San Francisco is completely revamping the offense under new head coach Kyle Shanahan, adding Juszczyk to a haul that includes quarterback Brian Hoyer and wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin in the initial hours of free agency. Juszczyk himself boasts a varied skill set, earning 55.4 percent of his offensive snaps running pass routes, 22.6 percent as a run blocker, and 20.9 percent in pass protection with the Ravens last season, per Louie Benjamin of Pro Football Focus. Notably, Juszczyk tallied 41 and 37 catches the last two seasons, so he could again establish some PPR relevance with his new squad.
Juszczyk plans to sign with the 49ers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
As expected, Juszczyk and the 49ers are closing in on a deal that likely will place him among the NFL's highest paid fullbacks, if not at the very top. He had 41 and 37 receptions the past two seasons, serving as Baltimore's primary lead blocker while also getting some work as a passing-down back. The 49ers could have an even larger role in mind for Juszczyk under new head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Juszczyk is one of the 49ers' top priorities heading into the free agent period, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
The 49ers have plenty of cap room and Juszczyk is one of the NFL's top fullbacks, offering an impressive combination of blocking and receiving skills. The 2013 fourth-round draft pick caught 41 and 37 passes the past two seasons, getting some snaps as a passing-down back while also serving as the Ravens' primary lead blocker. It appears the cap-strapped Ravens will lose at least a few key contributors in the opening days of free agency.
Juszczyk's strong showing as a blocker and as a pass catcher earned him his first career Pro Bowl nod in 2016. He was also named First-Team All-Pro according to Pro Football Focus, grading out as the league's top fullback. Juszczyk was a fixture in the
The Pro Bowl fullback had his best fantasy day of the season Sunday as he reached pay dirt for the first time in 2016. That said, his fourth-quarter rushing touchdown was just his fifth carry of the entire season, so it was a bit of an aberration to see him get the ball in the red zone. He has shown to be valuable as a pass catcher, however. In fact, Juszczyk is tied with Kamar Aiken for fifth on the team in targets with 47. Juszczyk will finish out his third NFL season Sunday against the Bengals on the road.
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