The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to load up on running backs, but the franchise’s head coach is still a big fan of Benny Snell.
On Thursday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin went on SiriusXM Radio with Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller to talk football and he had some high praise for the former Kentucky Wildcat Football legend.
“I think that Benny Snell has had an awesome camp as a second-year runner and kind of has shown signs of preparedness in that way,” Tomlin said, according to Steelers Depot.
Snell came along about halfway through the 2019 season for Pittsburgh, helping fill in for then-injured running back James Conner. He finished his rookie campaign with 426 rushing yards, second most on the team behind Conner’s 464, to go along with a pair of touchdowns. Snell played in 13 of the Steelers 16 games, two of them as a starter, and collected 108 carries throughout the season.
Despite the fact that the Steelers have taken a running back in all four of the previous NFL Drafts (all within the third to fifth rounds), including former Maryland star Anthony McFarland back in April’s draft, they are still riding high on Snell’s potential. Steelers Depot also reported that Snell initially arrived at camp in great shape, even though he did not have the usual access to team facilities due to the ongoing pandemic.
While Conner is still expected to start the upcoming season as Pittsburgh’s go-to running back, Snell appears to be the clear-cut No. 2 at the moment. And for that, I might be able to talke myself into cheering for the Steelers.
Let’s relive some of his best moments in the Blue and White, shall we?