Deebo Samuel

San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #1
San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #1
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Deebo Samuel News

Building chemistry with Trey Lance

Samuel has been working out in Southern California with rookie quarterback Trey Lance, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Samuel seems to be enjoying a healthy offseason, unlike last summer when he suffered a Jones fracture in mid-June. He missed the first three weeks of the regular season, then later missed six more games while dealing with hamstring injuries and a stint on the COVID-19 list. In the seven games he played, Samuel averaged 4.7 receptions for 55.9 yards and 1.1 carries for 3.7 yards, with an average of 12.1 YAC per reception leading all qualified pass catchers. He largely made his living on quick passes and pseudo-handoffs, but there is some hope to add more intermediate or even deep work, especially if Lance ends up being a better downfield passer than Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers seemingly intend to start the veteran Week 1, though the outlook could change in a hurry if Lance is impressive at training camp.

Jun 30, 2021 12:21 PM EST

Won't play final two weeks

Head coach Kyle Shanahan reaffirmed Tuesday that Samuel (hamstring) won't play in either of the 49ers' final two games of the season, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Just over a week ago, Shanahan said Samuel would be shut down for the regular season, but the coach left the door open for the wideout to return to action during a potential postseason run. However, after the 49ers were officially eliminated from playoff contention following Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, Samuel will now have to wait until 2021 to see his next competitive action. The second-year player only suited up in seven games for the 49ers this season, but he was productive during his time on the field with 33 receptions for 391 yards and a touchdown to go with 26 more yards on the ground.

Dec 23, 2020 8:58 AM EST

Done for regular season

Coach Kyle Shanahan indicated Monday that a hamstring strain will keep Samuel out for the rest of the regular season, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: In Samuel's looming absence, added opportunities in the 49ers offense will be available down the stretch for Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne and Richie James.

Dec 14, 2020 2:46 PM EST

Needs MRI, could be done for season

Samuel (hamstring) will get an MRI on Monday on the injury he suffered Sunday against Washington, and there are fears that the injury could be season-ending, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports reports.

Analysis: Coach Kyle Shanahan called the injury significant in the post-game press conference, and Samuel has already missed time due to a hamstring injury this season. The 49ers have been decimated by injuries all season, as Samuel could soon join Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) and George Kittle (foot), among others, on IR.

Dec 13, 2020 8:20 PM EST

Ruled out of Sunday's contest

Samuel (hamstring) won't return to Sunday's game versus Washington, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Samuel injured his hamstring on the first play from scrimmage, a nine-yard run by the second-year wide receiver. With the decision made to keep Samuel out for the rest of the contest, the 49ers are down to Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne, Richie James and River Cracraft as healthy options at wide receiver.

Dec 13, 2020 3:21 PM EST

Hurts hamstring Sunday

Samuel injured his hamstring during Sunday's game against Washington, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: On the first play from scrimmage, Samuel pulled up at the end of a nine-yard carry. He was deemed questionable to return, and if he's unable to do so, the 49ers will have just Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne, Richie James and River Cracraft available at wide receiver.

Dec 13, 2020 1:36 PM EST

Ready to face Washington

Samuel (foot) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Washington, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Analysis: Samuel sat out Wednesday's practice after suffering a foot contusion in a Monday night loss to the Bills. He played 95 percent of San Francisco's offensive snaps in that contest, and he could see a similarly large workload this week as his team fights to stay in the wild-card race.

Dec 11, 2020 1:01 PM EST

Increases activity Thursday

Samuel (foot) was listed as limited on Thursday's injury report, Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee reports.

Analysis: Samuel has improved upon his absence from Wednesday, with one more session left this week to elevate to full participation. There's no telling if it'll happen, but fortunately for Samuel his current foot contusion isn't related to the Jones fracture he sustained back in June, as coach Kyle Shanahan told Biderman on Wednesday. Samuel's status may receive some clarity upon the release of Friday's practice report.

Dec 10, 2020 3:56 PM EST

No activity Wednesday

Samuel (foot) didn't practice Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Analysis: Samuel's absence is the result of a foot contusion, but coach Kyle Shanahan told Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee that the wide receiver's injury isn't related to the Jones fracture he suffered in his left foot back in June. The 49ers are coming off a loss to the Bills on Monday Night Football, so Shanahan is treating Wednesday as if it's a typical Tuesday. As a result, with maintenance the likely root cause of Samuel sitting out to start Week 14 prep, he'll have chances Thursday and Friday to get in some work on the field.

Dec 9, 2020 2:47 PM EST

Won't practice Wednesday

Samuel will miss Wednesday's practice due to a foot contusion, Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee reports.

Analysis: Samuel played 95 percent of offensive snaps in Monday's loss to the Bills, with most of his production coming in the fourth quarter after Buffalo extended the lead to 17 points. His foot injury doesn't sound serious, as coach Kyle Shanahan suggested Samuel might've been able to practice Wednesday if the 49ers had played their last game on Sunday rather than Monday, per Nick Wagoner of

Dec 9, 2020 11:15 AM EST

Comes on late in loss

Samuel secured six of nine targets for 73 yards and rushed once for three yards in the 49ers' 34-24 loss to the Bills on Monday night.

