Steelers running back Benny Snell went into Monday night’s game thinking he was primarily going to contribute on special teams. But when James Conner went down, Snell went in — and made the most of his opportunity.
Snell finished the game with 19 carries for 113 yards, the first 100-yard rushing game of his career, and he said afterward he was glad to show what he can do as a primary ball carrier.
“Going into the games I don’t really have a mindset of how to call or what type of plays that I’ll get on offense,” Snell said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Most of my workload is on special teams so that is what I take my pride in, so whenever my time comes I know it’ll come. Opportunity presented itself tonight, and I was able to get more carries than usual.”
It’s unclear now how much time Conner will miss, but Snell has proven that he should have a role in the offense going forward.