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Everyone is familiar with the Joe Staleys and Navorro Bowmans of the NFL. But what about the understated playmakers - those whose work goes beyond the numbers on the stats?
Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus recognized those secret superstars on every NFL roster and named fullback Kyle Juszczyk as his pick on the San Francisco 49ers roster.
Referred to as the 49ers "offensive weapon" by general manager John Lynch, Jusczcyk is coming off of his first career Pro Bowl season. He led all NFL fullbacks with 465 snaps in 2016 while playing for the Baltimore Ravens.
Take a look at what Monson had to say about Juszczyk.
*Key stat: Played 115 more snaps than any other fullback in the NFL in 2016 (for Baltimore).*
Fullback is a position of declining importance in today's NFL as offenses focus ever more on the passing game and less on three yards and a cloud of dust, so to survive and thrive in today's NFL a fullback needs to be versatile, and Kyle Juszczyk is as versatile as they get. He played significantly more snaps than any other fullback in the league in 2016, and graded well as a blocker and pass catcher, but even earned himself five carries, gaining 14 of his 22 rushing yards after contact. He should make an intriguing free agent addition to the roster.