Jaylen Samuels
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Le'Veon Bell's protracted exit from Pittsburgh put James Conner in the lead role for most of last year, but Samuels also got his chances to shine. The rookie didn't see an offensive snap until Week 5 and didn't see double-digit snaps until Week 10, but after Conner went down late in the season Samuels exploded for 142 rushing yards in a win over the Patriots. The NC State product checks in at 6-0, 225, and while he doesn't run with as much power as his frame would suggest, he has good speed and receiving skills and can line up in the backfield, in the slot or out wide. He also showed surprising vision and patience last season despite his limited experience as a ballcarrier, after playing a mixture of running back, H-back and tight end in college. Conner returns as the No. 1 and the Steelers added Benny Snell in the fourth round of the draft, but Samuels is positioned once again to be the team's top backup, as well as a versatile option in situations when the team's pass-happy offense wants to keep the opposition guessing. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.72 million contract with the Steelers in May of 2018.
Eyeing role in two-back formations
RBPittsburgh Steelers
July 10, 2019
Samuels expects the Steelers to use formations that put him and James Conner on the field at the same time, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The double-halfback formation is a common offseason storyline, but one that rarely comes to fruition as anything more than an occasional trick setup during the regular season. Usage of the two halfbacks would make more sense for the Steelers than most teams given the involvement of Samuels, who often lined up as an H-back or tight end at North Carolina State. There's also the matter of Pittsburgh losing Antonio Brown and Jesse James, leaving the team with shaky depth at wide receiver and tight end. Samuels is far more likely to find his fantasy value from passing downs or a Conner injury, but the potential for two-RB sets at least will be worth monitoring come August and September. Conner already said he expects both Samuels and rookie fourth-round pick Benny Snell to get touches this upcoming season.
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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 rush attempts.
  • 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 %
5.4%
 
Positive Run %
85.7%
 
% Yds After Contact
49.2%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.3
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
5.9
 
% Snaps w/Touch
36.3%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-0.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.04
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.2%
 
% Team Targets
4.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
89.7%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.6
 
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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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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.
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Ready for more snaps
RBPittsburgh Steelers
June 13, 2019
Backfield mate James Conner expects Samuels to "make a lot of plays" this season, Jonathan Bombulie of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
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Locked into Bell-free backfield
RBPittsburgh Steelers
February 20, 2019
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert mentioned Samuels as a factor in why the team is comfortable letting Le'Veon Bell leave in free agency this offseason, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Cedes carries to returning teammate
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 30, 2018
Samuels ran twice for two yards and caught seven of eight targets for 40 yards during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.
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Delivering in fantasy playoffs
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 23, 2018
Samuels ran for 53 yards on 12 attempts, adding three receptions for 11 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 31-28 loss to New Orleans.
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Filling in for Conner again
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 21, 2018
Samuels is slated to head the Pittsburgh backfield Sunday against the Saints with James Conner (ankle) sidelined for a third straight game, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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