Jaylen Samuels

Arizona Cardinals
Running Back #38
Arizona Cardinals
Running Back #38
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Jaylen Samuels News

Joining Cardinals for 2022

The Cardinals signed Samuels to a reserve/future contract Wednesday.

Analysis: The running back finished the 2021 campaign with the Texans after being released by the Steelers in late October, but he will now be joining the Cardinals for the 2022 season. Samuels appeared in three games with the Texans this season, rushing the ball five times for nine yards while reeling in three catches for 14 yards.

Jan 19, 2022 2:38 PM EST


On practice squad once again

Samuels reverted to the Texans' practice squad Monday.

Analysis: Samuels touched the ball on six of the nine offensive snaps he played. He also played nine snaps on special teams.

Jan 3, 2022 9:30 PM EST



Gets six touches in loss

Samuels had three carries for seven yards and caught all three targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 23-7 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Samuels was promoted to the active roster for the third time this season. He got some run Sunday with David Johnson on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but it was as the third back behind Rex Burkhead and Royce Freeman.

Jan 3, 2022 6:52 AM EST


Elevated for Week 17

Samuels was elevated to the Texans' active roster from the practice squad for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston report.

Analysis: Samuels will join the gameday roster for the second straight week after playing one snap on offense and six snaps on special teams Week 16. He'll likely fill a similar role versus San Francisco.

Jan 1, 2022 12:13 PM EST


Reverts back to practice squad

Samuels reverted to the Texans' practice squad Tuesday, per the NFL's transaction report.

Analysis: Samuels saw one snap on offense and six snaps on special teams during Sunday's 41-29 win over the Chargers. He technically registered one kick return on a pooch kick by Los Angeles kicker Dustin Hopkins, but Samuels opted to give himself up after catching the kick.

Dec 28, 2021 11:27 AM EST



Plays one offensive snap in win

Samuels appeared on offense for one play and on special teams for six during Sunday's 41-29 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Samuels was a practice squad callup for Sunday's game but did not see significant action. He technically had one kick return, a pooch kick by Los Angeles kicker Dustin Hopkins that he chose not to return.

Dec 27, 2021 9:04 AM EST


Bumped up from practice squad

Samuels was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Samuel's move to the active roster may be a bad sign for David Johnson's (quadriceps) availability Sunday against the Chargers. The former Steeler has appeared in one game for the Texans this season, in Week 13 against the Colts, where he played seven snaps on offense. Samuels did receive two carries and earned two yards. He'll likely be looking to provide depth at running back if Johnson sits this one out.

Dec 25, 2021 8:39 PM EST


Clears COVID-19 protocols

Samuels (undisclosed) was activated from the practice squad COVID-19 list Thursday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Samuels reverts to Houston's practice squad now that he has cleared COVID-19 protocols. It's possible the team will elevate him before Sunday's game against the Chargers, as David Johnson has been unable to practice due to a quadriceps injury, leaving only Rex Burkhead and Royce Freeman as the healthy running backs on the roster.

Dec 23, 2021 6:02 PM EST


Placed on COVID-19 list

Samuels was placed on the Texans' practice squad reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

Analysis: Samuels is fresh off his Texans debut in Week 13 against the Colts. He played seven snaps and had two carries for two years and a target he couldn't haul in. He was reverted back to the practice squad on Dec. 6 and will now try to clear COVID protocols as he looks to earn another shot with the active roster.

Dec 11, 2021 6:31 PM EST


Moved to practice squad

Samuels was reverted to the Texans' practice squad Monday.

Analysis: Samuels was elevated prior to Sunday's loss to the Colts, rushing the ball twice for two yards. The running back will head back down to the practice squad as David Johnson (illness) is expected to be ready for Week 14.

Dec 6, 2021 7:38 PM EST


Makes Texans debut

Samuels had two carries for two yards and played eight snaps in Sunday's 31-0 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Samuels was called up from the practice squad to provide insurance with David Johnson (illness) inactive. He logged in as the third back behind Rex Burkhead and Royce Freeman. While the Texans have started to integrate some young talent into more prominent roles at other positions, they've held steadfast with established veterans at running back. Burkhead and Johnson remain atop the depth chart, but Houston head coach David Culley may eventually turn to guys like Samuels and Freeman as the franchise's focus pivots toward 2022 roster potentials.

