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New Steelers starting running back Jaylen Samuels has a history as a touchdown maker

Chris Adamski
| Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, 5:27 p.m.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels(38) runs against the Los Angeles Chargers in the \1 of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels(38) runs against the Los Angeles Chargers in the \1 of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Jaylen Samuels might not have ever had a consistent, defined position over his football career. But one thing that is consistent about his game is that he scores. A lot.

Samuels had 47 touchdowns in 50 college games for N.C. State, including 45 in 39 games over his final three seasons for the Wolfpack.

While he hasn’t yet gotten the volume of work yet in the pros after joining the Pittsburgh Steelers as no better than No. 5 on the running back depth chart upon arrival as a fifth-round pick in April, Samuels has made the most of his touches in regards to getting into the end zone.

Samuels has scored twice among his seven receptions and in 19 overall touches.

What is it about Samuels’ ability to extract maximum points production from his touches?

“I mean, I have been doing it for a long time,” Samuels said. “Getting the ball, getting the ball in space, making guys miss. So once I get comfortable doing that and they are finding me in those areas – getting me the ball in open space – that’s when I am at my best. So I just look forward to excelling.”

Samuels said he will start at running back during Sunday’s game at the Oakland Raiders. A tight end/fullback/receiver in college, Samuels never had more than 12 carries in a game since high school.

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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