Jaylen Samuels
22-Year-Old Running BackRB
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Calling Samuels a running back likely misstates his role in the NFL, as he may not do a whole lot of rushing. At 5-11, 225, the NC State product put up an eyebrow-raising 4.54 40 time at the Combine after spending the majority of his college career as an H-back. Taken by the Steelers in the fifth round, Samuels could find himself lining up all over the field as a slot receiver, fullback, tight end or H-back. His skills as a receiver will make him a mismatch against most linebackers, and his ability to get some power behind his pads could also allow him to be an option on goal-line plunges in between his bubble screens and jet sweeps. New coordinator Randy Fichtner has been on the Pittsburgh staff since 2007 - Ben Roethlisberger's fourth season in the NFL - and his experience could prove invaluable as the offense tries to find a way to best utilize its new toy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.72 million contract with the Steelers in May of 2018.
Status in limbo with Conner questionable
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 14, 2018
Samuels' role in the Steelers offense could take a hit with James Conner (ankle) questionable for Sunday's game versus the Patriots, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
With Conner out of the lineup last Sunday in Oakland, Samuels earned the majority of the snaps (48 of 60 on offense) among active Pittsburgh running backs. Samuels also outpaced Stevan Ridley in touches (18 to five) and yards from scrimmage (92 to four), but the latter did score a touchdown. If Conner returns this weekend, all bets are off as to how much work Samuels and Ridley reasonably can expect to see. However, the above breakdown may be the reality if Conner sits out again, helping Samuels maintain relevance for another week.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Jaylen Samuels' 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by the number of times he touched the ball.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
0.0%
 
Positive Run %
78.3%
 
% Yds After Contact
66.1%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.7
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
3.4
 
% Snaps w/Touch
35.9%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-2.1
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.22
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.6%
 
% Team Targets
2.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-1.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
87.5%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
10.4
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Patriots pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Overall QB Rating Against
86.8
 
Cornerbacks
79.9
 
Safeties
101.0
 
Linebackers
85.4
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Jaylen Samuels' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
225 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.28 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.93 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.5 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
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Mixed bag in starting opportunity
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 9, 2018
Samuels rushed 11 times for 28 yards and brought in all seven of his targets for 64 yards in the Steelers' 24-21 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.
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Likely to share work
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 9, 2018
Samuels, who will start Sunday's game against the Raiders, said he received more first-team work than fellow running back Stevan Ridley during the Steelers' practices this week, but only by a small margin, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Expects to start, but share carries
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 5, 2018
Samuels indicated Wednesday that he would start at running back in Sunday's game against the Raiders, but added that he and Stevan Ridley are slated to split time, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Part of backfield committee
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 4, 2018
With James Conner (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Samuels will be included in the committee that coach Mike Tomlin suggested the Steelers will employ for Week 14, Bob Labriola of the Steelers' official site reports.
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In line for added work Sunday
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 4, 2018
With James Conner (ankle) out this week, Samuels is in line for added work Sunday against the Raiders, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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