RB Jaylen Samuels - Pittsburgh Steelers
|5-11, 223||Born: 7-20-1996||College: NC State||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2018|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 18): It's difficult to know whether James Conner increased the damage in his shoulder and the length of time he'll be out, but for now we have to presume that Samuels will be the starter against the Bengals, an opponent he did well against earlier this year.
Week 12: at Cincinnati Bengals
FBG says: matchup.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Jaylen Samuels's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 11 vs CLE (5 / 26 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 19 / 1 rec)
Similar to the passing protection on the night, there wasn't much room for the rushing attack either. Samuels' best run of the night was up the middle. Samuels showed good explosion as he was picking his way through the center of the defense. Samuels did flash as a dual threat when he scored his touchdown on a route out of the backfield. When it looked like Mason Rudolph was about to take another sack, Rudolph spotted Samuels wide open.
2019 Week 10 vs LAR (14 / 29 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
There wasn't much room for Samuels to work at all during the day. Aaron Donald was routinely pushing the offensive line back and the Steelers were only able to average 1.6 yards per carry on the day. Samuels' best run came early in the game. The Steelers were using two pulling lineman to come across the formation and lead the way for Samuels. Samuels showed good patience and vision being able to follow his lineman and make the appropriate cut upfield. The play totaled eight yards and was the most rushing yards gained on a single play in the matchup.
2019 Week 9 vs IND (8 / 10 / 0 rush, 13 / 13 / 73 / 0 rec)
It can be considered a rough night for a running back when the running back totals ten yards rushing on eight total rushing attempts. Further, it could be even worse if one of those attempts was for six yards (leaving four total yards for the remaining seven attempts). Luckily, Samuels is as versatile as they come. While things were not working for him between the tackles, Samuels was running crisp routes, splitting out wide and being an outlet for Mason Rudolph when he was in trouble. Samuels did have one miscue. On a play with the ball in Samuels' hands, a defender was able to put his helmet on the ball and knock it lose. The ball was turned over and ultimately led to the Colts scoring a touchdown to put them up by one point.
2019 Week 5 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
After receiving 18 touch opportunities in Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Samuels' usage was pulled in significantly. This may not have been the game plan, but on the first play of the second possession for the Steelers, Samuels sprints out to his right and lobs a pass for James Washington which was intercepted. Samuels did not see another snap from the Wildcat formation until after Mason Rudolph exited the game.
2019 Week 4 vs CIN (10 / 26 / 1 rush, 8 / 8 / 57 / 0 rec)
What a difference a week makes. Samuels went from having a 26% snap share in Week 3 to over 50% snap share in Week 4. Not only was Samuels on the field more often, but the Steelers rolled out the 'WILDCAT'. Samuels was being put in the shotgun for a direct snap and he would read the defense and decide if he would pull the ball down or run it himself. On top of the new Wildcat wrinkle being thrown into the Steelers offense, he also was productive as a runner and as a safety release. Ultimately, there was no highlight play standing out from Samuels performance. The highlight from Samuels' performance was his versatility. Samuels played the slot, was in at running back, and ran plays as a wildcat quarterback. Samuels is the swiss army knife of this offense.
2019 Week 2 vs SEA (3 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Involved early to give James Conner a breather, Samuels looked explosive in the open field, reliable in the passing game, strong in pass protection, and able to be a playmaker downfield when the opportunity arises. Samuels notable play of the game will not show up in the box score. As he was being covered by a defender, Samuels worked downfield and went to make a play on the ball in the end zone. The defender did not turn around and Samuels was able to draw a defensive pass interference penalty putting the Steelers in position for their first touchdown of the game. It should be noted if James Conner is dealing with a knee injury which would lead to him missing time, Samuels will likely receive a larger workload. Benny Snell did not receive any additional work after James Conner was injured.
2019 Week 1 vs NE (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Stepping in for Conner, Samuels showed he will be involved in the offense during the entire season. Samuels did not see entire drives until the end of the game, but was used at wide receiver, in two running back sets, and as a fill-in when Conner needed a breather.
Latest NewsSteelers | Jaylen Samuels scores on TNF (Fri Nov 15, 12:40 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels carried the ball five times for 26 yards and added five receptions for 19 yards and a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, Nov. 14. Our View: Samuels is likely to start next week against the Bengals in a matchup that was good to him the first time around. He shouldn't be on the waiver wire in any league.
link to story Steelers | Jaylen Samuels held in check (Mon Nov 11, 12:52 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels ran for 29 yards on 14 carries and added 11 yards receiving on three receptions in Week 10 versus the Los Angeles Rams. link to story
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