Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk eyes potential Pro Bowl spot

Should the Packers advance to the Super Bowl, then Juszczyk would make it to the Pro Bowl as a first alternate with Packers fullback John Kuhn unable to play in the Pro Bowl because of preparations for the big game.

Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk is now officially a Green Bay Packers fan in the playoffs.

Although he isn't a full-fledged Cheesehead, Juszczyk does have a vested rooting interest in the Packers' NFC championship game against the Seattle Seahawks.


Should the Packers win, then Juszczyk would make it to the Pro Bowl as a first alternate with Packers fullback John Kuhn unable to play because of preparations for the Super Bowl.

"I'm a big Packers fan this week," Juszczyk said. "I don't know if I'm rooting for John Kuhn, or just his team. That would be great. I would love to go to the Pro Bowl."

In his first season as the replacement for former Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach, Juszczyk was an effective lead blocker as running back Justin Forsett gained a career-high 1,266 yards and rushed for eight touchdowns. Juszczyk also caught 19 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown.

"It was great to have my first year as a starter under my belt," Juszczyk said. "I know what to expect after a full season as a starter. I definitely learned a lot and know the type of things I need to work on this offseason. I think Year 3 is just going to be even better."

Juszczyk plans to work on his ball security during the offseason after losing two fumbles during the regular season and fumbling out of bounds during the Ravens' 35-31 playoff loss Saturday to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh mentioned it to Juszczyk before the players left the training complex Sunday.

"Yeah, the coaches definitely do get on me a lot about that," Juszczyk said. "It's weird. I've never had that problem my whole career. Saying bye to coach Harbaugh, he told me to sleep with the football this offseason, Ball security is definitely something I'll be working on."

Juszczyk said he's hoping that Forsett, an unrestricted free agent, signs a new contract with the Ravens.

"That would be great," he said. "I would love to have Justin back. I love blocking for that guy. That would be huge for us."

The Ravens came up short in their bid for a return to the Super Bowl, dealing with 19 players on injured reserve and several off-field issues, including the Ray Rice saga.

But Juszczyk is optimistic about the future.

"I do feel good about it," Juszczyk said. "It was tough finish, but I feel like we overcame so much this year as far as injuries and off-the-field distractions. We kept our heads down and didn't worry about all that stuff and pushed forward.

"We really progressed as a team and have a really solid core."