4 Steelers tumbling down depth charts during the preseason

Benny Snell #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Benny Snell #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell (24). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

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Training camp and the Hall of Fame game have not been kind to Benny Snell. The third-year back entered camp as the lead backup candidate, but his spot was far from secure due to Kalen Ballage having a similar skillset. He didn’t play in the first preseason game, and it may have been more of a detriment to him than one could have imagined.

Najee Harris was as billed, finding the tough yards despite the line doing him few favors. Worse yet for Snell, Ballage looked as billed during the first game. He was great in short-yardage and picked up the first touchdown of the game. Considering Harris will handle the bulk of the carries, being efficient in a short-yardage capacity is a must. Ballage did that, and he flashed some explosive short-yardage athleticism.

While there is still a good deal of time before cuts are made, Snell has lost a lot of ground recently. As of now, his best bet to make the roster is for the Steelers to keep four backs. That seems unlikely given the investment the team made in Harris. The team has experience with Snell, but one has to wonder what his standing with the team is at this point in the training camp process.

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While there are still a few weeks before cuts will have to be made, some players appear to be falling down depth charts. These four Steelers are currently falling down the depth chart given the state of the rest of the roster. They need to excel for the remainder of camp if they want to have a shot at making the final roster.