LISTEN: 49ers Defensive Coordinator Search & Roster Musings →
placeholder image

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports


Deebo Samuel, Trent Williams make impactful returns for 49ers; Williams not completely healthy

Nov 12, 2023 at 4:01 PM--


Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel returned to the football field for the first time since suffering a hairline fracture in his shoulder on October 15 against the Cleveland Browns. The 49ers routed the red-hot Jacksonville Jaguars 34-3, with Samuel registering four receptions for 30 yards and three carries for 29 yards, including a touchdown.

Samuel's return was joined by tackle Trent Williams, who had missed the past two games due to an ankle injury. Despite acknowledging that he has not fully recovered, Williams played a crucial role in the game.

"I don't think I took a step back," Williams shared after the game. "Definitely didn't get any better. But I think I'm close to 75, 80 percent. I think I'm still around there."

A still-ailing Williams admitted that he wasn't confident he would suit up in Jacksonville. However, he played, and the All-Pro's presence made an impact.

"I think it was just good to get everybody back," Samuel told team reporter Lindsey Pallares after the game. "You know, we just added [DE] Chase [Young], so you can see our defense was playing crazy right now, only allowing three points. We get back to scoring 30 points. I think it was just a collective win."

Samuel and Williams teamed up on a pivotal play in the third quarter that got the wide receiver into the end zone.

"Once I came around the edge, I seen Trent and nothing but white jerseys, and I was like, 'Yeah, this got to get into the end zone,'" Samuel said.


While Samuel saw Williams during the play, Williams did not see his teammate.

"It's kind of weird because 31 (Jaguars CB Darious Williams) turned around and ran," Williams told reporters, laughing. "I ain't never seen that. I knew he (Samuel) was close because I could just tell the reaction of the guy in front of me.

"But I feel so comfortable with [RB Christian McCaffrey] or [Samuel] out there in the open field, I just got to get in the way long enough for them to make a decision. And once 19 gets a head of steam, it's really tough to bring him down."

When questioned about his determination to play despite not being fully healthy, Williams revealed, "I miss it. Obviously, not being out there the last couple of weeks and not being able to contribute and help my team, it really sucks, man. You feel useless around the building when you're not out there contributing in a physical way."

The offensive lineman acknowledged that he was rusty, something he expected going into the Week 10 matchup, having not played in a month.

Williams added, "It was important for me to get out there, and I told coach a week ago, if I got to 75 percent, I think I was going to give it a shot."

Related News





Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News


placeholder image

49ers insider weighs in on Deebo Samuel vs. Brandon Aiyuk debate

By David Bonilla
Feb 16

Brock Purdy has just completed his second NFL season, which means he's under contract with the San Francisco 49ers for two more years. The team is allowed to begin negotiating a contract extension after the 2024 season. With a salary cap hit of around $1 million next season, Purdy's contract provides the 49ers with some flexibility, allowing them to allocate funds elsewhere on the roster. However, the 49ers are undoubtedly looking ahead, aware that Purdy will eventually demand a larger share of the team's cap space. With the next significant contract anticipated for wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, a debate has arisen regarding the long-term likelihood of retaining both Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel. With some big financial decisions looming, it might only be feasible to


placeholder image

49ers Notebook: Nick Bosa lobbies for 49ers to keep Chase Young; Kyle Juszczyk addresses his future; Has anyone on the team watched the Super Bowl yet?

By Kirk Larrabee
Feb 13

The offseason is underway for the San Francisco 49ers, which means the team's decision makers will soon have to determine which free agents they would like to try to keep and which ones they'll have to let go. One of the more interesting cases is defensive end Chase Young, whom the 49ers added during the regular season from the Washington Commanders in exchange for a third-round draft pick. It may be hard for the 49ers to prevent Young from being more than a rent-a-player, but Young's friend and former Ohio State University teammate Nick Bosa made it clear Tuesday he'd like to see general manager John Lynch and the 49ers brass find a way to keep Young on the team. In this edition of the 49ers Notebook, we delve into a range of topics starting with Bosa's


placeholder image

Video of an emotional Fred Warner reacting to 49ers LB Dre Greenlaw's injury emerges

By David Bonilla
Feb 15

Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw are arguably the best linebacker duo in the NFL, serving as the heart of the San Francisco 49ers defense while sharing a strong bond. Therefore, it's no surprise that Warner felt deeply for his teammate and friend when Greenlaw suffered a torn Achilles in the second quarter of Super Bowl 58 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The following video captures Warner's raw emotional response after Greenlaw was carted off the field, revealing the profound anguish experienced by the star linebacker, even as teammate Nick Bosa attempted to console him. This hurts to watch so much. Via


placeholder image

Klint Kubiak commends Kyle Shanahan after departing 49ers for Saints

By David Bonilla
Feb 15

Klint Kubiak is among several assistant coaches departing the San Francisco 49ers for opportunities elsewhere. He will serve as the New Orleans Saints' offensive coordinator after his stint as the 49ers' offensive passing game specialist. Kubiak only spent one season with the 49ers. Of course, it's unsurprising to see the considerable interest in head coach Kyle Shanahan's coaching staff, given the success many of his proteges have found across the league. Upon his departure, Kubiak had nothing but praise for his time working under Shanahan. "Just being here a year, my experience is, Kyle really lets you into his brain in his game plan meetings," Kubiak


Latest

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone