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Kyle Patrick 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.

Kyle Juszczyk
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Juszczyk with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013
No. 44 – San Francisco 49ers
Position:Fullback
Personal information
Born: (1991-04-23) April 23, 1991 (age 28)
Medina, Ohio
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Cloverleaf (Lodi, Ohio)
College:Harvard
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 130
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing yards:86
Rushing average:3.9
Rushing touchdowns:1
Receptions:160
Receiving yards:1,408
Receiving touchdowns:7
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Juszczyk was born in Medina, Ohio. He attended Cloverleaf High School in Lodi, Ohio, and played high school football for the Cloverleaf Colts.[2]

College careerEdit

Juszczyk attended Harvard University, where he played tight end for the Harvard Crimson football team under coach Tim Murphy.[3] He played for the Crimson from 2009–2012.[4] Following his senior season in 2012, he was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection.

Professional careerEdit

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.[5]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
248 lb
(112 kg)
4.71 s 1.60 s 2.75 s 4.19 s 6.93 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
24 reps
All values from Harvard's Pro Day[5]

Baltimore RavensEdit

The Baltimore Ravens chose Juszczyk in the fourth round (130th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.[6] He was the first fullback selected of the three chosen in the 2013 NFL Draft. Juszczyk became the first fullback drafted from Harvard and only the tenth player in school history to be drafted.[7] He was the second highest selection in school history, only behind Isaiah Kacyvenski, who was selected in the fourth round (119th overall) in the 2000 NFL Draft.[8]

2013 season: Rookie yearEdit

On May 2, 2013, the Baltimore Ravens signed Juszczyk to a four-year, $2.46 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $300,574.[9]

Juszczyk 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.[10] He made his professional regular season debut in the Ravens' season-opening 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos.[11] Throughout his rookie season, he appeared in all 16 regular season games but was used mainly on special teams and as a blocking fullback.[12]

2014 seasonEdit

The following year, Juszczyk became the Baltimore Ravens' 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.[13] 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.[14] His first career reception was a nine-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco.[15] 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.[16] Juszczyk finished the season with 19 receptions for 182 receiving yards and a touchdown while starting 14 games and appearing in all 16 games.[17][18] He was named a Pro Bowl alternate at Fullback after the 2014 season.

2015 seasonEdit

Juszczyk returned as the starting fullback in 2015 after winning the job over Kiero Small in training camp.[19] In the season-opener against the Denver Broncos, he had four catches for 17 receiving yards.[20] 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 33-30 to the Cleveland Browns.[21][22] During a Week 10 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, he made a season-high five receptions for 47 receiving yards.[23] 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.[24] On December 27, 2015, Juszczyk caught five passes for a season-high 55 receiving yards as the Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 20–17.[17][25]

Juszczyk 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.[17][26]

2016 seasonEdit

Entering the regular season in 2016, Juszczyk was the Baltimore Ravens' starter at fullback and was one of only 17 full-time fullbacks to play in 2016.[27] On September 11, 2016, 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.[28] On October 2, 2016, Juszczyk caught a career-high six passes for 56 receiving yards as the Baltimore loss to the Oakland Raiders 28-27.[29] On December 25, 2016, Juszczyk scored his first career rushing touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Christmas Day. He finished the Ravens' 27-31 loss to the Steelers with two carries for 15 rushing yards and his first NFL rushing touchdown while catching two passes for 10 receiving yards.[30] The Ravens were eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.[17] On January 20, 2017, it was announced that was elected as an original selection to his first Pro Bowl.[31] Pro Football Focus ranked Juszcyzk as the top fullback for 2016.[32] He played the most snaps of any fullback in 2016, finishing with 465, which was 115 more than any other fullback.[33]

Free agencyEdit

Juszczyk entered free agency for the first time in his career in 2017 and was the top fullback on the market. He received interest and offers from multiple teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, and the San Francisco 49ers. The Philadelphia Eagles were the top team to possibly land the prized free agent at first, but the Buffalo Bills overtook them as the favorite, as they were looking for a stable replacement for Jerome Felton.[34][35]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

On March 9, 2017, the San Francisco 49ers signed Juszczyk to a four-year, $21 million contract that includes $7 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $5 million.[9] It was the largest contract for a fullback in NFL history.[36]

2017 seasonEdit

On September 10, 2017, in his 49ers debut, Juszczyk had two receptions for 17 yards in the season opening 23–3 loss to the Carolina Panthers.[37] On December 19, 2017, Juszczyk was named to his second Pro Bowl.[38] Overall, he finished the 2017 season with 33 receptions for 315 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.[39] Juszczyk ranked fourth among all fullbacks with an overall grade of 74.8 by Pro Football Focus.[40]

2018 seasonEdit

In the 2018 season opener against the Minnesota Vikings, Juszczyk recorded a 56-yard reception in the 24–16 loss.[41] During Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs, he scored his first touchdown of the season on a 35-yard pass.[42] Overall, Juszczyk finished the 2018 season with 30 receptions for 324 yards and a receiving touchdown along with 30 rushing yards.[43]

NFL statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2013 BAL 16 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2014 BAL 16 14 0 0 0.0 0 0 19 182 9.6 33 1 2 2
2015 BAL 16 11 2 3 1.5 2 0 41 321 7.8 29 4 0 0
2016 BAL 16 7 5 22 4.4 10T 1 37 266 7.2 40 0 0 0
2017 SF 14 10 7 31 4.4 12 0 33 315 9.5 44 3 2 2
2018 SF 16 14 8 30 3.8 12 0 30 324 10.8 56 1 2 2
Career 94 56 22 86 3.9 12 1 160 1,408 8.8 56 7 6 6

PostseasonEdit

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2014 BAL 2 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 6 45 7.5 11 0 1 0
Career 2 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 6 45 7.5 11 0 1 0

ReferencesEdit

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