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5 Things to Know about 49ers FB Kyle Juszczyk

Posted Mar 10, 2017

Get to know on of the 49ers newest playmakers, a do-it-all fullback who made the Pro Bowl in 2016 with the Baltimore Ravens.

 

Among the San Francisco 49ers initial wave of free-agent acquisitions is do-it-all fullback Kyle Juszczyk.

Originally a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, Juszczyk has been a consistent performer for four years and even made his first Pro Bowl this past season. Here are five facts about one of the newest weapons in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

1. He’s got a fantastic nickname

The fullback’s last name is a cheat code to win any game of hangman. Spelling J-u-s-z-c-z-y-k with it’s lone vowel and seven consonants is a bear to remember. Pronouncing it is an entirely different challenge.

Let’s say it all together – “YOOZ-check.”

But for short, you can call him “Juice.” Juszczyk’s nickname has followed him throughout his football career as a solid workaround to avoid his unique last name.

2. He’s at the top of the NFL as his position

Juszczyk made the Pro Bowl in 2016, but his most impressive campaign from a statistical standpoint came in 2015. He led all NFL fullbacks with 41 receptions, 321 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Each of those numbers are still career-highs for Juszczyk.

3. He’s (probably) smarter than you

NFL broadcasts are not shy about pointing out which players went to Ivy League schools. Six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk was often featured in commercials about his Harvard ties. It’s impossible to watch a game featuring Ryan Fitzpatrick without hearing at some point that the quarterback is also a Crimson alum.

Juszczyk, too, is a Harvard man. His heralded college resume was coupled with a productive playing career. Juszczyk caught 125 passes for 1,576 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns as a college H-back/tight end.

4. He’s got the NFL in his bloodline

Juszczyk’s uncle, Rick “Dickie” Moore, played professionally for two seasons after going to school at Villanova. The Green Bay Packers selected Moore in the first round (12th overall) in the 1969 NFL Draft where he played for two seasons.

5. He’s a Swiss Army Knife

When we call Juszczyk a “do-it-all” player, we do so with good reason.

He lined up all over the field for the Ravens in 2016. Per Jeff Deeney of Pro Football Focus, Juszczyk played 51 percent of his snaps at halfback, 32 percent at fullback, slot receiver eight percent, wide receiver seven percent and tight end three percent.

He also has a reliable set of hands having caught 97 of his 133 career targets.


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