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Pro Football Focus names Jaylen Samuels a first-team All-American

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Justice at last, friends, justice at last. After countless omissions during this offseason, Jaylen Samuels finally managed to earn a formal preseason accolade. He is Pro Football Focus’ preseason first-team All-American at tight end. My hat is off to the incredibly reasonable people at PFF.

If you’re wondering how often Samuels lined up at tight end last season, PFF has the numbers. This is from a previous article, which deemed JaySam one of the five most versatile players in the country:

Listed as a tight end on NC State’s depth chart, putting a posting to Samuels’ name is a disservice to his true value to the offense. While he played 187 snaps as an in-line tight end, he also spent 164 snaps in the backfield and 189 snaps split out wide or in the slot.

So about a third of his snaps came at the more traditional tight end spot, but another third also came from what Dave Doeren would consider his “move” tight end spot. Which is somewhere between wide receiver and traditional tight end, otherwise known as the modern-era tight end.

He’s likely to occupy those areas on the field more often as long as the backfield is settled, which makes all the quibbling over position seem more ridiculous, but hey, at least somebody is paying attention.