The San Francisco 49ers are one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL, and that’s why they’re still in the playoffs. Kyle Shanahan’s squad is a tight-knit unit. The players have an unwavering belief in one another. All-Pro offensive lineman Trent Williams raves about Deebo Samuel. He says the star wide receiver is a rare talent.
Trent Williams says Deebo Samuel is one of a kind
Offensive tackle Trent Williams has been in the NFL for 11 seasons, and he’s made nine Pro Bowls. Not to mention, he’s 6-foot-5, 320 pounds. His name holds weight, as does his opinion. The All-Pro left tackle has a strong opinion on his San Francisco 49ers teammate, Deebo Samuel.
“Deebo is special,” Williams said. “He’s unlike any player I’ve ever seen. I was watching film from the previous year in ’19. I told him then that I feel like he’s one of the best people I’ve ever seen with the football.”
The veteran offensive lineman also compared Samuel to another dynamic wideout who used to star in the NFL.
“He reminded me a lot,” Williams added. “I’ve never seen a guy with that burst other than Percy Harvin. To me, he was one of the better guys I’ve ever seen in person. But I think this year, he [Samuel] blew it out the water. There’s literally no comparison to a player like Deebo. We are very blessed and lucky to have him on our team.”
Trent Williams also credited head coach Kyle Shanahan for putting Deebo Samuel in a position to succeed.
“Kyle being such a genius as an offensive-minded coach,” he said. “That marries up perfectly with one of the unicorn weapons that we have in Deebo.”
How the 49ers star wideout can shine against the Packers
Trent Williams speaks very highly of Deebo Samuel, which should come as no surprise. Samuel has been a do-it-all player for the San Francisco 49ers in 2021.
The South Carolina product enjoyed the best season of his NFL career. He recorded 77 receptions for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns. He finished fifth in receiving yards and led the league in yards per reception (18.2).
While Samuel is proving to be a legitimate big-play receiving threat, he’s far from a one-trick pony. He’s also making a tremendous impact in the ground game.
Kyle Shanahan is one of the NFL’s brightest offensive minds, and he excels at getting the football to his most dangerous weapons. Samuel carried the ball 59 times in the regular season, racking up 365 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
The 26-year-old swiss-army knife shined in the win over the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round. He recorded 110 all-purpose yards and a rushing touchdown.
The 49ers understand their identity and rarely veer from it. Expect a heavy dose of the run game against the Packers in the Divisional Round. Defeating Aaron Rodgers and company is a tall task, but Deebo Samuel is proving to be matchup-proof. His game-changing ability could keep this one close.
The All-Pro left tackle’s impact on the team is invaluable
The 49ers have relied heavily on Deebo Samuel’s high energy throughout the 2021 season. Much like the Pro Bowl wideout, Trent Williams is one of the emotional leaders on this football team.
The Longview, Texas native is a well-respected player around the NFL, and he’s arguably the best all-around offensive lineman in the game today.
Williams arrived in San Francisco after spending his first nine seasons in Washington. He brought several years of valuable experience with him. The 33-year-old veteran uses his wisdom to help the younger guys on the team.
“I’ve been around for a long time,” said Williams. “A ton of these guys on the team have been watching me play since they were in middle school or high school. My role is kind of that emotional guy who’s pretty much been through everything in the NFL. A lot of ups and downs. I feel like I can relate to every player in that locker room at some level.”
Trent Williams is the perfect guy to lead a young squad into an underdog scenario in the playoffs. Even though he’s never won a Super Bowl, he carries himself like a champion. He leads by example, and his teammates respect him.
For the Niners to shock the Packers, the team must follow the lead of Williams and Deebo Samuel.
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