Deebo Samuel

Deebo Samuel

Wide Receiver #1
ADP:Round: 5, Pick: 10
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 214 lb.
College:South Carolina
Age:24
Born:January 15, 1996
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 2 (36)
Draft Team:SF

Deebo Samuel: Moved to NFI list

The 49ers placed Samuel (foot) on the active/non-football injury list Tuesday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The move comes as no surprise due to the Jones fracture suffered by Samuel, which necessitated surgery on June 18. At that time, he was believed to be facing a recovery of 10-to-12 weeks, but GM John Lynch mentioned Tuesday that Samuel may miss regular-season action. "Not going to put an exact timeline on it," Lynch told Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News. "But it's fair to say [Samuel] may miss some games at the start of the year." As a result, Samuel's standing as Week 1 approaches will be of keen interest for the 49ers' balanced offense. Any absence from Samuel will thrust Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne into larger roles.

July 28, 2020 1:54 PM EST

Deebo Samuel: Could miss multiple games

49ers general manager John Lynch acknowledged Tuesday that Samuel (foot) could miss multiple games, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. "Not going to put an exact timeline on it," Lynch said. "But it's fair to say [Samuel] may miss some games at the start of the year."

Analysis: Samuel had surgery June 18 to address a Jones fracture, with early reports putting his recovery/rehab timeline at anywhere from eight to 16 weeks. Matt Barrows of the Athletic has mentioned a narrower window of 10-to-12 weeks, which still would put Samuel's Week 1 availability in serious question. With the second-year pro in danger of missing games, the Niners may need significant September contributions from Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne, among others.

July 28, 2020 8:26 AM EST

Deebo Samuel: Looking at 10-12 week timeline

Samuel (foot) suffered a "classic Jones fracture", which should put his recovery/rehab timeline around 10-to-12 weeks, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Initial reports suggested anything between eight and 16 weeks would be a reasonable expectation. This post-surgery update hints at a narrower window, though it's not something we can project with a high degree of confidence. Given the risk of future complications, the Niners could decide to hold Samuel out of games even if he technically gets medical clearance for Week 1. The 24-year-old wideout had surgery June 18, so he's already two weeks into the timeline estimate.

July 2, 2020 7:26 AM EST

Deebo Samuel: Foot surgery successful

Samuel underwent a procedure Thursday to address the Jones fracture in his left foot, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Samuel sustained the injury earlier this week while training with teammates. The 24-year-old has now already undergone the required surgery, which reportedly "went perfect." Reports on the sophomore's recovery timetable have been scattered, with Ian Rapoport of NFL Network suggesting a "return within 12-16 weeks," Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reporting that Samuel could be ready to kick off the regular season, and Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area indicating that the dynamic wideout should retake the field in just 10 weeks. In any case, already having undergone a successful procedure will allow Samuel to begin his rehab process as early as possible.

June 18, 2020 6:17 PM EST

Deebo Samuel: Suffers Jones fracture

The 49ers revealed Thursday that Samuel suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot while training with teammates earlier this week, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports.

Analysis: Per the report, Samuel's injury -- which will require surgical repair -- entails "a break between the base and the middle part of the fifth metatarsal of the foot." While Ian Rapoport of NFL Network previously suggested that Samuel "should return within 12-16 weeks," a timetable that would presumably result in missed regular-season action for the wideout, ESPN's Adam Schefter offers the more optimistic take that Samuel is expected to be available for Week 1 action. Supporting that notion is that Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area relays that Samuel believes he'll be back in 10 weeks.

June 18, 2020 1:34 PM EST

Deebo Samuel: Suffers broken foot

Samuel suffered a broken foot Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Samuel picked up the injury during a throwing session in Nashville. According to Rapoport, Samuel underwent surgery with noted Dr. Robert Anderson and is expected to be healthy in 12-16 weeks. With such a timetable, he won't be available Week 1, but a midseason appearance seems likely.

