Snelling is vital to the offense because he does so many different things. On his 131 touches last season, Snelling racked up 627 yards (4.7 yards per) and scored five touchdowns.
Snelling is very good at receiving out of the backfield. He's also good at blocking and has proven sufficient running with the ball in his hands, to the tune of a 4.1 yards a carry the past two years.
On Sunday, the Falcons signed Snelling to a one-year deal, so that he could continue his services for the team this season.
With Turner slowing down a good bit towards the end of the season last year, I expect Snelling to get a little bit more of the carries out of the backfield. His carries should go to somewhere in the 110-125 range, if I had to guess this year.
Whether or not Snelling returns for the 2012 season, his importance will still be felt to the team this year. If we had not brought him back, then rookie Jacquizz Rodgers would have more than likely been forced into the second-string spot for this season. Now Rodgers will get some time to learn the ropes—and the playbook—before he has to take on a big-time role so early in his career.
This re-signing won't be a big deal to the media, but front offices around the league know how important Snelling is to the Falcons, and any team would love to have him as a backup.