According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to terms with Pro Bowl FB Kyle Juszczyk. A year after eliminating the fullback position altogether under HC Chip Kelly, it appears the team will go back to their roots and establish a fundamentally sound rushing attack.
Breaking into the NFL as a fullback in 2013, Juszczyk has been nothing short of an overachiever. A savvy football player with the football IQ to match, the player known as “Juice,” has been a staple for the Baltimore Ravens run game. Not many players from Harvard make a name for themselves at the NFL level, but Juszczyk was on a different level.
A fourth-round pick (No. 130) in the 2013 NFL Draft, Juszczyk impressed the scouts with his measurables; running a sub 4.7 40-yard dash, displaying a 37-inch vertical, and knocking out 24 reps of 225 on the bench press at his Pro Day.
The 49ers have been showered with great fullbacks over the years, including FB Tom Rathman, FB William Floyd, and FB Fred Beasley.
But the question remains, how will Juice be used in new HC Kyle Shanahan’s offense? Well considering, Shanahan loves using 11 personnel (1 running back/1 tight-end), it wouldn’t surprise me if they used Juice more as an H-back coming out of the backfield. In fact, that’s where he thrived with the Ravens when the ball came his way–racking up 97 receptions for 769 yards (7.9 avg.) and five touchdowns.
In other news, the 49ers finally have a quarterback soon to be under contract as they agreed to terms on a two-year deal with nine-year veteran QB Brian Hoyer.