San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel is enjoying the best season of his NFL career this far. He’s quickly become of the most dynamic weapons the league has to offer. Whether he’s catching the football or running it, Samuel wants to make his presence felt. The Niners star recently sent a message to opposing defenders trying to tackle him.
Deebo Samuel expected to return from injury in Week 14
The San Francisco 49ers received fantastic news heading into their Week 14 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Wide receiver Deebo Samuel projects to return to action just in time to face the Bengals. The third-year wideout suffered a groin injury in the Week 12 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The injury forced Samuel to miss the Week 13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan must be ecstatic to get Samuel back on the field. The offense will be without stud rookie running back Elijah Mitchell, who failed to clear concussion protocol.
The 49ers are currently 6-6 and in the middle of a late-season playoff push. San Francisco would own the final NFC Wild Card spot if the season ended today. Given that the 2021 NFL season is the craziest in some time, Shanahan’s crew needs to keep winning.
Deebo Samuel’s presence makes the 49ers a much more dangerous football team down the stretch.
The 49ers star issues a warning to opposing defenders
NFL wide receivers often receive criticism for being divas or afraid of contact. Well, Deebo Samuel is the complete opposite. Instead, he’s one of the most physical wide receivers in the game today.
The 25-year-old receiver recently joined The Rich Eisen Show to discuss the current state of the 49ers. Samuel spoke about what it’s like going head up with NFL defenders in open field.
Rich Eisen asked the receiver if he sees defenders making business decisions when he has the football. Samuel gave a clever response.
“Honestly, I really don’t pay attention,” said Samuel. “If they move out the way, they move out the way. If they don’t, you know, they just gon’ feel it. Most people kind of turn it down, but some people are out there just making business decisions. They just throw their bodies, hoping I’ll fall down, too.”
Samuel stands 6-foot and 215 pounds. He’s not the tallest receiver, but he’s strong and uses his physicality to his advantage. When he gets the ball, he’s running with bad intentions. It’s no surprise that Kyle Shanahan has opted to feature Samuel in the 49ers’ potent rushing attack.
The superstar wideout is putting the league on notice that he’s never going to shy away from contact from opposing defenders in open field.
Samuel’s breakout season is opening eyes
Deebo Samuel has rapidly become one of the most important components of the San Francisco 49ers’ success in 2021. He’s proving he’s not just a one-trick pony, either.
Entering the new season, the South Carolina product had the reputation of a gadget guy. He’s already debunked that myth.
Samuel has recorded 56 receptions for 1,006 yards and five touchdowns in 11 games. He’s currently fourth in the NFL in receiving yards. His 18 yards per reception rank third in the league. However, he has more than double the number of receptions as the players in front of him (Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards).
The dynamic playmaker has been extremely dangerous in the running game as well. He’s carried the ball 25 times for 203 yards and five touchdowns.
Samuel is a legitimate force to be reckoned with in the NFL. If the 49ers want to reach the playoffs, they must make a concerted effort to get this guy the football, along with Elijah Mitchell and George Kittle.
Once Kyle Shanahan gets the quarterback situation figured out, San Francisco’s offense has the potential to be undeniably special.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference