the stakes to “make or break.” Really it’s his chance to break into the running back rotation. Competing against James Conner and Jaylen Samuels, Snell got his toes wet in a couple of mini camps. Now acclimated to the speed and physicality of the NFL, the final step for Snell is to earn the respect of his teammates and coaches.
“It’s still all happening so fast,” Snell said. “I knew I’d have to come in and work. It wasn’t going to be easy. The tempo was going to be faster than it normally is for college ball. Then I was kind of fresh. You’re the rookie guy. You’ve gotta to learn everybody. You’ve got to build your reputation so people can respect you.”
Once he pushes a pile and breaks a tackle or two, it won’t take long for the Steelers to embrace Benny Snell football.