Mike Tomlin is excited with the roster the Pittsburgh Steelers have put together in 2020 and there's one name in particular he's anxious to see. While speaking about the upcoming season, Tomlin revealed that he believes Benny Snell will ‘continue to take off' in 2020.
In an appearance on “Coffee with Cal” with Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, Tomlin spoke about Snell's sophomore campaign:
“I’m excited about year-two,” Tomlin said of Benny Snell Jr. “You know how it is, you’ve been a lap around the track, you kind of know how to ground is laid. He had some contribution to us a year ago and it’s reasonable to expect him to just continue to take off and be a big-time guy for us.”
Last offseason, Snell was a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Steelers out of Kentucky. Given his connection to Kentucky, Tomlin could have mentioned him while speaking to Calipari. But Tomlin appears to be extremely confident in the second-year back.
In his rookie season, Snell saw a decent-sized role with James Conner dealing with injuries in 2019. Over the course of the season, the Kentucky product scampered for 426 yards on 108 attempts and two touchdowns.
While his 3.9 yards per attempt weren't very impressive, he also didn't get a chance to play much with Ben Roethlisberger. As a result, he was seeing stacked boxes, with teams setting out to stop Pittsburgh's rushing attack.
Besides Snell, he will have to compete for touches with Conner, Jaylen Samuels, and rookie Anthony McFarland. With that being said, Tomlin is ecstatic to see how Snell performs in his second year with the Steelers.