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    ok.... wth? Nice lean, but, runs upright... looks like a bad copy and paste job per NFL.com... lol
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    Pros
    Displays tremendous patience and ability to see developing plays
    Doesn’t easily go down with arm tackles or without an earnest effort by defenders
    Effective moves in short-area confinement to evade would-be tacklers — can spin and jump-cut adequately
    Runs with quality pad lean and leg drive
    Has upside to develop into a serviceable receiver, albeit with a limited route tree
    Mostly efficient and tends to get the most out of every play’s opportunities
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    Cons
    Runs extremely upright for his height
    Takes way too much contact for longevity’s liking — copious awkward-angled hits on film. Has a hearty dosage of touches in the last two years
    Extremely productive year over year, and displayed consistency in the red zone
    Lacks breakaway ability
    Burst is just average and struggles to accelerate after coming to a stop in traffic
    Limited skills and experience as a receiver
    Questionable ability in pass protection
    Fantasy football outlook
    2013 MNF Executive Champion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelerOfDeVille View Post
    I'm late to the party, but, other than the "trade up to fill a need", this was my favorite draft moment of 2019...

    As the resident, "self proclaimed best RB evaluator on the board", I'm more sold on Snell performing to par with draft location than i am Bush, to be honest. And that's not a knock on Bush, who i think will be damn good... but, Snells' desire to win (and improve himself as a player) are off the charts and he'll prove more than worthy of a 3rd round selection.
    especially since we drafted him in the 4th round

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    especially since we drafted him in the 4th round
    sunnava...

    (i'm still not awake. between the draft, avengers and game of thrones, i may be no good til next weekend)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Maniac View Post
    People will state their opinion regardless of who doesn't like it. Gotta fight through all these people who try to control what other people say. If you feel you have to control what other people say, you need to look in the mirror.
    if it’s not a positive opinion about the coach or a draft pick then a few people here seem to take it very personal. Not sure why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    if it’s not a positive opinion about the coach or a draft pick then a few people here seem to take it very personal. Not sure why.
    I don't understand why either. They act like you've talked about their family member or something. It's not that serious; that you take it to the point of personal attacks too? Just don't get it. Nothing we say here really affects the players either way; I guess some people lose perspective.
    From the 2010-2019 season, (An 9 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

    My official proclamation: WE WILL NOT WIN ANOTHER SUPER BOWL WITH MIKE TOMLIN AS OUR HEAD COACH. So why delay the inevitable?

    FIRE MIKE TOMLIN

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    Kevin Colbert: Each of our running backs will make the other ones better

    Posted by Josh Alper on May 1, 2019, 2:07 PM EDT

    The Steelers have cycled through a number of running backs since Mike Tomlin became the head coach in 2007, but the identity of the back hasn’t done much to impact the way the team has used them.

    While many other teams have employed committees to handle the backfield duties, the Steelers have subscribed to an approach that sees one back get the lion’s share of the carries. Willie Parker, Rashard Mendenhall and Le'Veon Bell have all had turns in that role and James Conner was in the same position last year, but things may be different in 2019.

    During an interview with Mike Florio, Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert was asked if the team is moving in more of a committee direction with Conner, Jaylen Samuels and fourth-round pick Benny Snell. Colbert said that “each one of them will make the other ones better” and that the team wants to get the most out of all the backs unless someone makes it clear they should be the clear No. 1.

    “I really think that depends on who that player is,” Colbert said. “When we drafted Le’Veon, we certainly didn’t have that idea that he would be the featured guy. He forced that with his great play and he was that good, he was durable and he wanted to be on the field. James does too, but you also have to understand if you have two or three guys that can maybe get the same production then let’s make sure we’re covered and have the proper depth.”

    Colbert said he thinks Conner and Snell have similar styles while Samuels may offer the team more in the passing game. How they’ll deploy the three will be something to watch once Snell starts working with the team this month.

    https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/05/01/kevin-colbert-each-one-of-our-running-backs-will-make-the-other-ones-better/
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    Colbert Hints At RB By Committee Approach In 2019: ‘We Need To Have More Help For James And Jaylen’

    By Dave Bryan
    Posted on May 1, 2019

    For at least the immediate future, it appears as though the Pittsburgh Steelers won’t run a single running back of theirs until his proverbial wheels fall off. In fact, judging by what Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said earlier this week during an interview on 105 The X Radio, the Steelers might even use a running back by committee approach in 2019 consisting of James Conner, Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell Jr., who was drafted by the team in the fourth-round on Saturday out of Kentucky.

    “In Benny Snell’s case, he’s a good football player that knows how to play the game,” Colbert said during his recent radio interview. “He played it at a high level at one of the best conferences in college football and he was successful. So, hopefully he can bring some of that to us because we need to have more help for James and Jaylen.”

