Good Monday to you Steelers fans.
The running back position for the Pittsburgh Steelers is currently one of depth. We knew coming into Training Camp that there would be a serious battle to make the active roster. Assumptions were made that James Conner would be RB1, Benny Snell would be the short yardage and late-game hammer and the change of pace back would be Kerrith Whyte and then eventually Anthony McFarland, Jr. You’ll notice I didn’t mention Jaylen Samuels and that’s because right now, I don’t know where he fits. Due to the lack of OTAs and no preseason, I think he makes the roster. I do think as the season goes he could become less involved if Whyte and especially McFarland come on. Benny Snell however has suddenly however made things very interesting. Snell showed up about ten pounds lighter and in better shape than he did in his rookie campaign. During his first professional season he impressed with his ability to take contact and keep going forward. By season’s end, he had established himself as a reliable, between the tackles runner. With a couple of weeks under his belt in Camp, it has become apparent that he’s looking to be more than just a situational player. He has shown some ‘wiggle’ that has gained him extra yardage and he has displayed some very nice hands catching balls out of the backfield. I am not in any way suggesting that Snell will suddenly take over for Conner as the primary back simply because Conner has proven to be more dynamic. What Snell could provide though is some insurance. I don’t need to explain Conner’s injury history to you; it is was it is. But if Snell can be more than what he was in 2019 then perhaps he becomes a much more reliable and ‘in-demand’ back in 2020.
Tweet of the Day… What she said.
— Ellie Finnerty (@elliefinnerty) August 31, 2020
Concern Level Growing….
If a Steelers’ fan asks me what I’m worried about these days I usually answer before they can finish answering the question. “Offensive Line” is my standard answer and it’s the number one concern I have right now and nothing else is even close. David DeCastro left Friday night’s practice early with an injury. He has not been 100% at all during this Camp and my concern there is growing. The right tackle battle between Zach Banner and Chuks Okorafor has been intense but has yet to produce any certainty as far as who wins the job. As I’ve said here and as we’ve said on the podcast, the Steelers want Okorafor to win this battle but they aren’t going to just hand it to him. From everything I’m gathering he’s going to start there on opening night but there are concerns. To this point, Matt Feiler remains at left guard but I’m not ruling out a return to the tackle spot just yet. Maurkice Pouncey has missed time with personal issues and rookie Kevin Dotson has dealt with a nagging injury but has displayed some good form in recent days. For all of the offensive weapons this team has they won’t mean a damn thing if the offensive line can’t do its job.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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