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Kyle Juszczyk thinks one play made him a lot of money

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Kyle Juszczyk got on the field for 463 snaps on offense and another 322 plays on special teams for the Ravens last year, but he can point out one play in particular that helped him earn a four-year, $21 million contract with the 49ers in free agency.

Juszczyk is normally a blocking fullback, and he has only carried the ball seven times in 64 games in his career. But one of those carries was a sensational touchdown run against the Steelers, and he believes that one is part of why the 49ers and other teams noticed him and made him a hot commodity as a free agent.

“I think that play’s probably a big reason for the money I got,” Juszczyk told Peter King of TheMMQB.com. “I think it showed my power, and a little bit of me as an athlete.”

The 49ers aren’t going to make Juszczyk their primary ball carrier, but they’ll probably give him the ball more often than the Ravens did, while also using him as a receiver out of the backfield, a tight end in some sets, a special teams player and, of course, a blocking fullback. He’s a versatile player who showed that he can serve as a running threat when that’s what’s asked of him.

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29 Responses to “Kyle Juszczyk thinks one play made him a lot of money”
  1. urfinished says: Mar 13, 2017 8:37 AM

    It’s that…but mainly the 49ers are overpaying everyone with a pulse after two horrible years.

  2. streetyson says: Mar 13, 2017 8:42 AM

    Far too much money for a blocking FB. Of course he’ll get the occasional big play – simply because he almost never sees the ball – but any team paying that much for that sort of guy is nuts.

  3. bettis3636 says: Mar 13, 2017 8:47 AM

    Hes right… that play showed his power and i def think teams noticed.. but im a Steeler fan and ive seen this kid for years, hes done a lot of good things for Balt… hes def earned his new contract esp for a position that no one sees as valuable anymore!

  4. amishninjas says: Mar 13, 2017 8:50 AM

    It’s almost like the GM in San Francisco doesn’t exactly know what he’s doing.

  5. jxt2521 says: Mar 13, 2017 8:50 AM

    I just like seeing guys like this being used creatively and in different roles.

  6. 1captain1 says: Mar 13, 2017 8:50 AM

    That’s ok, the owner makes a lot more.

  7. tylawspick6 says: Mar 13, 2017 8:53 AM

    You’re still overrated and had no business going to the Pro Bowl over James Develin.

  8. ninetysixer says: Mar 13, 2017 8:54 AM

    Ravens – smart
    49ers – not smart

    Ozzie got Woodhead for a third of the cost and will now sign an undrafted fullback.

  9. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Mar 13, 2017 8:59 AM

    ninety sixer. the ravens are far from smart and ozzy is the most over rated g.m. in the history of sports

  10. thesteelhurtin says: Mar 13, 2017 9:30 AM

    ninetysixer says:
    Mar 13, 2017 8:54 AM

    Ravens – smart
    49ers – not smart

    Ozzie got Woodhead for a third of the cost and will now sign an undrafted fullback.

    __________________________
    Wow he got a 32 year old RB coming off an ACL tear. What a find!

  11. iamfakejesus says: Mar 13, 2017 9:34 AM

    I think/know my 49ers overpaid him. But really. Who wanted to come to San Fran…gotta give them a reason. But I do like what he brings. Just not expecting miracles from a fullback.

  12. footballmaven says: Mar 13, 2017 9:36 AM

    With that new contract Kyle can buy himself a couple of vowels

  13. thenewguy12 says: Mar 13, 2017 9:59 AM

    He took less money to play for the 49ers and Shanahan so clearly they were not the only team that valued him highly. If you see him as just a fullback, it is a bad deal. If you see him as someone that can play TE as well, that can block, catch, run and be moved around all over the offense, play all three downs, its a fair deal.

  14. qbarrel says: Mar 13, 2017 10:02 AM

    thesteelhurtin says:
    Mar 13, 2017 9:30 AM
    ninetysixer says:
    Mar 13, 2017 8:54 AM

    Ravens – smart
    49ers – not smart

    Ozzie got Woodhead for a third of the cost and will now sign an undrafted fullback.

    __________________________
    Wow he got a 32 year old RB coming off an ACL tear. What a find!

    ——————–

    He’s one of my favorite players going back to his days in NE, but you’re right – I don’t expect him to be the same player at his age and after his injury.

  15. mrboado says: Mar 13, 2017 10:02 AM

    Congrats! Hopefully, you are success enough to see that contract through. NFL is a tough bizniz.

  16. freebird2011 says: Mar 13, 2017 10:04 AM

    If there was one play to highlight, I thought it was the 40 yard catch and run against the Patriots where KJ left Kyle Van Noy grasping at air.

