Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk was smiling after Thursday night’s preseason opener. He was thoroughly involved in the offense, catching three passes for 28 yards, including a 17-yard reception from Joe Flacco on the opening series.
As a pass-catching fullback, Juszczyk should have a role in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s attack. He has the speed to run downfield routes, and the hands to make tough catches.
“Anytime you can get involved with the offense that’s a big thing,” said Juszczyk, a fourth-round pick in 2013. “That’s what we’re all here for. I’m excited about it.”
Many Ravens played well during the 23-3 victory over the 49ers. But Juszczyk’s performance was one of the more intriguing. After being relegated to special teams as a rookie, Juszczyk will clearly more involved offensively in 2014.
"Kyle's a real good athlete," Flacco said. "He can do a wide variety of things and catching the ball is going to be a big thing for him."
Juszczyk has worked hard to improve his blocking, trying to earn more playing time. The Ravens rushed for 237 yards Thursday night, and Juszczyk’s blocking contributed to some of that production.
“Very encouraging,” Juszczyk said. “It just shows how much work we’ve been putting into it. The offensive line every day, they’re grinding, they’ve improved so much. Our running backs run hard. It’s very encouraging to see what we did.”