The 49ers picked up Jusczyk's 2020 option Wednesday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. The Niners could have saved $5.45 million against the salary cap next year by letting Juszcyk go, but the fullback's versatility will keep him around for another year. The 28-year-old rushed three times for seven yards and caught 20 of 24 targets for 239 yards and a score over 12 games in 2019, and he added a touchdown reception in the Super Bowl as well.
Juszczyk hauled in all three of his targets for 39 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 31-20 Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs. In addition to his contributions as a receiver, Juszczyk performed to his usual exceptional level as a blocker on offense. The versatile fullback's touchdown came via hauling in a 15-yard pass midway through the second quarter. Though he isn't a candidate to inch onto the fantasy radar, Juszczyk's continued presence in San Francisco will remain key for the team's plans on offense. He'll enter the final year of his contract in 2020.
Juszczyk caught his lone target for a 49-yard gain during Sunday's 26-21 win over Seattle. The fullback delivered some devastating blocks out of the backfield Sunday, but his biggest play came as a receiver midway through the third quarter when he stutter-stepped his defender and got open downfield for a long gain that set up a Raheem Mostert touchdown. Thanks to Juszczyk's efforts, the 49ers will have a bye this coming week and will take on the Eagles, Seahawks or Vikings in the divisional round. Sunday's reception was the only touch Juszczyk recorded against any of those teams this season.
Juszczyk had two carries for one yard and two receptions for six yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 29-22 loss to Atlanta. Juszczyk recovered a fumble on punt coverage and nearly broke the plane of the end zone, so coach Kyle Shanahan rewarded his fullback by drawing up two plays to eventually get him the score. The versatile blocker has five catches over his last two contests but also had zero touches over his previous two, highlighting the lack of fantasy value heading into Week 16.
Juszczyk returned to Sunday's game against the Saints after being evaluated for a concussion, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. After getting dinged up in the fourth quarter, the 28-year-old fullback was deemed fine after further evaluation. Juszczyk will continue to pave the way for the 49ers' running backs while occasionally contributing in the passing game.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||@New York Jets||9||14.50|
|3||09/27||@New York Giants||17||17.75|
|6||10/19||Los Angeles Rams||18||18.00|
|7||10/25||@New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|9||11/06||Green Bay Packers||26||21.22|
|10||11/15||@New Orleans Saints||4||13.24|
|12||11/29||@Los Angeles Rams||18||18.00|