No. 8: 49ers Fullback Kyle Juszczyk
Fullback Kyle Juszczyk needs to touch the ball at least three times per game. Fortunately, that’s exactly what he’s been able to do thus far in 2021.
Juszczyk’s 11 receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown may not seem like much, even combined with six rushing attempts for 16 yards. But rather it’s the mismatch capabilities he can generate when lining up outside or even as a safety valve or screen-pass option out of the backfield.
Considering the 49ers haven’t gotten too much production from their depth pass-catchers this year, getting Juszczyk involved as more than just a lead blocker should help push head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense out of the depths of inconsistency.
In this sense, Juszczyk operates almost like a No. 2 tight end to support the All-Pro, George Kittle, as both perform their blocking duties, too.
Kittle might be more potent a weapon. But Juszczyk is arguably more versatile, and it would be wise for the Niners to continue using him in whatever way possible to help spark what’s been an inconsistent offense thus far.