Snell gained 23 yards on his lone carry and wasn't targeted in Sunday's 28-26 loss to Seattle.
While Snell only got one touch here, his workload could climb if James Conner -- who exited in the second half due to a knee injury -- is forced to miss any time moving forward. Jaylen Samuels would like be the primary beneficiary of a Conner absence, but the rookie fourth-rounder out of Kentucky would likely mix in as well and looked good on his lone touch in this one.
Snell rushed eight times for 12 yards and caught two of three targets for 23 yards in Thursday night's 25-19 preseason loss to the Panthers.
Snell missed Pittsburgh's third exhibition contest due to a slight groin ailment, but was back on the field to finish his first preseason Thursday. Although the rookie fourth-rounder didn't get much going on the ground, he flashed some ability in the passing game. That versatility could serve him well as he competes for snaps behind James Conner and Jaylen Samuels at tailback this season.
Snell (groin) said Tuesday that he's "100 percent" healthy, Chris Adamski of TribLive.com reports.
Snell noted that he feels healthy enough to handle a full workload. The rookie fourth-round pick missed some time due to a groin injury suffered Aug. 17 and now appears back to full capacity. He's working to carve out a role behind James Conner and Jaylen Samuels in Pittsburgh's running back room.
Snell (groin) isn't expected to suit up for Sunday's preseason contest at Tennessee, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Snell suffered a groin injury in the Steelers' second exhibition on Aug. 17 and hasn't practiced in the interim. Despite this fact, Dulac called Snell's health concern "an undisclosed injury that is not expected to be serious." Snell likely is dealing with the former, so the fact that it's minor bodes well for a return to practice in the near future.
Snell suffered a groin injury during Saturday's preseason win against the Chiefs, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
During the contest, Snell earned a team-high seven carries, which he used to eke out 16 yards. He also caught two of three passes for five yards. Although coach Mike Tomlin said this injury isn't serious, Snell's health will be one to watch over the Steelers' last two exhibitions, when he would have been looking to establish himself as the No. 3 running back behind James Conner and Jaylen Samuels.
Snell rushed 13 times for 26 yards and brought in two of three targets for 25 yards in the Steelers' 30-28 preseason win over the Buccaneers on Friday.
The 2019 fourth-round pick comfortably paced the Steelers backfield in carries, even though he found precious little running room on most of them. The rookie's extensive involvement was encouraging, however, as he battles the likes of Jaylen Samuels and Trey Edmunds for a backup role behind James Conner, who did not play Friday. Samuels and Edmunds may eat into some of Snell's carries in coming exhibitions, and it's certainly conceivable that at least two of the three backs stick on the final roster behind Conner.
Snell is listed behind James Conner and Jaylen Samuels at running back on the Steelers' initial unofficial depth chart of 2019.
Per Mark Kaboly of The Athletic, the rookie fourth-round pick is "is a hard runner and a little quicker than expected, but [Snell is] a rookie out there making rookie mistakes." That's the sort of mixed review not uncommon for first-year players, but at 5-foot-10 and 224 pounds, Snell is the kind of power back who could make an impact as the season rolls along if either of the players ahead of him on the depth chart miss time. He's therefore among the group of rookie backs worthy of a late-round dart in fantasy drafts or as a late flyer in auctions, given how fluid NFL backfields can been once injuries hit.
The Steelers selected Snell in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 122nd overall.
This pick doesn't make a ton of sense for the Steelers on the surface beyond adding some depth behind James Conner. Snell's production at Kentucky is beyond question -- he rewrote the school's record books with three separate 1,000-yard seasons. He also picked up 48 rushing scores along the way. The question is how his athleticism, or lack thereof, will translate in the NFL. Snell ran a 4.66 40-yard dash at the combine and his 29.5-inch vertical was in the fourth percentile for running backs. He will have to rely on his vision and physical running style to stick in the NFL, but it's unlikely he'll be on a starter's trajectory at any point.
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