Juszczyk signed a five-year, $27 million contract to remain with the 49ers on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Widely regarded as the best fullback in the league, Juszczyk will be paid like it. Keeping the versatile weapon in the fold was a priority for the 49ers given how important Juszczyk is as a blocker, pass catcher and short-yardage runner, and the two sides were finally able to hammer out a deal just before free agency opened up.
Juszczyk finished the 2020 season with career highs in rushing yards (64) and touchdowns (two) while contributing his usual production as a receiver (19 receptions for 202 yards and four scores) across 16 games. Juszczyk is an elite blocker and receiver out of the backfield, but he finally added the most common offensive tool for a fullback -- short-yardage runs -- to his Swiss Army knife profile of tools. Even with the new high-water mark of six total touchdowns, the All-Pro continues to be hampered by the lack of a fullback position in standard fantasy formats. Unless the next generation of creative offensive minds has a gameplan surrounded around featuring the fullback, Juice will continue to be an afterthought in fantasy circles despite bringing great value to his real-life squad. The 49ers will have a difficult decision to make regarding Juszczyk this offseason, as his four-year contract will expire heading into the 2021 free agency period.
Juszczyk recorded two receptions on three targets for 10 yards and two touchdowns in Week 16 against the Cardinals. He added one rush for three yards. Juszczyk made the most of his limited touches, hauling in touchdown receptions of nine and one yard. Though his volume remains insignificant, Juszczyk has found the end zone four times in his last four games. He'll look to take one more trip to the end zone in Week 17 against Seattle to close the campaign.
Juszczyk rushed twice for four yards and caught one of two targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Cowboys. Juszczyk now has 61 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and a 16-188-2 line through the air. In turn, he's been named to a fifth straight Pro Bowl.
Juszczyk rushed one time for three yards and caught two of three targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-15 loss to Washington. Juszczyk extended his touchdown streak to two games and now has four combined scores on the year (two rushing and two receiving). The versatile fullback remains the top receiving threat at his position with 15 receptions for 163 yards through 13 contests, but he has also been used more as a rusher with new career highs in carries (13), rushing yards (57) and rushing touchdowns (two). Juice still doesn't provide enough volume to become fantasy relevant when forced into the category of running back.
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