Analysis: Samuel led the 49ers in receptions while tying Brandon Aiyuk in targets on the night, but he made the majority of his noise in the second half. The second-year wideout was largely neutralized early yet was able to capitalize on what became a pass-heavy approach by San Francisco after it incurred a multi-possession deficit. Samuel has encouragingly put together a combined 17-206 line on 22 targets in the two games he's played since returning from a hamstring injury, and he'll look to continue adding to those totals against the tough Steelers defense in a Week 14 Sunday night showdown.

Dec 7, 2020 8:59 PM EST

Puts forth full practice

Samuel (hamstring) returned to practice as a full participant Friday, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Analysis: Samuel's ability to take every rep at Friday's session confirms his absence from practice Thursday was precautionary, just as head coach Kyle Shanahan suggested was the case. The second-year wideout shouldn't face any limitations versus the Bills on Monday, when he'll be looking to build on the season-best performance he submitted in the 49ers' Week 12 win over the Rams (11 catches for 133 yards on 13 targets).

Dec 4, 2020 3:19 PM EST

No practice Thursday

Samuel (hamstring) didn't practice Thursday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: In his return to action this past Sunday against the Rams, Samuel torched L.A. for 11 catches (on 13 targets) for a season-high 133 yards. Along the way, he played 62 of the 49ers' 72 snaps on offense. Coach Kyle Shanahan told Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area that Samuel didn't suffer a setback during the game, so his DNP to kick off Week 13 prep can be considered maintenance-related. Samuel will have two more chances to get on the practice field ahead of Monday's game against the Bills.

Dec 3, 2020 3:18 PM EST

Explodes for 133 yards vs. Rams

Samuel caught 11 of 13 targets for 133 yards during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Making his first appearance since Week 7, Samuel more than doubled his previous season high in yardage as he repeatedly gashed the typically-stout Rams secondary while leading the team in targets and catches as well. He dominated throughout the game but was particularly effective on the game-winning drive as he contributed three catches and 35 yards to help set up a last-second field goal. Samuel appears to be fully over the hamstring injury that sidelined him and will look to build on this excellent effort next Monday night against the Bills.

Nov 29, 2020 7:34 PM EST

Cleared for Week 12

Samuel (hamstring) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Rams, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: The 49ers initially reported Samuel being listed as questionable, but it turns out he's been cleared to play. The team will need a lot from him this week, with fellow wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk on the reserve/COVID-19 list and TE George Kittle (foot) still on injured reserve. Samuel last played in a game Week 7, which was only his fourth appearance of the year. Between summer foot surgery, hamstring issues and the pandemic, his second pro season has been a lesson in bad luck. Samuel will catch passes from Nick Mulles on Sunday, facing a Rams defense that's been excellent defending the pass.

Nov 27, 2020 2:10 PM EST

Maintains limited standing

Samuel (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Analysis: With back-to-back capped sessions under his belt, Samuel is progressing toward his first appearance since Week 7, when he sustained a hamstring injury. However, the 49ers likely want the second-year wide receiver to bump up to full, if possible, before clearing him for game action. Friday's practice report may give an indication of his potential to return Sunday against the Rams.

Nov 26, 2020 2:58 PM EST

Limited in practice Wednesday

Samuel (hamstring) will practice in a limited capacity Wednesday, Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee reports.

Analysis: Samuel appears to have made progress in his recovery during San Francisco's bye, and it looks like he has a shot to return from his three-game absence during Sunday's tilt against the Rams. With Brandon Aiyuk (undisclosed) still on the COVID-19 list, getting Samuel back in the lineup would provide a notable boost for the 49ers' receiving corps.

Nov 25, 2020 1:37 PM EST

In line to practice Wednesday

Samuel (hamstring) is expected to practice Wednesday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Samuel has been beset by injuries this season, first a Jones fracture which extended three games into the regular season and most recently a hamstring issue that wiped out the last three contests. When he was on the field between Weeks 4 and 7, he compiled 16 catches, 199 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown. Fortunately, Samuel appears to be giving practice a shot to start Week 12 prep, but his activity level won't be known until later Wednesday.

Nov 25, 2020 1:29 PM EST

Could be back Week 12

Coach Kyle Shanahan is hopeful Samuel (hamstring) will be available for the 49ers' next game Sunday, Nov. 29 against the Rams, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Analysis: As the 49ers enter their Week 11 bye, Samuel has missed six of the team's first 10 games of the season en route to 16 catches (on 22 targets) for 185 yards and one touchdown. If he is able to prove the health of his hamstring and return Week 12, San Francisco's group of wide receivers will be at its healthiest at any point on the campaign.

Nov 17, 2020 2:34 PM EST

Won't play this week

Samuel (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: This will be Samuel's sixth absence of the season and third in a row, but he at least has a bye coming up in Week 11 to help his chances of avoiding any additional missed games. With TE George Kittle (foot) also sidelined, QB Nick Mullens figures to lean on Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne, Jordan Reed and Jerick McKinnon, though Week 9 standout Richie James could also get involved.

Nov 13, 2020 1:33 PM EST

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