Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell is trying out with the Denver Broncos during the team’s minicamp this week, according to Mike Klis of 9News Denver.
Snell, 25, had played his entire four-year career in with the Steelers since joining the team as a fourth-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The 5-foot-10, 224-pound running back was known for his powerful running style, dubbed “Benny Snell Football,” during his time at Kentucky.
With the Steelers, snell started strong in 2019, but faded throughout the rest of his career. He rushed 108 times for 426 yards (3.9 yards per carry ) and two touchdowns as a rookie backup to James Conner in 2019.
In 2020, Snell started three games behind in place of Conner and rushed 111 times for 368 yards and four scores. His playing time fell further in 2021 when the Steelers drafted Najee Harris. Snell rushed 36 times for 98 yards.
Last season, he was passed on the depth chart by undrafted rookie Jaylen Warren. But despite his reduced role, Snell stepped up in the Steelers’ road win over the Indianapolis Colts.
A free agent for the first time in his career this spring, Snell did not attract significant interest from around the league.
The Steelers have not replaced him on their roster, as 2022 practice squad players Anthony McFarland and Jason Huntley are currently the top options to be the third-string back behind Harris and Warren.
The Broncos have Javonte Williams and Samaje Perine at the top of their depth chart at running back, with Snell entering a competition with Tony Jones Jr., Tyler Badie and and rookie Jaleel McLaughlin.
In addition to Snell, the Broncos are also trying out former Steelers kicker Randy Bullock.