Kyle Juszczyk

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Kyle Juszczyk
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Juszczyk with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013
No. 44 San Francisco 49ers
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-04-23) April 23, 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth: Medina, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Lodi (OH) Cloverleaf
College: Harvard
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 130
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2016
Rushing yards: 25
Rushing touchdowns: 1
Receptions: 95
Receiving yards: 768
Receiving touchdowns: 5
Player stats at NFL.com

Kyle Juszczyk (/ˈjsɛk/ YOOSS-chek;[1] born April 23, 1991) is an American football fullback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Harvard, and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Juszczyk was born in Medina, Ohio. He attended Cloverleaf High School in Lodi, Ohio, and played high school football for the Cloverleaf Colts.

College career[edit]

Juszczyk attended Harvard University, where he played tight end for the Harvard Crimson football team under coach Tim Murphy.[2] Following his senior season in 2012, he was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Coming out of Harvard, many analysts and scouts projected Juszczyk to be a third or fourth round pick. NFLDraftscout.com ranked him the best fullback out of the 94 available. Although he was not invited to the NFL Combine, Juszczyk performed all the required drills and positional workouts at Harvard's Pro Day.[3]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 248 lb 4.71 s 1.60 s 2.75 s 4.19 s 6.93 s 37 in 10 ft 1 in 24 reps
All values from Harvard's Pro Day[3]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

The Baltimore Ravens chose Juszczyk in the fourth round (130th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was the first fullback selected of the three chosen in the 2013 Draft.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

2013[edit]

He entered training camp his rookie year competing with veteran Vonta Leach to be the Raven's starting fullback. He was named Leach's backup to begin the regular season.[4] He made his professional regular season debut in the Raven's season-opening 27-49 loss to the Denver Broncos. Throughout his rookie season, he appeared in all 16 regular season games but was used mainly on special teams and as a blocking fullback.

2014[edit]

The following year, Juszczyk became the Baltimore Raven's starting fullback with the release of Vonta Leach in February. He also switched his jersey number from #40 to #44, which he had worn at Harvard and Leach had worn the season before. He earned his first career start in the Raven's season-opener loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. On September 21, 2014, he caught three passes for a season-high 54 receiving yards and caught his first career touchdown reception during a 23-21 defeat of the Cleveland Browns. His first career reception was a nine-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco.[5] In a Week 10 matchup against the Tennessee Titans, Juszczyk caught a season-high three passes for 26 receiving yards during a 21-7 victory. Juszczyk finished the season with 19 receptions for 182 receiving yards and a touchdown while starting 14 games and appearing in all 16.[6] He was named a Pro Bowl alternate at Fullback after the 2014 season.

2015[edit]

He returned as the starting fullback in 2015 after winning the job over Kiero Small in training camp.[7] In the season-opener against the Denver Broncos, he had four catches for 17 receiving yards. On October 11, 2015, Juszczyk caught three passes for 31 receiving yards and caught his first touchdown of the season, on an eight-yard pass from Joe Flacco, as the Ravens lost 30-33 to the Cleveland Browns.[8] During a Week 10 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, he made a season-high five reception for 47 receiving yards. The next game, he caught three passes for ten yards and had his first two career carries for three rushing yards during Baltimore's 16-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams. On December 27, 2015, Juszczyk caught a five passes for a season-high 55 receiving yards as the Raven's routed the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-17.[6]

He finished the 2015 season with career-highs in receptions (42), receiving yards (321), and receiving touchdowns (4). Juszczyk only had two rushing attempts for three yards in 16 games and 11 starts.[6]

2016[edit]

Entering the regular season in 2016, Juszczyk was the Baltimore Raven's de facto starter at fullback. In the season-opener against the Buffalo Bills, he caught two passes for 22 receiving yards and had one carry for two yards as the Ravens won 13-7. On October 2, 2016, Juszczyk caught a career-high six passes for 56 receiving yards as the Baltimore loss to the Oakland Raiders 27-28. On January 20, 2016, it was announced that was elected as an original selection to his first Pro Bowl.[9] On December 25, 2016, Juszczyk scored his first career rushing touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He finished the Ravens' 27-31 loss to the Steelers with two carries for 15 rushing yards and a touchdown while catching two passes for 10 receiving yards. The Ravens were eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.[6]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

On March 9, 2017, Juszczyk signed a four-year, $21 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers, the biggest contract ever for a fullback in NFL history.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mink, Ryan. "The Caw: Juszczyk - A Writer's Personal Nightmare," Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, May 5, 2013.
  2. ^ Connolly, John (26 April 2013). "Professional approach by Kyle Juszczyk". Boston Herald. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Kyle Juszczyk, DS #1 FB, Harvard: 2013 NFL Draft". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Ourlads.com: Baltimore Raven's Depth Chart: 9/1/2013". ourlads.com. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 3-2014: Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns". NFL.com. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d "NFL Player Profile: Kyle Juszczyk". NFL.com. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Baltimore Raven's Depth Chart: 09/01/2015". ourlads.com. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  8. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 5-2015: Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens". NFL.com. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  9. ^ "NFL announces 2017 Pro Bowl rosters". NFL.com. December 20, 2016. 
  10. ^ "49ers Agree to Terms with Seven Free Agents". 49ers.com. March 9, 2017. 

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