Dec 6, 2021 4:29 AM EST


Called up from practice squad

Samuels was elevated from the practice squad Saturday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Samuels was signed to the Texans' practice squad in late October, though he has yet to be active in 2021. He should serve as insurance for David Johnson (illness) on Sunday against the Colts, and could work behind Rex Burkhead if Johnson is unable to suit up.

Dec 4, 2021 3:58 PM EST


Joins Houston's practice squad

The Texans signed Samuels to their practice squad Friday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Pelissero reports that numerous teams were interested in bringing in Samuels after he was released from the Steelers' practice squad Wednesday. The Texans likely offered Samuels the easiest opportunity to be added to the active roster after they traded Mark Ingram to the Saints. If he joins Houston's 53-man roster, he will likely serve as a depth piece behind David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay.

Oct 29, 2021 9:26 AM EST


Released from practice squad

The Steelers released Samuels from their practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: The Steelers activated Anthony McFarland off injured reserve Wednesday, which may have made Samuels expendable. The 2018 fifth-round pick appeared in 14 games for Pittsburgh last year, but he tallied just 18 touches for 74 yards. The 25-year-old running back will likely look to latch onto another practice squad for the rest of the 2021 campaign.

Oct 27, 2021 8:32 AM EST


Joins Steelers' practice squad

Samuels was added to the Steelers' practice squad Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Samuels failed to secure a depth role on Pittsburgh's 53-man roster, but he should be available to step in as a backup if the team's running backs deal with injuries. The 2018 fifth-rounder appeared in 14 games for the Steelers last year but tallied just nine carries for 28 yards while hauling in nine of his 14 targets for 46 yards.

Sep 2, 2021 3:32 PM EST


Fails to make roster

The Steelers cut Samuels on Tuesday, Ed Bouchette of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Samuels was unable to retain a spot on the initial 53-man roster with Benny Snell, Kalen Ballage and Anthony McFarland (undisclosed) all around to handle reserve roles behind Najee Harris. The third-down specialist could realistically draw interest elsewhere in the league, especially given that he can also contribute on special teams.

Aug 31, 2021 1:37 PM EST


Effective as receiver

Samuels carried the ball three times for eight yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers. He added two receptions on two targets for 20 yards.

Analysis: Samuels didn't do much as a rusher after picking up eight yards on his first carry. However, he did appear more dynamic as a receiver out of the backfield by managing gains of 13 and seven yards. Samuels didn't enter the game until Joshua Dobbs was under center in the third quarter. With both Benny Snell and Kalen Ballage largely working ahead of him, Samuels may be at risk of losing out on a roster spot.

Aug 27, 2021 9:00 PM EST


Productive against Eagles

Samuels recorded 10 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown, and he hauled his lone target for 17 yards in Thursday's 24-16 preseason win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Samuels led the Steelers' running backs by playing 27 percent of the team's offensive snaps in Thursday's exhibition game, and he recorded double-digit touches for a second straight week. While he had an inefficient 1.8 yards per carry in the Hall of Fame Game against the Cowboys, he was much more effective with 4.5 yards per carry Thursday. The 2018 fifth-rounder remains in a competition for a backup role with Kalen Ballage (lower body), Anthony McFarland and Benny Snell (undisclosed).

Aug 13, 2021 10:24 AM EST


Logs 11 carries in preseason opener

Samuels rushed 11 times for 20 yards and hauled in his lone target for five yards in the Steelers' 16-3 preseason win over the Cowboys in Thursday's Hall of Fame Game.

Analysis: Samuels is competing for the primary backup role behind Najee Harris ahead of the regular season, and he led the team's backfield in touches during the preseason opener. However, his 1.8 yards per carry ranked last among the team's running backs. Harris will command the majority of the work this season, and Samuels will have to show better efficiency later in the preseason if he hopes to differentiate himself from Kalen Ballage, Anthony McFarland and Benny Snell.

Aug 6, 2021 9:33 AM EST


Gets more competition in offseason

Samuels will have to compete for touches once again this season after the Steelers selected Najee Harris with the 24th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After James Conner signed with the Cardinals during the offseason, the Steelers signed Kalen Ballage at the end of March before selecting Harris with their first pick in the draft. Samuels was mainly limited to special-teams work in 2021, and he could have to compete for a roster spot during training camp and the preseason now that the team's depth chart at running back is even more crowded. Samuels rushed nine times for 28 yards while hauling in nine passes for 46 yards in 2020.

Apr 30, 2021 11:12 AM EST


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