June 18, 2020 12:10 PM EST

Deebo Samuel: Breaks records in Super Bowl LIV

Samuel hauled in five of nine targets for 39 yards and carried the ball three times for 53 yards during Sunday's 31-20 Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Not only did Samuel set a new record for rushing yards by a wide receiver in Super Bowl history, but his 32-yard scamper during the 49ers' opening drive was also the single longest run by a wideout on the big stage. The versatile rookie's strong Super Bowl performance is a small consolation for the 49ers following the loss, but combined with his impressive regular season (961 combined yards and six touchdowns over a full 16-game stretch), there's plenty of reason to be optimistic about the dynamic receiver's future fantasy prospects. With Emmanuel Sanders a set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, there may be a realistic path for Samuel to emerge as San Francisco's No. 1 receiver as early as 2020.

February 2, 2020 8:05 PM EST

Deebo Samuel: Totals 89 yards in win

Samuel caught two passes (three targets) for 46 yards and rushed twice for 43 yards in Sunday's NFC Championship Game victory over Green Bay.

Analysis: Samuel's two-catch performance led all San Francisco receivers in a game where the team threw the ball just eight times. The dynamic rookie was able to bolster his final stat line with a couple of big end around rushes as he has done at times this season. The 49ers may be forced to actually pass the ball with regularity if the Chiefs' aerial attack is able to put up some early points in the Super Bowl, which could make Samuel a nice value play after modest receiving outputs in the team's first two playoff wins.

January 19, 2020 9:05 PM EST

Deebo Samuel: Huge game to finish regular season

Samuel corralled all five targets for 102 yards while rushing twice for 33 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-21 win over Seattle.

Analysis: Samuel made some big plays through the air, but he was able to find the end zone when he deployed a nifty spin move on a 30-yard end around in the first quarter. This was a signature game for the second-round rookie, as he flashed his ability as a wideout with his third 100-yard receiving game, while also putting his versatility as a rushing threat on display as well. Samuel finishes his first pro season with 961 combined yards and six touchdowns over a full 16 games, surpassing receivers with more experience on the depth chart to finish second only behind Emmanuel Sanders. The dynamic wideout figures to maintain that role through the playoffs, but he could elevate to the 49ers' top wide receiver option with Sanders set for unrestricted free agency this upcoming offseason.

December 29, 2019 10:37 PM EST

Deebo Samuel: Cleared for SNF in Seattle

Samuel (shoulder) will play in Sunday's game at Seattle, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It isn't entirely clear if this is the same shoulder injury that bothered Samuel throughout much of November. Whatever the case, he's been cleared to play in Sunday night's battle for first place in the NFC West. The rookie caught eight of 11 targets for 112 yards in his previous matchup with the Seahawks, benefitting from extra volume after Emmanuel Sanders suffered a rib injury.

December 27, 2019 1:41 PM EST

Deebo Samuel: Limited again Thursday

Samuel (shoulder) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Samuel maintained his listing from Wednesday's estimated injury report as he deals with an undisclosed shoulder issue, which has forced him to wear a blue no-contact jersey on the practice field, per Matt Barrows of The Athletic. Friday's report may give the final word on Samuel's availability for Sunday's contest at Seattle.

December 26, 2019 3:14 PM EST

Deebo Samuel: Limited in practice

Samuel was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report with a shoulder injury, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Samuel was spotted wearing a non-contact jersey during Tuesday's unofficial practice, which effectively represented the team's first session of the week with players having Christmas Day off. The wideout will have two more official practices to upgrade his activity level, with a final word on his outlook for Sunday's game in Seattle coming at the conclusion of Friday's session.

December 25, 2019 1:49 PM EST

Deebo Samuel: Dons non-contact jersey

Samuel (undisclosed) wore a blue no-contact jersey during Tuesday's unofficial practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Samuel has dealt with the occasional injury this season, missing one game (Week 7) along the way, so the 49ers may merely be exercising caution with the rookie wide receiver on the doorstep of the playoffs. Wednesday's practice report will provide the first glimpse into his on-field activity for the regular-season finale.