    Ever since Mike Tomlin became the Steelers head coach in 2007, only once has the franchise not had at least one Pittsburgh running back register at least 200 rushing attempts in a single-season. That lone season that they didn’t was in 2012. Additionally, in three of those previous 12 seasons the Steelers have had a running back register 300 or more carries during a single-season.

    Remember Tomlin essentially running the wheels off former Steelers running back Willie Parker in 2007 after saying that was the plan? Parker logged 321 carries in Tomlin’s first season as the Steelers head coach. Those 321 carries also came the season after he logged 337 carries in 2006, the final year of Bill Cowher as the Steelers head coach.

    Parker obviously hasn’t been the only Steelers running back to be a workhorse in Pittsburgh under Tomlin as Rashard Mendenhall, Le’Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams and even James Conner last season, all have had more than 200 carries in a single-season at least once. Four of the five seasons that Bell was with the Steelers he logged at least 244 carries in a single-season and he likely would have during the lone season that he didn’t in 2015 had he not suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 8.

    With Bell leaving for greener pastures this offseason, the Steelers decided that they should draft another running back in Snell to help compliment their two carryovers from 2018, Conner and Samuels. On the heels of his comments about the team drafting the Kentucky product to provide more help for those two running backs, Colbert was asked if he believes the days of the NFL workhorse back are now fading.

    “Yeah, I wouldn’t say it would be fading, if you were fortunate enough to have one,” Colbert said. “I was around one of those guys in Barry Sanders and if you don’t give them the ball you’re probably making a mistake. But those players are few and far between. That’s why the Hall of Famers. So, until someone proves that they can play at that level consistently, you better have good options available.

    “And I hope that, again, Benny Snell can give us some more depth, some more variety. You know, he has a similar running style to James [Conner]. You know, James isn’t the biggest or fastest, but he gets what’s there and usually finds more. So, I think that will help our group collectively. But if you had a unique one, you wouldn’t be afraid of use them as much as you could, but those guys are few and far between.”

    Last season, Conner, who was selected by the Steelers in the third-round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Pittsburgh, was well on his way to potentially logging more than 250 carries during the 2018 season as he had 201 after through 12 games played. Conner, however, suffered a high ankle sprain during the team’s 12th games against the Los Angeles Chargers and that injury kept him sidelined until the regular season finale. Conner’s rookie season was also cut short by a knee injury so he’s yet to prove he can make it through a full season.

    With Conner sidelined for three games late last season, the Steelers had no choice but to turn to Samuels, a rookie last season who the team had selected in the fifth-round of the draft out of North Carolina State, and veteran Steven Ridley. While Samuels did play above the line when given the opportunity to be the team’s primary ball carrier after Conner went down injured, Ridley’s play left a lot to be desired. Additionally, Ridley had a key fumble in the Steelers Week 15 road loss to the New Orleans Saints and that would be the last time he touched the football the remainder of the season.


    Snell, as Colbert has already mentioned quite a few times since the Steelers drafted him on Saturday, is easy to compare to Conner when it comes to the two player’s running style and overall demeanor.

    “He’s, again, I like to use the term natural with him, because he knows where the holes are,” Colbert said of Snell on Monday. “But his ability to find space in the second level once he got to the linebackers was pretty unique.he’s always going to get your four yards, minimum, and in the SEC that’s not an easy feat. But he also found extra yardage. He wasn’t going to run away from folks, he’s going to be a 4.6 runner.”

    Colbert went on to add that Snell’s type of play in college also matched what the Steelers apparently were diligently looking for in all the players they selected this year.

    “But what we really tried to emphasize this year, when we look back on our draft the year we took T.J. [Watt], JuJu [Smith-Schuster] and James Conner was they weren’t necessarily the fastest guys, they were good football players,” Colbert said.

    How many carries will Snell ultimately get during his rookie season? It’s hard to say for sure at this point of the offseason but it sure sounds like he’ll get playing time at some point during the 2019 season along with Samuels and of course Conner. At this point, it will come as shock should the 2019 regular season end with any Steelers running back logging 200 or more carries and that might not ultimately be such a bad thing.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2019/05/co...es-and-jaylen/

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    Thursday, May 02, 2019 11:00 AM

    'He has passion for the game'


    Mike Prisuta

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    Why you should be excited about fourth-round pick Benny Snell Jr.:


    He’s productive: Snell, a 5-foot-10, 224-pound running back, rushed for a program-record 3,873 yards and a program-record 48 touchdowns in three seasons at Kentucky.


    He’s a closer: Snell carried eight consecutive times for 22 yards and two first downs on a series that began with 4:12 remaining and Kentucky leading Penn State by three points in the Citrus Bowl. The Wildcats eventually punted and the Nittany Lions took over with one second left in regulation.


    NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah called Snell a “four-minute back.”


