Benny Snell is inching closer and closer to snatching the starting running back job in Pittsburgh.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the former Kentucky Wildcat will split carries with fellow Steelers running back James Conner for Sunday’s 1:00 p.m. EST matchup against the Denver Broncos. Snell ran for 113 yards on 19 carries in Week 1 against the New York Giants, third-most in the NFL, after Conner suffered an ankle injury early in the game.
From @NFLGameDay: #49ers TE George Kittle, out today, is battling a knee sprain and a bone bruise, but he's got a chance to play next week, source said. Meanwhile, the #Steelers will split carries amid the emergence of Benny Snell. pic.twitter.com/yYhbXna0vM
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 20, 2020
“Interesting situation developing with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back,” Rapoport said earlier on Sunday. “James Conner has been the starter for some time. Had a rough game last week, little bit of an ankle injury, and then Benny Snell had a hundred-yard game. My understanding is they are expected to split carries and we will see if Snell can snag that starting job from James Conners’ hands.”
Conner’s injury history dates back to the previous few seasons, as he most recently missed six games in 2019 due to a shoulder injury. He was unavailable for Wednesday’s practice, although he did participate on Thursday and Friday, but it sounds like his job as the RB1 in Pittsburgh is in serious jeopardy. Snell was incredible against the Giants’ defense in Week 1 and was impressive as a rookie throughout the second half of last year. We talked a week ago about how it was time to name Snell the starter for good, and Sunday’s game should be another stepping stone for him to reach that goal.
Can I get a Snell Yeah?