Juszczyk more than just a fullback

Juszczyk more than just a fullback
May 3, 2013, 3:00 pm
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In this era of widespread open offenses the position of fullback has become nearly extinct. Most teams don’t even carry full back let alone two. But this didn’t stop the Ravens from drafting Kyle Juszczyk out of Harvard in the fourth round of the NFL draft.

For the past two-season All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach has paved the way for fellow Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice. Leach is widely considered among the best at his position in the entire league. With Juszczyk now on board the immediate question is will there be room for both. If you ask the Ravens rookie he certainly thinks there is.

“That’s what professional football is you’re always competing for a job,” said Juszczyk after the first day of Ravens rookie camp.  “But I feel like we’re two different players so there might be two different roles for us.”

At Harvard Juszczyk was a two-time All American tight end and H-back. At 6’1” 248 pounds he also showed off his agility often times working out of the slot receiver position where he caught 125 passes for 1,576 yards and 22 touchdowns. But the Ravens drafted him to be more of a traditional fullback and Juszczyk is up to the challenge.

“It’s really similar to what I did at Harvard,” said Juszczyk. “But I’m just a little more inside now spending more time as a full back in the back field and a little less time split out in the slot but I’ll still get to do both.”

It was that type of versatility that caught the eye of the Ravens president Ozzie Newsome and he feels that Juszczyk can contribute in many ways.

“We want to make decision based on how guys perform out of the football field. We’re going to get Kyle in here, and the thing we like about Kyle other than his ability on the offensive side is we expect him to be a very good special teams contributor. So, could there be a place for both of them? Yes, there could be.”