You probably noticed Benny Snell didn’t get any clock last Sunday night in the Steelers’ nationally-televised, primetime game against the Tennessee Titans. Snell missed the entire game with a groin injury he suffered one week earlier in a preseason game against the Chiefs; however, he is expected to be back on the field tonight for Pittsburgh’s final preseason game. In his own words, he is “100 percent healthy.”
It is important for Snell to get back on the field because Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin named Snell as one of the players who “needed to to prove they can contribute to the team.”
Then when asked what Snell needs to do Thursday night, Tomlin said, “He’s just got to continue the upward trajectory of what he has shown us up to this point. I’ll be really specific there. He made a kick off tackle in the first preseason game. He made a significant punt tackle in the second preseason game. Notice I’m talking about things other than the things that you naturally measure Benny Snell in regards to because he is trying to get on the football team and carve out a role for himself.
“He’ll probably cover a punt or a kick before he carries the football and that’s just the realities of it.”
Snell carried the ball 20 times for 42 yards in Pittsburgh’s first two preseason games. Tonight he’ll get plenty of opportunities as Pittsburgh rests its starters. One reporter asked if he can handle that workload; Snell replied, “With Benny Snell football, you take a full workload every game.”
See it tonight at 7:00 pm when the Panthers host the Steelers on the NFL Network.