Deebo Samuel is known throughout the NFL for his versatile ability to run with the ball in addition to catching it, the 49ers wide receiver has even coined his own apt nickname of “Wide Back”.
And this Sunday in San Francisco’s regular season finale against the Los Angeles Rams, Samuel has an opportunity to accomplish something only one other dual-threat wideout has done before, if only by a handful of yards. Can run.
Samuel, who is currently in his fifth pro season, has 4,101 receiving yards and 996 rushing yards since the 49ers selected him in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. With 4 more rushing yards in Week 18 against the Rams at Levi Stadium, Samuel would join Pro Football Hall of Famer Charlie Taylor (Washington, 1964–1968) in reaching 4,000 receiving yards and 1,000 rushing yards in his first five starts. Will be the only player. season’s.
The star wide receiver’s ability to run the ball has been evident since his first season. When the 49ers went to Super Bowl LIV during Samuel’s rookie year, his 53 rushing yards against the Kansas City Chiefs were – and still are – the most by a receiver in Super Bowl history.
Samuel’s All-Pro campaign in 2021 was when coach Kyle Shanahan really began to take advantage of his running back abilities, making the receiver a running back on nearly 11 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. Samuel set an NFL record for most rushing touchdowns that season, and his 49ers contract extension the following summer also included a quick incentive.
At the conclusion of the 2023 NFL regular season, Samuel will again have a chance to etch his name in the NFL record books thanks to his versatility. And even though the 49ers have already locked up the NFC’s No. 1 playoff seed, with home-field advantage and a first-round bye throughout the postseason, Faithfull can expect to see Samuel on the field Sunday — a shot. In history with.
“I think we’ll play [in Week 18] To have a good time, keep the rhythm going and don’t take too much time off,” Samuel Told Kay Adams During Tuesday’s episode of the show “Up and Addams.” “…It’s not a negotiation. Once the coach says one thing, it’s all straight forward.”
This season, Samuel has 871 receiving yards to go with 214 rushing yards on 36 carries. And as San Francisco looks to capture the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl victory in the coming weeks, they will certainly rely heavily on Samuel’s duality.
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