  17. omeimontis says: Mar 13, 2017 10:19 AM

    The Niners have been pretty awful scoring inside the red zone, even during the years they went to 3 straight NFC championship games. Frank Gore was a good runner but he did not do well scoring TDs inside the red zone. The Niners did sign a power running back who used to be a Giant after the Giants won the SB, but he was injured and played little. He was then cut. If this signing gives them the ability to score from within the red zone, then it is a good signing. In fact they did not try to run the ball in the final series in the Super Bowl. It was all passing, but they failed to score. Of course when they had Kap, they could could have tried to let him score by rushing, but that is history now.

  18. ncfloyd says: Mar 13, 2017 10:20 AM

    The Steelers let him score to get the ball back and drive down the field to win the game. Harbaugh got played!

  19. tylawspick6 says: Mar 13, 2017 10:29 AM

    If there was one play to highlight, I thought it was the 40 yard catch and run against the Patriots where KJ left Kyle Van Noy grasping at air

    —-

    Yeah, that was so memorable, no one even remembers it.

    You Ravens fans are some of the strangest fans in sports. Piddly little sports market.

  20. pau49ers says: Mar 13, 2017 10:32 AM

    I’m waiting for Dant’a Hightower to announce his visit to SF. We have the money to sign him and we can cut Ahmad Brooks to free up even more money. Ahmad Brooks is grossly overpaid. The difference in money between Brooks and Hightower makes this a no brainer.

  21. xxsweepthelegxx says: Mar 13, 2017 10:36 AM

    Don’t recall the run, but just watched it via the link. Not that impressed. I mean, he beat a straight up tackle of Mitchell the safety 1:1 but that was it. He broke A tackle…count it, ONE tackle. Again, great job but it wasn’t THAT incredible of a highlight/moment.

  22. xxsweepthelegxx says: Mar 13, 2017 10:44 AM

    @freebird

    Now that was a better play by Kyle in my opinion as well. Being s Pats fan I remember that one more clearly.

  23. Lancane says: Mar 13, 2017 10:57 AM

    Everyone wearing an NFL jersey is getting overpaid unless under contract. And those who have had more success get irrational when they see this. Look how much Okung and Kalil got though both are mediocre, or Glennon got despite him being a 27 year old back-up, Osweiler did the same last year. This whole game is about potential, especially in a year where the market is riddled with second level and over the age talent.

    All General Managers are playing slots right now, hoping the dollar machines turn into jackpots. Just the nature of the business.

  24. jjackwagon says: Mar 13, 2017 11:34 AM

    He’s right…no one out side of the AFCN has ever heard of the guy, so I am sure that play increased his visibility to the rest of the league. But one play is no reason to overpay him.

  25. jnova80 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:35 PM

    Funny how San Fran is getting heat for “overpaying” him when there was one other team (the Bills possibly) that offered more money.

  26. ak185 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:47 PM

    If you watched Shanahan’s offense in Atlanta, you’ll know how important the fullback is as both a blocker and a runner-reciever out of the backfield. The Niners needed someone who could do both and was still young.

    So he’s worth more to them (and a team like the Bills or maybe the Seahawks) because of the importance of that role in their offense and because he’s an athletic blocker. If you’ve seen him in Baltimore (another of the teams where the fullback has been more important) you’ll know that he’s done a lot for them as a blocker. That game against the Steelers brought him a lot of love as a runner, but his other handful of carries show he’s got some potential as a limited ball carrier in the future.

  27. touchdowndances says: Mar 13, 2017 12:59 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 10:29 AM
    If there was one play to highlight, I thought it was the 40 yard catch and run against the Patriots where KJ left Kyle Van Noy grasping at air

    —-

    Yeah, that was so memorable, no one even remembers it.

    You Ravens fans are some of the strangest fans in sports. Piddly little sports market.

    Why is it that NE fans get butthurt over every little slight / dig at their team? Look guys, you won (again). Be happy, but don’t act like other teams/players can’t make a good play or two against your team. Jesus.

  28. dreadnok89 says: Mar 13, 2017 2:19 PM

    anyone ever watch ripkowski annihilate people? that dude hits with the thunder

  29. pau49ers says: Mar 13, 2017 3:57 PM

    The Niners made a bunch of fringe moves early on, but there has been nothing significant in days. Watching all the good free agents signing elsewhere. I thought we would at least improve the offensive line. We’re still 95 million under the salary cap according to over the cap and it looks like we’ll have the lowest payroll in football….. again.

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