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.
Scores touchdown in ugly loss
RBPittsburgh Steelers
November 14, 2019
Samuels ran for 26 yards on five carries and caught five passes for 19 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 21-7 loss to Cleveland Thursday night.
ANALYSIS
Samuels had played 59 percent of Pittsburgh's offense snaps the past two games with James Conner (shoulder) out of commission, but just 23 percent in the four games they both took the field this season heading into this contest. With Conner returning to action against Cleveland, Samuels was expected to resume his role as backup but Conner was forced out of the game after he re-injured his shoulder. If Conner isn't ready for action in Week 12, Samuels would be looking at a prime matchup Nov. 24, with the 0-9 Bengals surrendering a league-high 173.0 yards per game on the ground.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Jaylen Samuels' 2019 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 %
4.4%
 
Positive Run %
68.9%
 
% Yds After Contact
76.5%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.0
 
Rushing TD %
2.2%
 
Touches Per Game
9.9
 
% Snaps w/Touch
38.2%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-5.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.22
 
% Team Air Yards
-1.8%
 
% Team Targets
12.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-1.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
82.9%
 
Drop Rate
7.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.8
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Browns pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Overall QB Rating Against
75.7
 
Cornerbacks
74.7
 
Safeties
81.4
 
Linebackers
72.9
 
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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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Struggles against Rams
RBPittsburgh Steelers
November 10, 2019
Samuels carried the ball 14 times for 29 yards and caught three of seven targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 17-12 win over the Rams.
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Set for another leading role
RBPittsburgh Steelers
November 8, 2019
Samuels and Trey Edmunds (ribs) will be the Steelers' primary running backs with James Conner (shoulder) and Benny Snell (knee) sidelined Sunday against the Rams, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.
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Set for lead role again
RBPittsburgh Steelers
November 7, 2019
Samuels' teammate James Conner (shoulder) isn't expected to play in Sunday's game against the Rams, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Makes 13 catches vs. Colts
RBPittsburgh Steelers
November 3, 2019
Samuels carried eight times for 10 yards and caught all 13 of his targets for an additional 73 yards during Sunday's 26-24 win over the Colts. He also lost a fumble.
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Set to fill in for Conner
RBPittsburgh Steelers
November 3, 2019
With both James Conner (shoulder) and Benny Snell (knee) inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts, Samuels is in line to head the Steelers' Week 9 backfield, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.
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