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Steelers All 91: RB Benny Snell

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All 91 is a Pittsburgh Steelers Now series profiling each of the 91 members of the Steelers 2019 training camp roster.

24 • Benny Snell, rookie running back

Last year: Was Kentucky’s starter and top running back for the third straight year as a junior. Left a year early for the NFL and was drafted in the third round by the Steelers.

Stats: Rushed for 1,449 yards on 289 carries, for a 5.0 yards per carry average. Scored 16 touchdowns and also caught 17 passes for 105 yards.

Accolades, Highlights:

Broke or tied 14 Kentucky records, including career rushing yards, total touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and 100-yard gams. Was a second-team All-America and first-team All-SEC in 2018.

Camp outlook: Enters as a fairly clear No. 3 on the depth chart at running back behind James Conner and Jaylen Samuels.

It’s doubtful that will change, but how much Snell becomes a part of the Steelers in-game packages will remain a question. Pass protection and his receiving skills will be keys.

Projected role: Will likely serve as a breather option for James Conner on first and second downs, while Samuels serves more of a Swiss Army knife role and gets more work on third downs.

Coverage links:

Exclusive with Steelers Running Back Benny Snell

An Introduction to ‘Benny Snell Football’

Steelers Sign RB Benny Snell

Steelers Draft Kentucky RB Benny Snell in 4th Round

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20

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James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.

This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

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Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.

Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”

The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.

Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.

Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20

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The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.

Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

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