December 24, 2019 1:38 PM EST

Deebo Samuel: Garners 59 total yards in win

Samuel secured four of six targets for 31 yards and rushed three times for 28 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' 34-31 win over the Rams on Saturday.

Analysis: Samuel's work in the passing game was modest overall, although he checked in second in both receptions and targets for the 49ers on the night. However, the rookie made his biggest impact on the ground, scoring his second rushing touchdown of the season on a 19-yard run early in the second quarter. Samuel's production through the air has been somewhat volatile following a pair of 100-yard efforts in Weeks 10 and 11, but he'll have an opportunity to face off with one of the teams he eclipsed the century mark against, the Seahawks, in a Week 17 NFC West showdown.

December 21, 2019 9:22 PM EST

Deebo Samuel: Just two touches Sunday

Samuel had one catch (three targets) for 29 yards and one carry for eight yards in Sunday's 29-22 loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: George Kittle (13 receptions for 134 yards) ate up nearly all of Jimmy Garoppolo's targets, leaving scraps for the wideout corps. While Samuel recorded just two touches, he was able to break off the biggest gain of any wideout on his 29-yard catch and run. The rookie reached 100 total yards in three of his five previous contests, so look for him to get more involved against a Rams team that can be beat through the air Saturday.

December 16, 2019 12:11 PM EST

Deebo Samuel: Just two touches Sunday

Samuel had one catch (three targets) for 29 yards and one carry for eight yards in Sunday's 29-22 loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: George Kittle (13 receptions for 134 yards) ate up nearly all of Jimmy Garoppolo's targets, leaving scraps for the wideout corps. While Samuel recorded just two touches, he was able to break off the biggest gain of any wideout on his 29-yard catch and run. The rookie reached 100 total yards in three of his five previous contests, so look for him to get more involved against a Rams team that can be beat through the air Saturday.

December 16, 2019 12:08 PM EST

Deebo Samuel: Uses legs to eclipse century mark

Samuel had five catches (eight targets) for 76 yards and rushed for 33 yards on two carries in Sunday's 48-46 win over New Orleans.

Analysis: Samuel's line will understandably be dwarfed by Emmanuel Sanders' monstrous fantasy line (seven catches, 157 yards, a receiving touchdown and a passing touchdown), but the former's output is certainly worth paying attention to. The rookie has quietly put up five consecutive double-digit fantasy point performances as he continues to gain Jimmy Garoppolo's trust in a starting role. The Falcons rank in the bottom-third of the league in pass defense, and they have enough firepower on offense to potentially force the 49ers to feature a more pass-happy gameplan, making Samuel viable in most formats for Week 15.

December 9, 2019 11:20 AM EST

Deebo Samuel: Building TD streak

Samuel caught two of four targets for 41 yards and a touchdown while adding a 20-yard rush in Sunday's 20-17 loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: Samuel showed off his ball skills on his touchdown catch, snagging it in between two defenders for a 33-yard score on San Francisco's opening drive. The Ravens were able to contain him after that, but the rookie wide receiver now has touchdowns in consecutive games after finding the end zone only once in his first nine appearances. Maintaining that momentum won't be easy, with a Week 14 trip to New Orleans on tap for the 49ers.

December 1, 2019 2:26 PM EST

Deebo Samuel: Ready to play

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

Analysis: Samuel had no problem playing through the same ailment last week, catching both of his targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in a 37-8 win over the Packers. A matchup with Baltimore's first-rate secondary appears tricky, but the bright side of a difficult matchup is that it should lead to more passing volume for Jimmy Garoppolo.

November 29, 2019 1:52 PM EST

Deebo Samuel: Still limited at practice

Samuel (shoulder) remained limited at practice Thursday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: As did Emmanuel Sanders (ribs), but Maiocco suggests that both receivers "appear to be on pace" to play Sunday against the Ravens. We'll circle back on their status' Friday to see if either (or both) head into the weekend listed as questionable, or minus a Week 13 injury designation.

November 28, 2019 2:40 PM EST

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