Jaylen Samuels

#38 RB / Pittsburgh Steelers / EXP: 3YRS Height: 6-0 Weight: 225 lb Age: 24 College: NC State Bye 4

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    Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Obsolete offensive role Week 6

    Jaylen Samuels did not register a carry or a target on his five offensive snaps during Sunday's 38-7 win against Cleveland.After handling an average of 61 rush attempts per season over his first two years in the league, Samuels has garnered just two carries in 2020 while James Conner (75), Benny Snell (42) and Anthony McFarland (12) have played more significant roles in the Pittsburgh rushing attack. Samuels did receive five offensive snaps during Sunday's drubbing of the Browns, but 54.8 percent of his playing time has come on special teams this year.

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    Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Non-factor in win

    Jaylen Samuels ran once for two yards and caught his lone target for one yard in Monday night's 26-16 win over the Giants.Samuels had just three touches all game, despite an early injury to James Conner (ankle), and his only carry came in the final seven minutes. As expected, Benny Snell is first up if Conner cannot go, and he may grab extra carries even if Conner is healthy. In either scenario Samuels seems to have little fantasy value.

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    Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Rejoins teammates

    Jaylen Samuels has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.Samuels will join his teammates as practice begins in earnest, thus far having mostly missed out on classroom work and conditioning/strength training. Ed Boucehtte of The Athletic recently suggested Samuels isn't a lock for the regular-season roster, noting that there's tough competition for one or two spots after starter James Conner and rookie fourth-round pick Anthony McFarland. The Pittsburgh Steelers also have 2019 fourth-rounder Benny Snell, veteran Wendell Smallwood and 2019 contributors Kerrith Whyte and Trey Edmunds. The final job could come down to special teams value, which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing for Samuels.

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    Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Could lose roster spot

    Jaylen Samuels doesn't appear to be a lock for a roster spot, Ed Bouchette of The Athletic reports.James Conner and rookie fourth-round pick Anthony McFarland are locks, with 2019 fourth-rounder Benny Snell perhaps not too far behind. Samuels is a competent pass catcher who plays special teams and can even line up at tight end or H-back in a pinch, but that won't necessarily assure him of a roster spot, as the Pittsburgh Steelers could instead choose Kerrith Whyte, Wendell Smallwood or Trey Edmunds. Currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Samuels isn't able to make his case at the moment.

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    Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Placed on COVID-19 list

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed Jaylen Samuels on the reserve/COVID-19 list.The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or who have been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person. Samuels, who is entering his third season with the Steelers, is looking to secure a role in team's backfield behind presumed starter James Conner.

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    Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Not guaranteed roster spot

    Jaylen Samuels isn't considered a lock to make Pittsburgh's season-opening roster, Bob Labriola of the team's official site reports.A healthy James Conner returns as Pittsburgh's top back in 2020, and it's essentially an open competition between the other options behind him on the depth chart. Samuels is set to vie for a roster spot along with Benny Snell, Kerrith Whyte and fourth-round rookie Anthony McFarland. The 2018 fifth-round pick struggled on the ground with 175 rushing yards (2.7 per carry) last year, but he was more efficient in the passing game, catching 47 of 57 targets for 305 yards.

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    Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Held to one catch in loss

    Jaylen Samuels caught one of two targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.Playing in 14 games this season, Samuels struggled to run the ball effectively, finishing 2019 with 175 yards and a touchdown on 66 carries (2.7 YPC) compared to 256 yards on 56 attempts (4.6 YPC) in 2018. Conversely, his role in the passing game increased with Samuels catching 47 of 57 targets for 305 yards and a touchdown. He also completed four of five passes for 35 yards with an interception while occasionally lining up in wildcat formations due to the Pittsburgh Steelers' issues at quarterback. Samuels' usage in 2020 will depend largely on the health of other players such as James Conner and Ben Roethlisberger, but he seems to have proven he's not a viable option in a lead role out of the backfield.

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    Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Totals 39 yards in committee

    Jaylen Samuels ran three times for seven yards and caught four passes for 32 yards in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Jets.James Conner's early exit due to a thigh injury resulted in Pittsburgh employing a backfield by committee approach. Samuels had the fewest carries but was the only running back utilized in the passing game with six targets. He has been held under 40 yards from scrimmage and has failed to score in four of the last five games.

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    Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Non-factor vs. Bills

    Jaylen Samuels lost one yard on two carries and caught his only target for five yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Bills.On a night when the entire offense struggled, Samuels had the worst game of his short career. With James Conner back on the field, Samuels fantasy value may be limited to that of an occasional receiver out of the backfield. Pittsburgh heads to New York in Week 16 to face a Jets defense that is tough against the run but has given up the fifth-most receptions to opposing running backs. That bodes well for Samuels in PPR formats, but he is still a risky play in what may be the championship game for many fantasy owners.

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    Steelers' Jaylen Samuels: Logs full practice

    Jaylen Samuels (groin) returned to practice Thursday as a full participant, saying he expects to play in Sunday's game against the Bills, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.Samuels thus figures to handle some type of pass-catching role behind James Conner, who upgraded to full practice participation Wednesday after missing five of the past six games. Conner is the favorite to lead the team in carries if he plays, but it isn't quite clear how the snaps will shake out between him, Samuels, Benny Snell and Kerrith Whyte.