    He’s decorated: Snell was a team captain, a first-team All-SEC pick and a second-team All-American selection in 2018.


    He’s in great company: Snell and Herschel Walker are the only players in SEC history to rush for at least 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns in their first three seasons.


    He’s all in: “In today's college environment, a lot of these kids are skipping their bowl games as they head into their pro careers,” General Manager Kevin Colbert pointed out. “That's a choice that they make. But when a player like Benny Snell ends up playing for his team in his bowl game, we really like to acknowledge that and give him credit for putting his team and that win over his own priorities.”


    Added running backs coach Eddie Faulkner: “Very evident when you sit down with this young man how much he has passion for the game, how much he loves it, how he loves being around it. We were very interested in finding someone who had a passion and just loves football, and that's Benny Snell. As soon as you turn on his tape, and watch how he plays the game, he mirrors that same amount of passion. He plays physical, plays hard, and quite honestly represents the Steelers’ brand.”


    He helped elevate the program at Kentucky: Snell, in the estimation of draft analyst Dane Brugler of The Athletic, was “the workhorse of the Wildcats’ offense and a substantial reason for the program’s 10-win season in 2018, the first double-digit win season for Kentucky since 1977.” Head coach Mike Tomlin said Snell “was really a central figure in the culture change in terms of what went on at Kentucky, competing and winning and what he was able to do down there.”


    He’s passing-game capable: Snell only had 29 receptions for 216 yards in three seasons at Kentucky, but Faulkner saw what he needed to see from Snell leading up to the draft in terms of his ability to contribute in the passing game.


    “I had those same question marks, and things that I would like to see,” Faulkner said. “But what you do see him do on tape is play the Wildcat (offense). There's a lot to being a running back and non-quarterback, and catching a snap and then being able to get your eyes on your reads as a running back, and he's able to do that. That takes a lot of hand-eye coordination.


    “When we worked him on the Pro Day, he caught every ball, caught it with his hands, was natural, was able to get in and out of his breaks, and run the routes we would want him to run. It was good to see. He can do all of those things.”


    He has NFL bloodlines: Snell’s great uncle is Matt Snell, a running back who helped Joe Namath and the Jets shock the world by beating the Colts in Super Bowl III.

    https://www.steelers.com/news/he-has-passion-for-the-game
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    Will Steelers employ RB committee approach in '19?

    By Kevin Patra
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    Published: May 2, 2019

    For years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been mainly a one-back team, grinding that runner, play-in and play-out.

    With Le'Veon Bell officially gone, might the Steelers consider joining the running back-by-committee approach?

    Steelers GM Kevin Colbert, who was with Detroit when Barry Sanders played for the Lions many moons ago, suggested a committee approach with James Conner, Jaylen Samuels and fourth-round rookie Benny Snell could be in the Steelers' best interest.

    "I wouldn't say it would be fading if you were fortunate enough to have one," Colbert told 105.9 The X this week when asked about workhorse backs disappearing, via The Athletic. "I was around one of those guys in Barry Sanders, and if you don't give them the ball, you're probably making a mistake. But those players are few and far between -- that's why they're Hall of Famers. Until someone proves they can play at that level consistently, you better have good options available.

    "I hope that Benny Snell can give us some more variety. He has a similar running style as James. James isn't the biggest or fastest, but he gets what's there and usually finds more. I think that will help our group collectively, but if you had a unique one, you wouldn't be afraid to use him as much as you could, but those guys are few and far between."

    Whether Colbert's message makes it to Tomlin is a completely different question.

    Since taking over as coach in 2007, Tomlin teams have always been one-back operations, when they can. From 'Fast' Willie Parker to Rashard Mendenhall to Le'Veon Bell, Tomlin teams have preferred to ride an RB until he can't run anymore. The only years when carries were split came due to injury -- which is how you got the Jonathan Dwyer/Isaac Redman duo combining for 266 totes in 2012.

    Even as Bell sat out last season, Tomlin rode Conner hard, giving the second-year player 215 carries in 13 games.

    When Conner missed time, Samuels carried the load, despite getting little chance to get his feet wet in games prior.

    In Tomlin's first season, he famously said he planned to ride Parker until "the wheels come off." That he did with Parker and then Mendenhall, each of whose careers fell off a cliff after massive workloads. Bell's final season in Pittsburgh saw him carry 321 times before sitting out last year.

    This season, Colbert would like to see a more balanced approach in the backfield that could prolong careers and make the Steelers more potent in the long run.

    Snell provides similar traits to Conner, sporting a downhill, blunt running style with vision and power to back up his tough running style.

    Given how Conner's season ended -- with the RB dealing with nagging injuries -- an RBBC approach could behoove a Steelers offense that lost two dynamic weapons this offseason.

    Whether Tomlin can help himself when one RB gets hot remains the biggest question.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...approach-in-19

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