Born on January 15, 1996, Tyshun Raequan “Deebo” Samuel plays wide receiver for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers (NFL). He was drafted by the 49ers in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft after playing college football at South Carolina. He made the Pro Bowl and All-Pro first team that year (2021).
With the offseason contract extension of wide receiver Deebo Samuel, the San Francisco 49ers secured a key component of their future. Samuel’s health is a concern as he returns to a key position in Kyle Shanahan‘s offense this year.
Samuel has missed the last week of practice due to a knee contusion, more precisely a bruise on the back of the knee. Despite the fact that the injury Samuel sustained in the preseason matchup with the Houston Texans is not considered significant, his availability for Week 1 is still up in the air.
If the details we have about Samuel’s injuries so far pan out, it will be good news. Despite the fact that Samuel has not participated in a single practice this week due to the injury he sustained against the Texans, his availability for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears is likely if he can complete even one practice by Friday.
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Perhaps as a precaution, Shanahan and his staff have kept Samuel off the field this week, but his presence at practice this week will indicate how he fares on Sunday. In the unlikely event that Samuel is unable to play in Week 1, Brandon Aiyuk will likely be elevated to the role of San Francisco’s No. 1 wide receiver.
Danny Gray and Ray-Ray McCloud III are listed behind Samuel on the depth chart and could see more passes from Trey Lance if Samuel is unable to play. After accumulating 99 receiving yards and scoring a touchdown on a pass from Lance, Gray showed potential in the 49ers’ preseason opener.
Samuel is used as a traditional running back in the backfield around 11% of the time to maximize his opportunities to make plays with the ball. Samuel has been selected for the 2021 Pro Bowl.
Samuel led the NFL in rushing touchdowns of 10+ yards (6) and has the most rushing touchdowns in a season by a wide receiver in NFL history (8). With a victory over the Los Angeles Rams on the line in Week 18, quarterback J. R. Samuel threw for 24 yards and ran for 16 more in a game that the team had to win.
As a wide receiver, Samuel finished the regular season with 77 catches, 1,405 receiving yards, and six touchdowns. Samuel set a new record for most running touchdowns by a wide receiver in a season with eight. He finished with 59 rushing attempts, 365 rushing yards, and a total of 365 yards. A touchdown pass was also thrown by Samuel.
In the Wild Card Round victory over the Dallas Cowboys, Samuel caught three passes for 38 yards and ran for 72 yards and a touchdown on ten carries. The victory came by a score of 23-17.
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