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RB Jaylen Samuels - Pittsburgh Steelers

5-11, 223Born: 7-20-1996College: NC StateDrafted: Round 5, pick

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Week 10: vs Carolina Panthers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Simply put, the Steelers probably don't miss LeVeon Bell much, if at all. It sounds strange out loud, but James Conner has been roughly just as productive - and a better touchdown scorer - at a mere fraction of Bell's cost and headache. Conner currently sits third league-wide in yards per game (88), and he's already matched Bell's career-high in rushing scores (9). Last Sunday, Conner became the first back all year to top 84 yards against Baltimore's top-notch defense - and he actually reached 107 (on just 24 attempts). He's now reached the century mark in 4 straight games, averaging 119 per contest and 5.39 per run over that span. Conner isn't quite the agility monster Bell is, but is a no-nonsense runner between the tackles, always looking to churn upfield and fall forward. Operating behind an elite front line that routinely opens wide lanes, he's a perfect fit. The team would love to have right tackle Marcus Gilbert back, but Matt Feller has been adequate in his stead. Given Conner's all-around ability and the team's trust in him as a workhorse, he projects well weekly, regardless of matchup. After a rough stretch to open the year, the Panthers run defense is finding its dominant stride. They haven't allowed a runner to reach 50 yards since Week 6, and backs in general have averaged just 3.63 per carry over that span. That's been aided a bit by game flow, and Baltimore's Alex Collins did run well (11 for 49 and 1 touchdown) just 2 weeks ago. But overall, this is a swarming unit that makes life difficult on opposing run games. The return of linebacker Thomas Davis from suspension has been key; he's 35, but still well ahead of where young Shaq Thompson is. Luke Kuechly hasn't been his dominant self this season, but still swallows up inside runs, and the group benefits from a stout front line that controls the point of attack well.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
6 at CIN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 vs CLE 7 4 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.7
9 at BAL 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2
10 vs CAR 17 5 7 0 4 3 22 1 0 8.9
10 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Jaylen Samuels's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 9 vs BAL (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The back-up running back situation is starting to shift for the Steelers. Samuels was seeing snaps to spell James Conner during pivotal moments of the game. Samuels only saw one rush attempt, but he also ran at least one other route while he was on the field.

2018 Week 8 vs CLE (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Late in the fourth quarter James Conner was spelled for almost an entire series. Samuels was inserted in the offense and was find good space to run. Samuels displayed on a seven-yard run good acceleration through the hole and leg drive at the end of the run. Stevan Ridley did not receive any rushing work and only two targets through the entire game.

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Latest News

Steelers | Jaylen Samuels scores in blowout (Thu Nov 8, 11:19 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels rushed five times for seven yards and caught three passes for 22 yards and a touchdown in a 52-21 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 10.

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Schedule

10vs Carolina Panthers
11@ Jacksonville Jaguars
12@ Denver Broncos
13vs Los Angeles Chargers
14@ Oakland Raiders
15vs New England Patriots
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Cincinnati Bengals