Jaylen Samuels has a pretty quiet-but-good first career start in Oakland a week ago. This week, however, was a bit louder.
Samuels was the primary ball-carrier and helped the Steelers establish a running game that they have desperately needed during their three-game skid. Samuels carried the ball 19 times for 142 yards, averaging 7.5 yards-per-carry.
Credit does deserve to go to the offensive line for some great run-blocking, but Samuels was fantastic at finding holes and cutting back against the defense to find extra creases to gain more yards. Samuels ran like a legitimate pro in this game, adding even more depth to the Steelers’ running back situation. He made Steelers’ fans not miss James Conner in this game and that is really hard to do.