Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports


Deebo Samuel doesn’t even know how to define his role in 49ers’ offense

Brian Renick
Jan 14, 2022 at 3:53 PM--


49ers' wide receiver Deebo Samuel was named an AP 1st Team All-Pro for the first time in his young career on Friday. He is the first 49ers wide receiver to earn that honor since Terrell Owens earned his third nod back in 2002.

There is no doubt that Deebo deserved the honor as he posted eye-popping stats during his 2021 campaign:

1st in yards per reception (18.2)
3rd in yards from scrimmage (1770)
5th in receiving yards (1405)
3rd amongst wide receivers in total touchdowns (14)
Set an NFL record for rushing touchdowns by a receiver (8)

It's hard to argue that Deebo wasn't the most valuable player on the 49ers' offense this season, and his versatility is largely the reason why. Not only was he the team's number one receiving option, but he was also second on the team in rushing yards, and it was not uncommon in the second half of the season to see him lining up in the backfield for anywhere from five to fifteen snaps a game.

Samuel participated in a Zoom session with the media on Friday and was asked what he would say if he met a stranger on the street and they asked him what position he played. His answer?

"A wide back. Wide receiver playing running back." He followed the response up with a laugh.

The man himself doesn't know how to define his role, and that is one of the advantages that Deebo gives to Kyle Shanahan and the offense. His versatility adds even more creativity to a run game that is already the most creative in the NFL. His ability as a runner also translates to his play at receiver as he is deadly with the ball in his hands after the catch, leading all NFL wide receivers with 10.12 YAC per reception.

Regardless of how you define his role, one thing is certain—Deebo Samuel is a weapon in the 49ers' offense and will play a big role on Sunday if the 49ers hope to pull out a victory against the Dallas Cowboys.

Related News


Nobody's perfect. Did you find a mistake in this article?
Report it.



Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



All-Pro Trent Williams discusses his role on the 49ers and the success of Deebo Samuel

By Adithya Peruvemba
Jan 21

Fresh off a regular season in which Trent Williams—the highest-paid offensive tackle in the NFL—put up the highest single-season PFF grade ever, and made the NFL's All-Pro team, it's obvious the San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle is playing the best football of his career, which is impressive because the 11-year veteran has always been an elite offensive lineman throughout his career, making nine Pro Bowl teams. However, from the time he joined the 49ers, Williams has taken on a larger role than just being a star left tackle. During his time with the Washington Football Team, Williams was tagged as an independent player who didn't demonstrate many leadership qualities, which may have led to his eventual unstable departure after the 2019 NFL season. Now, Williams



Reminiscent of 49ers legend Roger Craig, Deebo Samuel likely to evolve his skill position

By Alan Gaines
Jan 21

Throughout its illustrious history, the beauty of the NFL is that it lives up to the oft-repeated cliche, "It is a copycat league." Seemingly without fail, either an innovative head coach or a uniquely talented player comes along and changes the way the game is played. Sometimes the perfect match happens when a franchise has both an otherworldly brilliant head coach and an uber gifted athlete. It appears that the San Francisco 49ers have found this magic mix for a second time. The first during their dynasty of the 80s, when innovative head coach Bill Walsh began using the "first of his kind" running back Roger Craig as a weapon in the passing game. Today, the combination of the ever-creative 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is paired with the insanely talented wide receiver Deebo



49ers' Deebo Samuel says his injury isn't significant

By Rohan Chakravarthi
Jan 22

As usual, Deebo Samuel played a significant role in San Francisco's offense during their hard-fought 13-10 win against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, during a game where special teams dictated the flow surprisingly. Following the game, Samuel said that he understood the difficulties coming into this game with the weather situation, and how crucial special teams was to San Francisco's victory. "Man, it's just so crazy," Samuel exclaimed. "We knew we needed a play, and we talked about special teams man. Very important this week in this week, you know, you can't really kick the ball, so we went out here and got a blocked punt and we scored and tied the game. Man, it's just crazy right now." Despite the first half struggles, in which San



What if the 49ers don't extend Deebo Samuel this offseason?

By Rohan Chakravarthi
Jan 12

Earlier this week, I suggested that the 49ers should extend Deebo Samuel this offseason, citing his value to this offense as a versatile weapon, the challenge presented from other talented third-year receivers, and how it would best position San Francisco for their future. However, there most certainly is the possibility that Samuel enters next season playing on the last year of his rookie contract. While it may not be the scenario that 49ers fans want to hear, and, in my opinion, the less likely option, let's breakdown the scenarios that could occur should San Francisco elect to bypass an extension for their star receiver this


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone